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Halifax frigates get $15M chilled-water upgrade

Part of the federal Modernization/Frigate Life Extension program.


Part of the $3.1 billion Halifax-class Modernization/Frigate Life Extension project.

BROSSARD, Que. — A $15 million federal contract has been awarded to Bronswerk Marine Inc. for the replacement of the ships’ chilled-water systems as part of the modernization program for 12 Halifax-class frigates.

Chilled-water systems provide the cooling capacity needed to operate systems onboard the frigates.

The contract going to Bronswerk in Brossard, Que., covers the purchase of 50 chilled-water plants and pumps, with four units allocated to each frigate, and one training unit for sailors on each coast.

The units will be delivered between 2014 and 2018, before Canada’s Federal Halocarbon Regulations bring into force a ban in 2020 on R22 coolant, which is used in the existing systems on the Halifax-class fleet. The new chilled-water systems will use a compliant coolant compliant.

The chilled-water system replacement is a sub-project under the $3.1 billion Halifax-class Modernization/Frigate Life Extension project.