The EC6 - An Enhanced Mid-Sized Reactor with Fuel Cycle Applications
International Conference on the Future of Heavy Water Reactors - 2011 October 02-05

Presented at:
International Conference on the Future of Heavy Water Reactors
2011 October 02-05
Ottawa, Canada
Session Title:
Reactor Design

Stephen Yu (CANDU Energy)
Ian J. Hastings (CANDU Energy)


Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) has two CANDU® reactor products matched to markets: the Enhanced CANDU 6® (EC6®), a modern 700 MWe-class design, and the Advanced CANDU Reactor® (ACR-1000®), a 1200 MWe-class Gen III+ design. Both reactor types are designed to meet both market-, and customer-driven needs; the ACR- 1000 design is 90% complete and market-ready. The EC6 incorporates the CANDU 6’s well-proven features, and adds enhancements that make the reactor even safer and easier to operate. The EC6 is the only mid-sized reactor with a proven pedigree that meets modern reactor expectations and regulatory standards. It is sized for smaller grids and also has outstanding fuel-cycle capability. The EC6 has domestic and offshore market pull and is the current focus of AECL’s development program; market interest in the ACR-1000 is anticipated in the longer term.

Some of the key features incorporated into the EC6 include upgrading containment and seismic capability to meet modern standards, shortening the overall project schedule, addressing obsolescence issues, optimizing maintenance outages and incorporating lessons learnt through feedback obtained from the operating plants. The EC6 utilizes modern computers and a distributed control system housed in an advanced control room which, along with automated testing and on-line diagnostics, make the plant easier and safer to operate, with minimal operator intervention. The first deployment of the EC6 is anticipated in Canada; off-shore markets are also being pursued.

The EC6 burns natural uranium as standard. But, high neutron economy, on-power refuelling, a simple fuel bundle, and the fundamental CANDU fuel channel design provide the EC6 with the flexibility to accommodate a range of advanced fuels.

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