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Apr 16, 2019

SNC-Lavalin joint venture wins $1B contract to decommission U.S. nuclear site

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. signage is displayed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.

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MONTREAL - An SNC-Lavalin (SNC.TO) joint venture has secured a contract valued at more than $1 billion to decommission three nuclear reactors at a power plant in New York.

Comprehensive Decommissioning International LLC, owned 40 per cent by SNC-Lavalin and Holtec International, will start work to decommission the Indian Point site in Buchanan, N.Y., after it has been shut down, defuelled and sold in the third quarter of 2021.

Entergy Corp. has agreed to sell the subsidiaries that own the three Indian Point units to a Holtec International subsidiary, subject to regulatory approvals. Holtec would complete the site's decommissioning decades sooner than if Entergy continued to own the plant.

The CDI joint venture was retained by Holtec last year for the decommissioning and waste management of Entergy's Pilgrim and Palisades nuclear plants.

The new contract adds high margin nuclear work to SNC-Lavalin's existing $1.2-billion backlog of decommission and specialty nuclear engineering work reported at the end of 2018, says Derek Spronck of RBC Capital Markets.

Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets estimates the contracts would add $400 million to $500 million in revenues for SNC over the next eight to 10 years.