Darlington Nuclear Generating Station Begins 10 Year Refurbishment

Durham, ON, Canada / channel12

After years of talking about it, the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station is officially beginning its 10 year refurbishment project.  Joe Scarpelli has the details.

This is the state-of-the-art training facility at the Darlington Station.  It’s where they train and prepare for many things such as a complete shutdown.  The first nuclear unit here will be taken offline at 3 Saturday morning as technicians begin upgrading it.

“That’s a key part of our government’s plan to build Ontario up and invest in the modern infrastructure that powers out economy.”

It’s the first of four units to undergo a makeover during the next 10 years.  It will allow for continued operation up to 2055.  Ontario’s Minister of Energy says the end result will be a slight increase in monthly hydro bills.

“By 2026 you’re probably looking at about a dollar per megawatt total increase from 69 to 70 dollars in terms of what we’re going to see.”

OPG President Jeff Lyash says the community is always a priority at OPG.

“Our employees live here in this community.  They own homes, they have children attend schools, they support community activities.  Extending the life of Darlington in my mind to the community is the most important thing as we continue to be productive citizens and supporters of Durham Region and Clarington for another three plus decades.”

The budget for the project is just under 13 billion dollars.

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