Ontario Power Generation (OPG) announced resumption of planning activities for future nuclear power generation at its Darlington site, to host a Small Modular Reactor (SMR).
"OPG is paving the way on the development and deployment of the next generation of nuclear power in Canada," said Ken Hartwick, OPG President and CEO. "A new SMR development on this site as early as 2028 would benefit all Ontarians while further cementing Durham Region and Ontario as the clean energy capital of the world."
"Our government is proud to support OPG's efforts to develop cutting-edge SMR technology right here in Durham at the Darlington Nuclear Station by the end of this decade," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines; Minister of Indigenous Affairs. "Ontario and our provincial partners in Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Alberta are leading the charge on SMR deployment in Canada and showcasing our nuclear expertise and made-in-Ontario technology to the world."
A study undertaken by the Conference Board of Canada shows strong economic benefit to Ontario from construction and 60 years of operation of a single unit in the province. According to the report, direct, indirect and spin-off related employment would result in an annual average of approximately: 700 jobs during project development; 1,600 jobs during manufacturing and construction; 200 jobs during operations; and 160 jobs during decommissioning. It would have a positive impact on direct, indirect and induced Gross Domestic Product of more than $2.5 billion and result in an increase of provincial revenues of more than $870 million.
OPG owns Canada's largest fleet of nuclear reactors including the existing Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, one of the world's top performing nuclear plants. Darlington is the only site in Canada currently licensed for new nuclear. In 2012, following the acceptance of a thorough environmental assessment which included extensive public involvement, OPG was granted a licence from the CNSC to allow site preparation activities to support future nuclear generation. OPG has applied to the Commission to renew the licence, which would be one step in a series of licences and regulatory approvals required prior to the construction and operation of a new reactor.
SOURCE: Ontario Power Generation Inc.