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Since 1986 INTECH NDE, a privately held company with offices in Edmonton, Alberta and Richmond, British Columbia, has built a reputation for meeting our customer's needs by developing successful alliances with the world's top quality-conscious manufacturers of inspection and NDE products.

INTECH NDE is pleased to announce that we have opened a new location in Oakville, Ontario to better serve our customers in Eastern Canada. Our office is located at 1200 Speers Road, Unit 48, Oakville. This new office encompasses the same ideals that have contributed to our success in our other locations. It has been a pleasure to work with our existing customers directly in their territory. Since opening in July we have rapidly built up our customer base by meeting with new customers, discussing their requirements and helping them overcome the inspection challenges they face.

Our mission remains the same -  to position ourselves as the "first choice" partner for any company implementing or expanding an inspection program or service. Our goal is to contribute to our Industry through our collective skills and knowledge and to commit to the success of our customers while, at the same time enhancing our company, our employees and our community. Our promise is to provide our customers with dependable products, exceptional service and technical expertise.

Phoenix, LLC., a nuclear technology company based in Monona, Wisconsin, is set to open its new neutron radiography facility in Fitchburg, Wisconsin before the end of this year.  This state-of-the-art facility, which will offer thermal and fast neutron imaging along with two-dimensional and CT X-ray imaging, will be a one-stop radiography services vendor for NDT professionals that mitigates the risk and complications of using nuclear reactor facilities.
 
  • Powerful and unique nondestructive testing method which was first developed soon after the discovery of the neutron in the 1930s. As a viable tool for industrial NDT, N-ray has existed since at least the 1950s; however, until now, only fission reactors could provide a high enough neutron flux to produce radiographic images in a timely manner, restricting its use to a small community of NDT professionals.
  • Neutron imaging works similarly to X-ray imaging. By firing a beam of neutron radiation at an object, NDT professionals can create an image of its internal structure. Neutrons interact differently with most materials compared to X-rays, though; unlike X-rays, which easily pass through light materials without penetrating denser materials, neutrons can easily pass through dense materials without penetrating lighter materials.
  • Neutron imaging is ideal for the aerospace and defense industries, since there are many components that cannot be easily imaged with X-ray alone.
  • The Phoenix Neutron Imaging Facility (PNIC) will be the first and as-yet only facility to offer both X-ray and neutron radiography services to NDT specialists without the need for a fission reactor
 
Construction on PNIC began in October, 2018. PNIC will open in fall 2019 and begin accepting work from new clients in early 2020. In addition to this new facility, the company is set to break ground on its new corporate headquarters on the same site.
 
About Phoenix:
Transforming nuclear technology to better our world since 2005, Phoenix designs the world’s strongest fusion neutron generators. Convenient, reliable, and safe, Phoenix’s cutting-edge technology has been used in the aerospace, defense, medical, and energy sectors to improve manufacturing efficiency and quality.
 
Contact:
Katie Rittenhouse
Sales and Marketing Director
(608) 210-3060
Zetec Inc, a global leader in NDT solutions, has announced the hiring of Paul Hillman as its UK-based Sales Manager.
 
Paul will manage sales and business development for Zetec’s ultrasonic and eddy current technology solutions in Northern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has more than eight years of global product sales, key account and channel partner experience in industrial NDT markets and completed an FdSc in NDT, including eddy current and ultrasonics. Paul also holds a Level 2 in phased array.
Paul’s experience fits perfectly with the company’s continued growth in aerospace, oil & gas, military, manufacturing and other industries in the Europe, Middle East, Africa and India (EMEAI) region, while supporting its leadership in NDT for power-generation markets. “We are excited to have Paul joining the Zetec team. His expertise will help to bring our innovative solutions to the territories’ key NDT leaders,” said Laurent Enenkel, Vice President of Zetec in the EMEAI region.
 
“Zetec has a long track record of developing innovative and technology-leading equipment for the NDT industry. I am delighted to be a part of its growing success in solving the most demanding of applications,” said Paul.
 
Paul is based in the UK and will be working with Zetec’s customers and channel partners throughout the EMEA region.
Toronto – Ontario Power Generation (“OPG”), under a new subsidiary, has entered into a purchase agreement with affiliates of TC Energy (formerly TransCanada Corporation) to acquire a portfolio of combined-cycle natural gas-fired plants in Ontario.

The role that natural gas plays in maintaining system reliability has become even more important with the addition of intermittent wind and solar generation in recent years. Natural gas is the partner or enabler of renewable energy, providing the flexibility required to ensure a reliable electricity system.”
-Ken Hartwick, OPG’s President and CEO
 
Key Facts About TC Energy Transaction
 
Acquiring portfolio of combined-cycle natural gas-fired plants in Ontario from affiliates of TC Energy:
    -100% ownership of Napanee Generating Station (900 MW)
    -100% ownership of Halton Hills Generating Station (683 MW)
    -Remaining 50% ownership of Toronto’s Portlands Energy Centre (50% of 550 MW)

In addition to these assets, OPG entered into a purchase and sale agreement with affiliates of Canadian Utilities Limited in June to acquire the remaining 50% interest in the 560MW combined-cycle natural gas-fired Brighton Beach Generating Station. OPG already owns 50% of the Brighton Beach Generating Station.

OPG is the largest electricity generator in the province, providing almost half the power Ontarians rely on every day. It is also one of the most diverse generators in North America with expertise in nuclear, hydro, biomass, solar and gas.

For further information, please contact:
Ontario Power Generation
416-592-4008 or 1-877-592-4008
Release via OPG website.
MISSISSAUGA: July 19, 2019 - Candu Energy Inc., a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, was awarded $36 million worth of contracts from Bruce Power in 2019 from January 1 to April 31 to support Bruce Power’s operational objectives. This includes initiatives that will reduce maintenance outage duration and increase output from the Unit 4 reactor. The work was awarded under a Master Services Agreement signed in 2016 and is in addition to work announced previously.
 
The award includes continued support of the Bruce Reactor Inspection and Maintenance System (BRIMS) program with the maintance and operation of the Advanced NonDestructive Examination (ANDE)/replication maintenance tool and the Modal Detection And Repositioning (MODAR) tool for fuel channel spacer repositioning.  The BRIMS work is about time-saving innovations that will contribute to the common goal of reducing the outage duration.
 
“Employees at SNC-Lavalin continue to explore and introduce innovation to Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program that provides efficiencies and value to the job,” said Bill Fox, Executive Vice-President, Nuclear at SNC-Lavalin. “We remain committed to making investments to grow our team and explore new technologies to support ongoing plant operations as well as the Major Component Replacement Project.”
 
The awards also include a new initiative to deploy SNC-Lavalin’s CANDUclean™ System to remove the oxide deposits from all accessible U-tubes in each of the preheaters in Unit 4 to improve output. This latest application of the CANDUclean™ technology is the result of a collaborative effort between Bruce Power and SNC-Lavalin.
“Increasing our output and operating the Bruce Power site to 2064 by innovating and extending the life of our units will create and sustain 22,000 direct and indirect jobs annually, while injecting $4 billion into Ontario’s economy each year for decades,” said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and CEO. “By working together with our partners to find efficiencies we will continue to power more for less in support of Ontario families and businesses.”
 
Since the early 1990’s, the CANDUclean™ system has been successfully deployed at CANDU® nuclear power plants worldwide to remove magnetite deposits from inside the steam generator tubes.  The current technology evolved through modifications implemented out of operating experience and lessons learned from past efforts. This has resulted in a mature system with a history of successfully increasing heat exchanger flows, reducing reactor inlet header temperatures, improving the ability to inspect steam generator tubes and reducing maintenance operator radiation fields.
 
About SNC-Lavalin
Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a global fully integrated professional services and project management company and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From offices around the world, SNC-Lavalin's employees think beyond engineering. Our teams provide comprehensive end-to-end project solutions – including capital investment, consulting, design, engineering, construction management, sustaining capital and operations and maintenance – to clients across the EDPM (engineering, design and project management), Infrastructure, Nuclear, Clean Power, and Resources businesses. www.snclavalin.com
 
About CANDU® technology
SNC-Lavalin is the sole licensee for CANDU® heavy water reactor technology. CANDU reactors were designed as multi-fuel reactors capable of using natural uranium, recovered uranium, mixed -oxide and thorium fuels. CANDU reactors are an important component of low-carbon clean air energy programs on four continents and power over 50% of the homes of the province of Ontario’s 14 million residents.
 
Media
Ken Chiu
Senior Advisor, External Communications
416-252-5315, ext. 54541
Ken.Chiu@snclavalin.com
Kent, WA – Industrial Inspection & Analysis, Inc.™ ("IIA") – a leader in providing inspection, testing, and engineering services – expands its service offerings with the recent acquisition of Advanced Technical Services NW, Inc. ("ATS"). Based in Kent, WA, ATS is the largest full-service, independent provider of calibration services in the Pacific Northwest.
 
Founded in 1986, ATS is a leader in providing calibration services of the highest quality. With a focus on customer service and a proven track record of helping companies achieve the increasing demands for quality and service, the addition of ATS is a great complement to IIA’s Laboratory Services group, which includes NDT Laboratories, QC Group, Timco Engineering, and IBB Technology of America.
 
"ATS’s unique mix of field and laboratory calibration services for customers in the Pacific Northwest region are a welcome addition to IIA’s ever-growing portfolio of capabilities" explains John Cote, Chairman of IIA. "The market we serve has an essential need for ongoing monitoring of their equipment and machinery to ensure proper functionality when building various parts and components. We are excited to boost our ever-expanding list of in-house capabilities with the addition of ATS’s calibration services. We look forward to continuing the success Cathy Baldwin and Phil Lausier have achieved to this point as we work to expand our suite of solutions to our customers."
 
"We are excited to announce this transaction and see great value for ATS partnering with IIA moving forward," states Cathy Baldwin, President of ATS." Phil Lausier and I are very proud of what our team has accomplished to date, and we are grateful to our dedicated staff who have represented our company well through high quality service. We expect ATS and its employees will achieve great success with IIA in the years to come."
 
This transaction continues IIA’s strategy of building a network of inspection and testing brands that hold a competitive advantage and offer a strong value proposition to a long list of customers in a wide variety of end markets.

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