Laker Energy Products Ltd. Expands for OPG’s Darlington Refurbishment Project
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
September 6, 2017 Oakville, Ontario – The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) is proud to congratulate Laker Energy Products for the commencement of shipment of production end fittings and liners for Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington Unit 2 Refurbishment Project.
As a result of the planned work to support Darlington Refurbishment, Laker purchased and moved to its current manufacturing plant in Oakville in 2015. The Oakville facility, at 66,000 square feet, allowed Laker to triple its machining capacity. When that facility opened two years ago, Laker had approximately 40 employees and anticipated doubling that number. Now, staffing sits at about 90 people, and is expected to increase to over 100 in coming months.
Laker is one of more than 60 Ontario-based companies engaged in the refurbishment of Darlington Nuclear, Canada’s largest clean energy project, with more than 96 per cent of the project spending will flow to Ontario companies.
Over 45 companies in the Oakville and Mississauga region support the nuclear energy sector and directly employ over 2,100 staff.
“Laker Energy Products is a leading example of the many nuclear equipment designers and manufacturers in Ontario. They’re part of a vibrant nuclear supply chain of companies that create highly skilled jobs supporting Ontario’s nuclear fleet and compete in the worldwide nuclear market.”
- Dr. Ron Oberth, OCNI President and CEO.
“Laker is proud to be a key supplier of fuel channel and feeder components to the Darlington Unit 2 Refurbishment project. Having received commitments for the subsequent three units at Darlington, approximately 90 jobs in this plant are secure for the next four years and considerably beyond that as the refurbishment work at Bruce Power gets underway.”
- Chris Hughes, Laker Energy Products President and CEO
“I am proud to have a company in my riding that creates skilled and long-term jobs while supporting the safe, reliable, and cost-effective operation of Ontario’s nuclear fleet that powers over 60 percent of Ontario homes, businesses, and hospitals and has helped Ontario have one of the lowest GHG emission electrical grids in North America.”
- Hon Kevin Daniel Flynn, MPP (Oakville)
"Refurbishing Darlington Nuclear is Canada's largest clean energy project. It's an investment in clean air, lower energy prices and it creates thousands of high skilled jobs that will drive Ontario's economy. The Darlington Refurbishment project is boosting Ontario's Gross Domestic Product by $15 billion and is having significant impacts on the local economies across the province including Oakville. Ontario Power Generation and our suppliers and partners are working as one team to deliver the project safely, on time and on budget."
- Perrik Le Dreff, Deputy Project Director Retube and Feeder Replacement Project, Ontario Power Generation
“We value the prominent role Laker Energy Products has taken on as an integral supplier to the RFR project with critical components delivered to the high standards necessary to ensure success for the refurbishment.”
- Preston Swafford, Chief Nuclear Officer and Executive Vice-President, Nuclear, for SNC-Lavalin.
“Laker Energy Products is a reliable and important supplier in Ontario and we are pleased with their exceptional work in support of delivering Canada’s largest clean energy project,”
- John M. Beck, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aecon Group Inc.
Laker Energy Products Ltd. is a leading material organization supplying nuclear grade pipe, tubing, fittings, fasteners and other pressure retaining components to the CANDU® nuclear power industry. As customer demand for new, reliable sources for reactor components grew, our company evolved into a fully integrated, high-precision machining, assembly and testing facility. Domestically and internationally, we deliver the precision and performance demanded by our customers in the nuclear and energy industries.
Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) is an association of more than 200 Canadian suppliers to the nuclear industry that employ more than 12,000 highly skilled and specialized engineers, technologists, and trades people. OCNI companies 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.
For Further Information Contact:
Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries: Marina Oeyangen, Director of Operations, (905) 839-0073
Laker Energy: Chris Hughes, (905) 332-3231, Chris.Hughes@lakerenergy.com