Next Major Phase of Darlington Refurbishment Begins
(6 months ago)
TORONTO: Canada's largest clean energy project remains on time and on budget as the refurbishment of Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Darlington Nuclear Generating Station starts its next major phase - the removal of the reactor components of Unit 2.
The new phase will continue to June 2018, and includes removing vital reactor components from Unit 2, such as end fittings, pressure tubes and calandria tubes. The work on Unit 2 is now 40 per cent complete and up to now has included successfully defueling and separating the unit from the rest of the station, and preparing the reactor for disassembly.
The Darlington Refurbishment project and the subsequent operation of Darlington Nuclear for thirty years will have a positive $90 billion impact on Ontario's economy, and create 14,000 jobs per year to 2055. The Darlington Refurbishment is a made-in-Ontario project, with 96 per cent of the project's budget invested in this province, supporting hundreds of Ontario companies.
Last week, the Financial Accountability Office (FAO) released a report examining the cost and impact of the Darlington Refurbishment. The independent report concluded that, "There are no alternative scenarios that are comparable to refurbished nuclear generation in terms of both cost and emissions."