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The first of 6,240 fuel bundles have been loaded into unit 2 at Ontario Power Generation's (OPG’s) Darlington NPP, the company said on 12 November. Darlington 2 is the first of the site's four Candu reactors to undergo refurbishment as part of a CAD12.8 billion ($9 billion) project scheduled for completion in 2026. OPG reported net income attributable to the shareholder of $319 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared with $279 million for the same quarter of 2018. Ken Hartwick, OPG President and CEO said: "Our strong financial results for the quarter once again demonstrate the high quality performance across our fleet. Within our nuclear fleet, we have seen unprecedented levels of uninterrupted generation, continuing to provide the people of Ontario with clean, reliable energy every day."

Date: Friday, 15 November 2019
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Fuel loading has begun at Darlington 2, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has announced. The refurbishment of Darlington 3 is now expected to start in the second quarter of 2020 as the company applies lessons learned during the refurbishment of unit 2.

Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019
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The final stages of construction work on Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington-2 refurbishment project, involving the installation of lower feeders, are well under way, although the plant will now return to service by June 2020 rather than February 2020 as previously anticipated.

OPG said the potential four-month delay to the return to service of Unit 2 is a result of delays related to fabrication and installation of feeder tube components. The fabrication delays resulted in upper, middle and lower feeders being installed at the same time, creating logistical and physical challenges with overlapping work.

The impact of the Unit 2 fabrication delays has been fully resolved and will not affect future units, OPG said.

“The refurbishment of Unit 2 remains on budget and the overall budget and schedule for the 10-year refurbishment project also remains on track,” it said.

Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019
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The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on 8 August announced that it was renewing the operating licence for the six-unit Ontario Power Generation's (OPG’s) Pickering NPP for 10 years from 1 September 2018 until 31 August  2028. The plant is scheduled to operate until the end of 2024. OPG applied for the renewed licence in August 2017 after the Ontario government in January 2016 approved of the plant's continued operation to 2024 to ensure a reliable source of low-carbon electricity while major refurbishment work is under way at the Darlington NPP.

Date: Monday, 13 August 2018
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Canada’s Bruce Power has awarded a CAD60m ($46m) contract for specialised tools to Ontario-based ATS Automation Tooling Sytems.

Date: Tuesday, 10 July 2018
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15 Jun (NucNet): Canada’s Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has begun reassembling the 878-MW Darlington-2 nuclear power unit as part of refurbishment works which started in 2016.

Date: Friday, 15 June 2018
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BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada has been awarded a five-year CAD168m $130m) contract extension by Ontario Power Generation to assemble fuel bundles at its Peterborough plant.

Date: Monday, 19 March 2018
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A new report by Ontario's Financial Accountability Office (FAO) has confirmed the province's plan to refurbish ten nuclear reactors at Bruce and Darlington, and extend the life of six reactors at Pickering will provide the a long-term supply of relatively low-cost, low emissions electricity over the period to 2064.

Date: Wednesday, 22 November 2017
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The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on 30 May announced its decision to renew Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) waste facility operating licence for the Western Waste Management Facility (WWMF), located in the Municipality of Kincardine, Ontario. The licence will be valid from 1 June 2017 until 31 May 2027. OPG is planning the construction of some new waste management facilities at the site. CNSC authorised the proposed construction provided that OPG submits an environmental management plan, construction verification plan and the project design requirements.

Date: Thursday, 01 June 2017
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Canada's Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has approved plans for a $12.8bn refurbishment of four reactors at its Darlington NPP, east of Toronto.

Date: Tuesday, 12 January 2016
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