Canada’s largest clean energy project is now underway
Following years of detailed planning, OPG has started work to refurbish the four reactors at its world-leading Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. Darlington station has been producing about 20 per cent of the province’s electricity since the early 1990s. After decades of reliable power generation, this clean-power source is receiving a mid-life refurbishment that will benefit Ontarians for another 30 years.
The continued operation of Darlington station until 2055 will take the equivalent of two million cars off Ontario’s roads per year by avoiding significant emissions of greenhouse gases, according to an independent report prepared by Intrinsik Environmental Sciences. The study compares the environmental impact of running Darlington Nuclear 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.