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The deployment of four AP1000 units in Ontario could have an impact of more than CAD28.7 billion (USD21.2 billion) on Canada's GDP during the manufacturing, engineering and construction phase alone, an independent study has found.

Date: Friday, 01 March 2024
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Westinghouse Electric Company, Spanish engineering firm Tecnatom and US consulting and training services provider Accelerant Solutions have agreed to form the Nuclear Excellence Academy (NEXA), a nuclear training programme for utilities in the USA and Canada.

Date: Thursday, 20 April 2023
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The production of cobalt-60 is critical to healthcare and, with demand soaring, the challenge is to expand supply, writes Martin Comben from the International Irradiation Association.

Date: Wednesday, 29 March 2023
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The first commercial contract for a grid-scale small modular reactor (SMR) in North America sees Ontario Power Generation (OPG), GE Hitachi (GEH), SNC-Lavalin and Aecon team up in an innovative integrated project delivery model to develop, engineer and construct a BWRX-300 at OPG's Darlington New Nuclear Project.

Date: Tuesday, 31 January 2023
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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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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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