Construction of Unit 2 now complete for OPG’s Darlington Refurbishment Project
The unit will begin the restart process before being connected to the electricity grid
TORONTO — Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has completed construction on Darlington Nuclear Generating Station’s Unit 2 reactor.
The unit will begin the restart process before being connected to the electricity grid, subject to regulatory approvals from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and OPG’s ability to do so safely given the current COVID-19 crisis.
“On behalf of all OPG employees, project partners and vendors, I want to thank our refurbishment team on completing the final steps of construction on Unit 2 under unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances,” said Ken Hartwick, OPG’s president and CEO, in a prepared statement. “The project team continued to work safely and diligently while managing changes required as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
OPG will continue operating the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station’s Unit 3 reactor, temporarily delaying the planned start of its refurbishment, which was scheduled to begin in May 2020.
In the coming weeks, OPG says the Darlington Unit 3 project team will determine the best time to restart the project. Initiatives such as the completion of Darlington’s Unit 2 refurbishment will continue as planned according to the company.