The $600-million deal is first of several refurbishment contracts
TORONTO: Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Inc has awarded a two-phase contract to plan for and then replace major components of the four reactors at its Darlington, Ontario facility east of Toronto. The contract for more than $600 million to a joint venture of SNC-Lavalin Nuclear Inc and Aecon Construction Group Inc is one of several that will be awarded for the refurbishment of the facility, OPG said. The first phase of the project will involve planning for the removal and replacement of the 480 pressure tubes and calandria tubes, and 960 feeder pipes for each of the station’s four reactors. The second phase involves executing the plan.
“This is a significant step for our refurbishment project,” said Albert Sweetnam, OPG’s executive VP of nuclear projects. “The Darlington nuclear generating station currently powers one out of every five homes in Ontario and is an important part of the energy mix in the province. After refurbishment the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station will continue to provide safe, clean, reliable base load electricity for the next 25 to 30 years.”
This is the first of a number of contracts that will be awarded for the refurbishment which involves the replacement of reactor components and maintenance of station systems that have reached the end of their planned lifespan.