BOWMANVILLE, ONT. — Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Bruce Power have issued a report outlining how they are collaborating on their respective refurbishment and Major Component Replacement (MCR) projects.
The two nuclear power generators, with nuclear assets that provide 60 per cent of Ontario’s electricity, released the 2022 Nuclear Collaboration Report recently. The report outlines how the two companies are working together by sharing lessons, resources, tooling and equipment.
The report also lays out how the co-operation has reduced costs, limited execution risks and ensured the projects are completed safely, with quality, on time and on budget, said the partners.
The Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment Project and the Bruce Power MCR Project are multi-year, multi-phase projects.
Refurbishment of Darlington Nuclear Generating Station’s four units began in October 2016. Now past the mid-way point, the project continues on plan, said the generator, with Unit 2 complete, Unit 3 slated to return to service post-refurbishment in Q3 2023 and Unit 1 currently in the rebuilding phase.
Refurbishment of Unit 4, the final unit, will commence when Unit 3 is back online. OPG and its project partners expect to complete the work as scheduled in 2026.
Bruce Power’s Unit 6 MCR project reached a milestone over the past two months. The construction phase of Unit 6 was completed early in May and fuel was loaded into the refurbished reactor core, as return-to-service activities continue, with the unit on track to resume production later this year. The Unit 3 MCR project began in March.
“As we look toward a clean energy future, Bruce Power and OPG understand the importance of nuclear in meeting the ambitious goals of our province to provide a stable, reliable source of carbon-free energy,” said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s president and CEO, in a statement. “Our collaborative efforts will ensure we continue to supply Ontario schools, businesses and hospitals with the clean energy they need.”