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Mock Up and Training

Mock Up and Training

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A worker in protective grear performs specialized testing on a nuclear reactor mock up.

An Innovative Approach

Replacing the fuel channels and feeder pipes inside each of Darlington’s four reactors is a critical part of the refurbishment project. To accomplish this work properly and effectively, highly trained workers will use uniquely designed and carefully calibrated tools. Much of this work will be performed in tight spaces and under challenging conditions. Using remote-controlled and highly precise tools will ensure the workers are safe and the work is accurate.

The Training Facility

OPG constructed a world-class training facility featuring a full-scale reactor mock-up, warehouse space for equipment, and training classrooms, inside the Darlington Energy Complex, located in Clarington, Ontario. The training facility:

  • Allows staff to practise their refurbishment work tasks, to perfect their techniques and perform full “dress rehearsals” using real tools and wearing full protective equipment long before they begin actual work inside the station; and 
  • Ensures all workers are thoroughly trained and tested in a safe, realistic and controlled environment with all the obstacles, constraints and potential challenges they may face in the station.

The Mock-up

The training facility offers multiple mock-up models including a replica of a Darlington reactor vault. It houses a full-scale, reconfigurable replica reactor suitable for tool performance testing and integration, as well as training purposes.

Thirteen other mock-ups provide challenging and varied training experiences.

The Tooling

Tooling is the design and construction of unique machinery and tools. The refurbishment requires specially designed tools for component removal and installations, and inspections and repairs. Work tasks will be practised to determine the correct timing and precise sequence needed for each activity. This helps establish the critical path for the project, reduce uncertainty and increase worker safety.

High-quality training with the right tools in the right environment will help maximize efficiency and minimize costs. This type of up-front investment is key to OPG’s project management approach.