OCI Commends the OPG Darlington Refurbishment Project Team
October 14th 2016, Pickering, Ontario. – The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI) commends Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its supply chain partners for their meticulous planning of the Darlington Refurbishment Project that moves into execution phase at midnight on October 15. OCI was proud to participate in today’s kick-off celebration at the Darlington Energy Complex with Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault and other dignitaries.
“Clean energy from nuclear power will continue to play a major role in Ontario’s future economic and environmental success, thanks in large part to the refurbishment of Darlington and the continued operations of Pickering,” said OPG President and CEO Jeff Lyash. The Darlington station supplies about 20 per cent of Ontario’s electricity at a cost that is lower than other forms of base load generation. Refurbishing the station will ensure this source of clean energy is available for at least another 30 years and will also create significant economic benefits for the province.
Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) continued operation of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station will take the equivalent of two million cars a year off Ontario’s roads by avoiding significant emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), according to an independent report released recently.
“Today marks a major milestone in our Canadian Nuclear Industry as Darlington prepares to refurbish the first unit. The Darlington Refurbishment is a good news story for the Province of Ontario, the environment, the economy and for the many small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) that comprise much of Ontario’s nuclear supply chain” said OCI President and CEO Dr. Ron Oberth. “This multi-year project will create thousands of quality and sustainable jobs over the next 15 years and our companies will work collaboratively with OPG in delivering high quality equipment and services to support the on time and on budget refurbishment of the four Darlington reactors” added Ron. Operating Darlington until 2055 will avoid nearly 300 mega tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and will contribute to the Government’s fight against climate change.
The project will also secure 3400 megawatts of clean, reliable, low cost electricity from the Darlington site over the next 40 years and will ensure that Ontario continues to be one of the lowest GHG emitting electricity jurisdictions in the world.
OCI also appreciates that over 95% of the total project spending will be on Ontario goods and services which provides a welcome boost to Ontario’s manufacturing and service sectors.
The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI) is an association of more than 210 suppliers to the nuclear industry. OCI companies employ more than 12,000 nuclear specialists who design reactors, manufacture major equipment and components, and provide engineering services and support to CANDU nuclear power plants in Canada as well as to CANDU and Light Water Reactor (LWR) plants in offshore markets.
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