The major work in this segment involves removing reactor components, including pressure tubes, calandria tubes and end fittings. Other work involves electrical maintenance, water system replacement and continued maintenance of up to 1,000 valves.
The site is now busy with more than 3,000 skilled engineers, trades people and service professionals all working to advance the project.
By the end of this segment, 90 per cent of the entire project’s bulk work is expected to be done, setting the stage for Unit 2’s return-to-service.
Producing about 20 per cent of the province’s electricity, Darlington Nuclear is one of the best performing and safest nuclear generating stations in the world. Ninety-six per cent of all money spent on refurbishing the power plant is going right back to Ontario-based manufacturers, contractors and other skilled workers, giving the province’s economy a major boost.
More than 2,100 people took the opportunity to visit the world’s first-ever nuclear reactor mock-up during the Darlington Refurbishment Open House held on Nov. 18.
Attendees got to visit the world-class training facility and take a virtual reality tour of a nuclear building airlock. Guided bus tours of the station were also available.