Laveer Engineering Expands to support OPG’s Darlington Refurbishment Project

February 9, 2018, Burlington, Ontario – The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) is proud to congratulate Laveer Engineering for its role in Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington Refurbishment project

Founded in 2013 as a one-person operation, Laveer Engineering supports Ontario’s nuclear industry by helping OPG with maintenance work at its nuclear stations.  Laveer has since expanded to a staff of 10 and is now providing design input and support for specialized tools in use at OPG’s Darlington Refurbishment project.

In partnership with Oakville based Promation Nuclear Ltd., Laveer recently worked on the specialized tooling needed to carefully retrieve annulus spacers (or garter springs) that played a critical role in maintaining a gap between the pressure tube and calandria tube inside a unit’s fuel channel, preventing contact between the two components. By using the tool developed by Laveer and Promation, the OPG Darlington Refurbishment team safely removed 24 spacers from six fuel channels inside Darlington’s Unit 2 reactor, ahead of schedule.

The refurbishment of OPG’s Darlington Nuclear Generating Station is Canada’s largest clean energy project and supports 14,000 jobs across Ontario. Over 200 of the project’s suppliers are located in Ontario, including Laveer in Burlington. The 10-year, $12.8 billion refurbishment is progressing on time and on budget and will ensure a safe, clean and reliable energy supply for the next 30 years.


“As a small engineering company, collaborating on big projects such as Darlington refurbishment is a must.  Working with companies such as Promation Nuclear Ltd. allows us to bring our expertise to complement theirs.  A cohesive team, focused on their own area of expertise, allows for nimble and cost-effective execution of a complex project.  Using this approach, we were able to successfully execute the ASRT mark II development in the time available.” Peter Gowthorpe, Director, Laveer Engineering

“Through this project, I’m delighted to have had the privilege to discover a like-minded partner in Laveer Engineering.  Their proven technical depth as well as their nimble, effective style aligns extremely well with our own.  The accomplishment Laveer could realize with Promation, together, is a shining example of true collaboration, levering mutually enhancing competencies to a successful outcome.  The achievements to date in the Darlington RFR campaign—such as this one we’re celebrating today, as well as those to come— are built upon the foundation of hundreds of local Small-Medium Sized Enterprises like ours coming together to bring their best-in-class expertise to satisfy the challenges of the industry.” Darryl Spector, VP and General Manager, Promation Nuclear Ltd.

“I’m excited to see Burlington’s own Laveer continue to grow as they play a valuable role in Ontario’s nuclear supply chain. Investments like this one in Laveer are part of the larger Darlington refurbishment project, which will add $90 billion to Ontario’s GDP over the next generation and up to 14,200 made-in-Ontario jobs every year. This project ensures that generations of Ontarians to come will have clean energy that they can count on, while supporting hundreds of Ontario businesses and keeping good jobs in communities like ours.” Hon. Eleanor McMahon, MPP for Burlington

“I want to congratulate Laveer Engineering on their innovative milestone. It's companies like Laveer who build economic partnerships that bring prosperity to cities like Burlington. I hope to see many more celebratory occasions like this from Laveer in the future." Rick Goldring, Mayor of Burlington  

“Companies like Laveer Engineering here in Burlington demonstrate the strength of Ontario's vertically integrated supply chain of many small and medium sized enterprises that develop and implement innovative technologies that perform key operations at the reactor face as part of the Darlington Refurbishment project.” Ron Oberth, President & CEO, OCNI

“Refurbishing Darlington Nuclear is Canada's largest clean energy project. It is 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 Burlington. Ontario Power Generation and our suppliers and partners are working as one team to deliver the project safely, on time and on budget." Ted Gruetzner, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, Ontario Power Generation

“Laveer provides a terrific example of expert suppliers supporting the Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment Project. Without local expertise, achieving crucial milestones on a project of this magnitude would be impossible.” John M. Beck, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aecon Group Inc., speaking on behalf of the SNC-Lavalin/Aecon Joint Venture (Canatom)

Group photo (from left to right) Darryl Spector, MPP Eleanor McMahon, Ted Gruetzner, Peter Gowthorpe, Mayor Rick Goldring, Ron Oberth) after presentation of ‘OCNI Special Achievement Award’ on February 9th to recognize Laveer’s performance in support of OPG’s Darlington Refurbishment Project

Laveer Engineering Ltd. provides custom equipment solutions to industry. With a focus on welding, machining, and inspection technologies, Laveer delivers unique constraint and harsh environment applications. Laveer is a full-service company supporting your project from technical specification through project execution.

Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) is an association of more than 200 Canadian suppliers to the nuclear industry that employ more than 14,000 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: Marina Oeyangen, Director of Operations, OCNI Tel: (905) 839-0073 or (905) 706-5958,

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