Dual nuclear power strategy for Darlington, Pickering B announced by Ontario Power Generation

18 February 2010 - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) announced a two-part investment strategy for its nuclear generating stations in Durham Region.

First, OPG will proceed with a detailed planning phase for the mid-life refurbishment of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station east of Toronto, with construction expected to start in about 2016. The business decision to move forward with an investment in Darlington comes after very positive outcomes of initial studies on the plant’s condition and continued strong operating performance. The next phase of the process will include an Environmental Assessment, an Integrated Safety Review and an Integrated Improvement Plan that will define the scope, cost and schedule of the refurbishment project.

OPG will also invest $300 million to keep its Pickering B station running for approximately 10 years. Following this, OPG will begin the longer term decommissioning process as refurbishment for Pickering B station will not be pursued. The first step in this process is to layup the reactors and place them into safe storage. Pickering staff will have future opportunities placing the Pickering units in a safe storage state, at the Darlington refurbishment and operations, or at the potential new build at Darlington.

Extensive safety, environmental and equipment reliability studies conducted at the station concluded the Pickering plant can continue to operate until 2020. OPG has indicated to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission that later this year it will file a Continued Operation Plan that takes Pickering B to its end of life.

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