The Darlington Energy Complex moved from concept to reality on July 6th as representatives from Ontario Power Generation (OPG), joined by business, community and political leaders from across Durham Region, officially broke ground at the site of the future Darlington Engery Complex, which is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2013. Pictured here (left to right) are: Paul Cocker, President and CEO, McKay-Cocker Construction Ltd. ; Roger Anderson, Regional Chair, Region of Durham; Albert Sweetnam, Executive Vice President Nuclear Projects, OPG; Mayor Adrian Foster, Municipality of Clarington; and Dietmar Reiner, Senior Vice President Nuclear Refurbishment, OPG.
“The Darlington Energy Complex will be instrumental in helping us succeed with the refurbishment of Darlington’s four reactors,” said Albert Sweetnam, OPG’s Executive Vice President of Nuclear Projects. “The investment we are making to refurbish this plant will bring safe and reliable base load electricity generation for an additional 30 years, until approximately 2055. This is a good thing for Durham Region and the province,” he added.
The Darlington Energy Complex will include a full-scale mock-up of a Darlington reactor, which will allow staff working on the Darlington Refurbishment project to be trained prior to performing the intricate work inside the station. The 250,000 square-foot multi-purpose building will also house a public information centre, security processing centre, a training centre and a tooling and testing facility.
“This is a concrete expression of the support and need for nuclear power in Ontario, which provides carbon free electricity to power our homes and businesses,” said Mayor Adrian Foster of the Municipality of Clarington. “This building will ensure the workers on the Darlington refurbishment project are well trained and the results will be what we’ve come to expect as routine from the plant – dependable work from people who have earned our trust.”
The facility is located in the Clarington Energy Park, just west of the Darlington Nuclear station. The new building is scheduled to be completed summer 2013. For more information, contact: OPG Media Relations, 1-877-592-4008 or follow us on Twitter: @mediaopg