CLARINGTON, ONT. – Site preparation work is now in full swing for Canada’s first grid-scale small modular reactor (SMR) at Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Darlington nuclear site.
Premier Doug Ford was on hand to mark the occasion.
In March, Niagara-based E.S. Fox was awarded the contract to deliver early site preparation work, including water supply, electrical power, information technology and road services, paving the way for the SMR to be constructed by 2028. The work, valued at $32 million, will support over 100 new jobs in Durham Region, states a release.
“With global businesses looking to expand in jurisdictions with clean and cost-effective electricity, small modular reactors will help compete for and attract more game-changing investments in Ontario’s economy,” said Ford in a statement.
The new SMR at Darlington will be Ontario’s first nuclear reactor build in a generation. The project will deliver 300 MW of electricity, which is enough to power 300,000 homes, the release adds.
“The Darlington SMR, part of our larger plan to ensure a reliable, affordable and clean electricity system, will ensure that we have the electricity we need to support our success in driving electrification and attracting new jobs to the province including unprecedented investments, from electric vehicles and battery manufacturing to clean steelmaking,” added Minister of Energy Todd Smith.