OCNI Commends OPG on Second Darlington Unit Refurbishment Approval

February 16, 2018, Pickering, Ontario. – The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) commends Ontario Power Generation (OPG) upon receiving approval from the Government of Ontario to proceed with refurbishment of a second Darlington Unit. The approval is a result of the excellent schedule and cost performance achieved by OPG and its supply chain partners on the Darlington Unit 2 Refurbishment Project.

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. 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.

“Yesterday marked another major milestone in our Canadian Nuclear Industry as Darlington prepares to refurbish a second unit. The Darlington Refurbishment Project 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 OCNI President and CEO Dr. Ron Oberth. “This multi-year project will create thousands of quality and sustainable over the next 15 years as OCNI member companies deliver high quality equipment and services to support the on time and on budget refurbishment of the Darlington reactors”.  

"The Ontario government's approval to enter the next phase of refurbishment of Darlington is great news for the environment, for Ontario ratepayers and large industrial power users, and for the many small and medium-size enterprises that make up much of Ontario's nuclear supply chain. This multi-year project will create hundreds of quality and sustainable jobs in private sector SME's located in communities across Ontario - from Pembroke to Peterborough to Coburg and on to Oakville, Cambridge and Niagara” added Oberth. “We are pleased that OPG has committed to spend over 95 per cent of the reactor life extension investments with Ontario suppliers,”.

The project will secure 3400 megawatts of clean, reliable, low cost electricity from the Darlington site over the next 30 years and will ensure that Ontario continues to be one of the lowest GHG emitting electricity jurisdictions in the world.

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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:                                                                                   

Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries:  Ron Oberth,

President and CEO, (905) 839 -0073 or (647) 407-6081, ron.oberth@ocni.ca  

 

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