Canada’s largest clean energy project is now underway
In October 2016, OPG started work on the first of four reactors at its world-leading Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. The Darlington power plant has been producing about 20 per cent of the province’s electricity since the early 1990s. After decades of reliable power generation, this clean energy source is receiving a mid-life refurbishment that will benefit Ontarians for another 30 years.
What’s the impact of refurbishing Darlington Nuclear?
It’s 14,000 jobs each year for companies across Ontario.
It’s power that’s over 99 per cent free of smog and carbon emissions.
It's helping OPG provide low-cost energy.
It’s 30 more years of clean, reliable power.
That’s the message of our new public awareness campaign about the benefits of refurbishing Darlington Nuclear. The integrated campaign centres on the visual of the calandria – the core of the CANDU nuclear reactor and a focus of the refurbishment. By taking people inside the Darlington Refurbishment, we hope to demystify the inner workings of nuclear power. The story unfolds using of thousands of lights against the backdrop of the life-sized calandria mock-up used for training at the Darlington Energy Complex.
Independent Reports on the Economic and Environmental Benefits
The continued operation of the Darlington power plant until 2055 will take the equivalent of two million cars off Ontario’s roads per year by avoiding significant greenhouse gas emissions, according to independent report prepared by Intrinsik Environmental Sciences. The study compares the environmental impact of running the power plant to 2055 against other energy supply options, such as natural gas fired generation.
In addition to playing a significant role in Ontario’s clean energy equation, Darlington Refurbishment will have a significant long-term financial impact. According to an independent report by the Conference Board of Canada, the project and subsequent 30 years of station operation will generate a total of $89.9 billion in economic benefits for Ontario, including the preservation of approximately 3,000 jobs and an expected boost to personal income by an average of $1.6 billion per year.
Darlington Refurbishment is scheduled for completion by 2026.