Atomic Energy of Canada Limited


OTTAWA – Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) published today a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) to manage and operate Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL).

The RFEOI has been published on MERX: Renewal Of A Contract To Manage And Operate Canadian Nuclear Laboratories – RFIEI20220926 | MERX

AECL, a Canadian Crown corporation, seeks from potential industry proponents their interest, experience and capability to manage and operate CNL under a Government Owned Contractor Operated (“GoCo”) contracting model after the current contract ends. Responses received will be used in the development of a procurement plan to decide if and how AECL will proceed with a procurement to award a follow-on contract.

AECL owns the sites, facilities, assets, liabilities, and intellectual property of CNL while CNL is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of those assets and holds the nuclear site licences. CNL has been managed since September of 2015 by Canadian National Energy Alliance (CNEA), a consortium made up of three partner companies – SNC-Lavalin, Jacobs Engineering and Fluor Federal Services – under a contract that will expire in September of 2025.

CNL is focused on three areas:

  • Managing radioactive waste, environment remediation and nuclear decommissioning responsibilities
  • Performing science and technology activities to meet core federal responsibilities
  • Supporting Canadian industry, both nuclear and other, through access to science and technology facilities and expertise on a commercial basis.

The objective of any procurement and resulting contract will be to contain or reduce costs and risks for Canadian taxpayers while leveraging CNL’s capabilities and resources for Canadians.

Expressions of interest must be submitted via MERX on or before October 26, 2022. (Note: An incorrect date appeared in a previous version of this release. The 26th is correct.)


For further information:

Malcolm Bernard
Communications Advisor

+1 613 612-0096