Building the Future for Ontario

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Bruce Power have experienced significant progress on the Darlington Refurbishment Project and the Bruce Power Life Extension Program.  The two companies continue to work collaboratively to identify efficiencies, share lessons learned, and ensure that Ontario’s nuclear refurbishment programs remain on time and on budget.

“OPG and Bruce Power have a history of collaboration. It’s great to see our teams finding efficiencies and working together to create the best possible outcomes for our refurbishment projects. Together, we’ll continue to provide the province of Ontario with low-cost, carbon-free and reliable electricity for decades to come,” says Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power, President and Chief Executive Officer.

OPG and Bruce Power continue to work together in various areas, including labour arrangements, common tooling and waste management. With hundreds of local suppliers in the generations of thousands of jobs in the province, the Darlington Refurbishment Project and the Bruce Power Life Extension Program generate billions of dollars in economic and environmental benefits for Ontarians.

“By working together and sharing information, OPG and Bruce Power are improving efficiencies on our respective refurbishment programs and throughout our nuclear station operations,” said Jeff Lyash, OPG President and CEO. “OPG’s refurbishment of Darlington’s Unit 2 reactor is now over 60 per cent complete, and remains on time and on budget while generating thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic benefits for Ontario.”

By 2021, when the project team is half-way through the refurbishment of all four units at Darlington, the provincial demand for skilled workers will be at its peak. Looking ahead, OPG continues the work of rebuilding the reactor and generating another 30 years of safe, clear and reliable energy for Ontarians.

At the same time, Bruce Power is almost 3 years  into its planning phase for the Life Extension Program and has signed several key supplier agreements as it prepares for its first Major Component Replacement (MCR) project, starting in 2020, so like OPG, Bruce Power has vested interest in ensuring the nuclear industry has access to a steady supply of highly qualified workers.

“By forming innovative partnerships with key suppliers, we are creating jobs throughout the province with Made-in-Ontario solutions for the components we will need to successfully complete our Major Component Replacement projects,” said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and CEO. “The program to revitalize our site and extend its horizon to 2064 began on January 1, 2016, and remains on time and on budget and we are investing $4 billion into the province’s economy annually, while creating and sustaining 22,000 jobs directly and indirectly every year.”

At its peak, the Life Extension Program at the Bruce Power site will create an incremental 5,000 direct and indirect jobs annually while also securing the organization’s future. The project will provide billions in annual economic benefits with 90 percent of the expenditure taking place within Ontario.

The continued operation of Pickering during the Darlington Refurbishment and the Bruce Power Life Extension Program will ensure a safe, reliable supply of electricity and will help the province avoid  millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

OPG and Bruce Power have recently released their 2018 collaboration report Powering Ontario Together. The report highlights  initiatives that will drive efficiencies and deliver reliable, low-cost electricity to Ontario’s families and businesses for decades to come.

The 2018 Powering Ontario Together collaboration report can be downloaded  here.