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GE Hitachi to provide technology for project The first unit could be ready for operation at Darlington in 2028. Courtesy GEH/OPG. Canadian utility Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has submitted a construction licence application to the national nuclear regulator which could pave the way to the deployment of a small modular reactor (SMR) at the site of the Darlington nuclear power station.

OPG said in a statement the application consists of several packages which will be consecutively provided to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) over the next six months.

The company said the application has been jointly prepared in partnership with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH), which has proposed its BWRX-300 SMR for deployment at Darlington.

Date: Thursday, 03 November 2022
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Investment is Canada Infrastructure Bank’s largest in clean power The Darlington BWRX-300 SMR will be one of the first developed. Courtesy GEH. The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) has finalised an agreement with nuclear utility Ontario Power Generation (OPG) that includes CAD970m ($714m, €713m) towards Canada’s first small modular reactor (SMR).

The CIB, a federal organisation that finances revenue-generating infrastructure projects, said the investment was its largest in clean power to date.

The CIB’s investment will finance Phase 1 work at OPG’s SMR project, which is to be built next to the company’s existing Darlington nuclear power station in Clarington, Ontario.

In 2021 OPG chose GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s BWRX-300 SMR for the project and aims to complete the first commercial, grid-scale unit as soon as 2028.

Date: Thursday, 27 October 2022
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The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) has announced a commitment of CAD970 million (USD713 million) towards Ontario Power Generation (OPG's) Darlington New Nuclear Project, in the bank's largest investment in clean power to date.

Date: Wednesday, 26 October 2022
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The Czech Republic’s ČEZ and Canada’s Ontario Power Generation (OPG) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on "deployment of nuclear technology including small modular reactors (SMRs) to safely produce clean, reliable electricity in their jurisdictions".

Date: Thursday, 13 October 2022
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Companies also planning to work together on reactor innovation Courtesy Wikimedia Commons. Microsoft has signed a deal with Canada-based utility Ontario Power Generation (OPG) which will allow the US computer technology giant to secure clean energy from renewable and nuclear sources.

Microsoft will procure clean energy credits (CECs) from OPG’s nuclear and hydro assets in Ontario on an hourly basis.

The Canadian company owns and operates two nuclear stations with four Candu units at the Darlington site, and six Candu units at the Pickering site.

Microsoft said the CECs will be procured on an hourly basis to match the company’s hourly usage.

The company did not disclose the value of the deal.

Date: Friday, 07 October 2022
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Further extensions of 30 years a possibility, say authorities Ontario’s energy Todd Smith meets workers at the Darington nuclear power station after the provincial government backed plans for a lifetime extension. Courtesy OPG/Todd Smith. The Ontario government has announced its support for Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) continued operation of the Pickering nuclear power station for an additional year to 2026 – with the possibility of additional extensions of 30 years.

The province’s energy ministry said the plan to operate for a further year would cut carbon emissions by 2.1 megatonnes, or roughly 20% of the electricity sector's projected emissions. It would increase North America's supply of Cobalt-60, which Pickering has been supplying since 1971 and which has medical uses such as in cancer treatments, by 10%-20%.

At the Ontario government’s request, OPG reviewed its operational plans and concluded that the facility could continue to safely generate electricity, a statement said.

Under OPG’s new plan, electricity generation at Pickering would end in 2026 instead of 2025. Units 1 and 4 would operate as originally planned until 2024 and Units 5 to 8 would operate until September 2026 as major refurbishment of nuclear units at OPG’s Bruce and Darlington nuclear stations progresses. Units 2 and 3 are already shut down.

Date: Tuesday, 04 October 2022
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The Government of Ontario has announced its support for the continued operation of Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Pickering plant beyond its previously planned closure date. It has also told the company to reassess the feasibility of refurbishing four of the site's six units, which could enable them to operate for a further 30 years.

Date: Saturday, 01 October 2022
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Ontario faces an electricity supply shortage and reliability risks in the next four to eight years and will not meet net-zero objectives without building new low-emission, nuclear generation starting as soon as possible, according to a report released yesterday by the Power Workers' Union (PWU). The capacity needed to fill the expected supply gap will be equivalent to doubling the province's planned nuclear fleet in eight years.

Date: Saturday, 21 August 2021
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The Darlington nucler station in Ontario, Canada. Photo courtesy OPG. Ontario Power Generation has completed reconstruction work on the Darlington-2 nuclear power plant and the process to restart the unit can now begin, Ontario Power Generation said.

The restart process and reconnection to the grid are subject to regulatory approvals from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and “OPG’s ability to do so safely given the current Covid-19 crisis,” a statement said.

The company said it will delay the planned start of the refurbishment of Darlington-3, scheduled to begin in May, as part of its measures to ensure stable electricity supplies during the pandemic.

“In the coming weeks, the Darlington-3 project team will determine the best time to restart the project, ensuring the required critical resources and materials are available,” the statement said.

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
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The Darlington nuclear power station in Canada. The Darlington-2 nuclear power plant refurbishment project remains on budget with 95% of the work complete, and on track to meet the revised schedule, Ontario Power Generation said.

OPG said the reactor has been rebuilt and the containment restored, and the project team is reconnecting the unit to the plant and returning it to service.

In October 2019 OPG said Unit 2 would return to service by June 2020 rather than February 2020. The delay was a result of delays related to fabrication and installation of feeder tube components.

Darlington-2 is the first of the Darlington station’s four Candu units to undergo refurbishment in a project that will enable the station to continue operations until 2055. All four units are to be refurbished in a phased CAD 12.8bn ($8.9bn, €8bn) project which is scheduled for completion by 2026.

Date: Wednesday, 18 March 2020
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