CNL and University of New Brunswick Commercial Form


CHALK RIVER, Ontario, March 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada’s leading nuclear science and technology organization, and the University of New Brunswick, one of the top universities in the Canada, are pleased to announce that they have entered into a partnership to seek business opportunities for the nuclear power industry. The new agreement formalizes what was already a strong working relationship between the two organizations, which have collaborated on research related to reactor chemistry and other technologies over the past few years through the Center for Research on UNB Nuclear Energy (UNB CNER).

Nuclear reactor chemistry provides an indication of reactor operating conditions, as well as the condition of materials and components inside the reactor. The electricity produced by nuclear reactors is low in carbon, emits no greenhouse gases and will continue to help Canada move towards a “net zero” energy system in the future. Under the terms of the agreement, CNL and UNB CNER will explore business opportunities and pursue commercial contracts related to the operation of water-cooled nuclear power plants. Specifically, the organizations will focus on providing chemical support to power plant operators on a commercial basis, in the form of consultancy and operational support services.

“CNL is delighted to enter into this partnership with the University of Brunswick, which combines the resources of both parties to fill a key gap in chemistry services for water-cooled nuclear reactors,” commented Joe McBrearty, President and CEO of CNL. “Together, CNL and UNB have the expertise, infrastructure, equipment and technology to service water-cooled reactors, so this is a very natural fit for both parties. . The partnership builds on a long-standing relationship with an organization that shares our commitment to technical excellence and customer service.

“We are committed not only to deepening our knowledge, but to sharing that knowledge with our partners and colleagues, and to helping solve the complex challenges we face in our communities,” said Dr. Paul J. Mazerolle, President and vice-chancellor of UNB. “This partnership recognizes the expertise and innovative solutions found here at UNB, and the future specialists we support. Congratulations to Dr Cook and the CNER team, and welcome to our new partner, the CNL.

As part of the agreement, CNL and UNB have identified “specialty areas” that utilize both organizations’ industry expertise and other resources, including reactor chemistry specifications, purification, emerging plant issues, and research and development work. In addition to these focus areas, CNL and UNB will also explore other opportunities where their complementary capabilities could be used to service nuclear power plants and will develop and execute business plans to pursue these business opportunities.

As Canada’s national nuclear laboratory, CNL manages and operates a licensed nuclear campus and some of the world’s most unique nuclear research facilities on behalf of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), many of which can be profit in support of this agreement. CNL is also home to some of the world’s leading experts in a wide range of scientific and technical fields. In return, CNL will benefit from the multidisciplinary work carried out by UNB’s CNER, a diverse and multidisciplinary research institute that houses state-of-the-art test facilities, including high-pressure test loops and high temperature that can simulate a variety of nuclear process systems.

“Reactor sustainability is one of CNL’s key programs that help ensure the safe and continued operation of nuclear reactors across Canada and around the world,” commented Dr. Jeff Griffin, Vice President, Science and Technology. of CNL. “In certain key areas, we recognize that working with a like-minded partner can extend the capabilities we offer and provide better service to our customers. This is certainly the case with the University of New Brunswick, and we look forward to working with them to establish and grow this new business venture.

For more information about CNL, including its reactor sustainability services, please visit To learn more about the University of New Brunswick, including its Center for Nuclear Energy Research, please visit

About CNL

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is a world leader in nuclear science and technology offering unique capabilities and solutions across a wide range of industries. Actively participating in industry-driven research and development in nuclear, transportation, clean technology, energy, defense, security and life sciences, we provide solutions for maintain the competitiveness of these sectors on an international scale.

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has the expertise and experience necessary to maintain safe, reliable and efficient nuclear reactors. We support utilities, their suppliers, and industry research organizations by providing in-depth research into operations and maintenance practices; life extension initiatives; and, Innovation which develops technologies to support reactor modernization.

With continued investment in new facilities and a focused mandate, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is well positioned for the future. A new performance standard reinforced by a strong safety culture underpins every activity.

For more information on the full range of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories services, please visit or contact [email protected]

About the UNB Nuclear Energy Research Center

The Nuclear Energy Research Center (NERC) at UNB was established in 1991 as engineering and research and development support for Atomic Energy Canada Limited (AECL) and NB Power, with support from the Board of Research and Productivity (RPC) of New Brunswick. Over the past three decades, CNER has established and maintained technical expertise in the areas of chemistry and corrosion and has recently expanded into new areas, including supporting research and development of small modular reactors ( SMR). The CNER operates numerous test systems that simulate the cooling circuits of nuclear power plants. As an academic research institute, CNER advances academic research, provides expertise in these key areas to the nuclear industry in Canada and abroad, and actively trains the next generation of highly skilled professionals who will lead the industry into the future.

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Director, Corporate Communications


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