Black and McDonald sets new community roots for the Darlington Refurbishment project
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Black and McDonald Nuclear doesn’t just have its headquarters based in Clarington near the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, it’s also deeply involved in the local community.
While the company has long acted as a vendor to Darlington Nuclear, the contractor took up residence in Clarington only about a year ago, just before the Darlington Refurbishment project officially kicked off.
But the company's impact in the area is already being felt through its environmental and community initiatives. An active member of the Clarington Board of Trade, Black and McDonald completes annual shoreline clean-ups, assists a number of local charities and sponsors area teams.
“We are fully engaged in the community,” said Jim Whyte, Black and McDonald Operations Manager.
Making the move from Pickering to the company’s new location, a stone’s throw from the Darlington Energy Complex, made a lot of sense, said Whyte.
“Between the refurbishment and other project work, about 80 per cent of what we do in nuclear is at Darlington,” he said.
The current office facility houses between 50 and 60 employees, with many more Black and McDonald staff working directly on site at nuclear facilities, including about 450 at Darlington and 100 at Pickering Nuclear Generating Station.
Despite only recently having set up shop here, Whyte says the division may soon need additional space for more employees.
“It’s not a terrible problem to have,” he said.
In terms of the refurbishment project, Black and McDonald is engaged in the inspection, overhaul, maintenance and, where necessary, replacement of about 1,200 Darlington valves.
The company is also working on heat exchangers and a piping modification related to refurbishment. This will be built at Black and McDonald’s Scarborough fabrication facility for just-in-time delivery to Darlington.
In addition, the company is engaged in OPG nuclear outage work on a regular basis.
Black and McDonald's contribution to the Darlington Refurbishment mega-project was recently recognized at an event held by the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries.