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Refurb of Darlington 2 reactor now complete

Refurb of Darlington 2 reactor now complete

TORONTO — Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has announced that refurbishment work on the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station’s Unit 2 reactor has been completed.

The unit will now begin the restart process before being connected back to the electricity grid, subject to regulatory approvals from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and OPG’s ability to do so safely given the current COVID-19 crisis, stated a March 26 release.

The project will extend the life of the station 30 years.

OPG also announced that as a result of a reevaluation of resources due to the COVID-19 crisis, it will continue operating the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station’s Unit 3 reactor, temporarily delaying the planned start of its refurbishment, which was scheduled to begin in May.

In the coming weeks, the Darlington Unit 3 project team will determine the best time to restart the project, ensuring necessary resources and materials are available.

“On behalf of all OPG employees, project partners and vendors, I want to thank our refurbishment team on completing the final steps of construction on Unit 2 under unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances,” said Ken Hartwick, OPG’s president and CEO, in the release.

OPG supplies almost half of the world’s Cobalt-60, used to irradiate and sterilize about 40 per cent of the world’s single-use medical devices such as syringes, gloves, implants and surgical instruments.

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