AGF Access Group to fabricate Winsafe platforms for nuclear refurbishment project
The two suspended platforms, based on a modular concept, will be used to provide access inside the reactor vaults.
The MCR Project begins in January and is part of Bruce Power's Life Extension Program, which started in 2016 and will enable the electricity supplier to operate safely through to 2064. The Winsafe work platforms will be used during the refurbishment of the Primary Heat Transport Systems located in the reactor.
"We are becoming well known for our access ingenuity and experience within the nuclear industry," said Alex Di Domenico, Vice President, Major Projects, AAG. "Our relationship with Bruce Power, Hatch and Aecon has evolved over the years, and we have successfully expanded our contract to be an even more experienced fabricator for the nuclear application."
The two platforms, suspended from existing structures, will provide support for the replacement of the upper feeder tubes and associated components within the space-limited reactor core.
Measuring roughly 60 feet in length and 30 feet wide, each platform has the capacity to support multiple workers and their tools while they maneuver and fit up the tight and exacting tolerances for work with the heavy feeder tubes.
"Our unique approach for the nuclear industry is to provide a design concept that allows workers to quickly put together the feeder platforms without struggling with nuts and bolts while wearing their protective gear," said Emmanuel Piec, General Manager, Winsafe. "By making the platform modular and almost tool-free, they can quickly assemble it into place in a constricted space both safely and accurately."