Canada’s Scottish nuclear power chief appoints Greenock-based consultants

Bruce Power nuclear plant, Ontario
Bruce Power nuclear plant, Ontario
Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive, Bruce Power
Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive, Bruce Power

Bruce Power, operators of the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility in Canada, has appointed Greenock-based VA Business Solutions to support continuous improvement in the area of project management at its Ontario plant.

VA Business Solutions, an independent consulting group of experienced industry professionals, was brought on board to deliver independent oversight of Bruce Power’s project management capability. Its contract is renewed for a further three years.

Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive, Bruce Power, said: “Delivering projects successfully is integral to our future success and we were looking for a fresh set of eyes with unparalleled expertise to ensure we’re doing everything we can to ensure that we’re world class when it comes to project management.

“That’s why we have entered into this relationship with VA Business Solutions and we’re very pleased with the results we’ve seen so far.”

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30% of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors.

It was briefly owned in the private-sector as part of the then British Energy plc – the privatised nuclear operator which had subsumed Scottish Nuclear Ltd. Duncan Hawthorne – a Strathclyde graduate – was formerly a senior plant manager at Scottish Nuclear before its incorporation into British Energy. Coincidentally, Bruce Power retains the same dual-type face and logo similar to that used by British Energy, prior to its FTSE-delisting and takeover by the French state-owned EDF.

The partnership, launched in 2014, will continue for the next three years.

Phil Simpson, Executive Project Leader with VA Business Solutions, said: “We have a team of people working onsite with Bruce Power to provide a tailored, individual solution to help ensure its project management performance sets and maintains a world class standard.

“The combination will ensure we deliver a dramatic return on investment to Bruce Power. “


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