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Canadian company manufactures first-of-its-kind valves for the Darlington Refurb

Lakeside Process Controls, a successful innovative solutions provider to the nuclear industry for more than 50 years, is helping the Darlington Refurbishment improve efficiencies with leading-edge control valve technology.

“The liquid valve relief project was a first of its kind for Darlington,” said Michele Cheng-Newson, Leader, Nuclear Industry at Lakeside Process Controls.

Lakeside Process Controls is manufacturing leading-edge control valve technology for the Darlington Refurbishment project.
Lakeside Process Controls is manufacturing leading-edge control valve technology for the Darlington Refurbishment project.

Control valves are used to regulate conditions, such as flow, pressure, temperature, and liquid level by fully or partially opening or closing in response to signals received from controllers. Lakeside worked with the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, the National Board regulatory agency and two manufacturers to meet OPG’s stringent specifications.

Between 80 and 90 per cent of the control valves Lakeside supplies to the nuclear industry are made locally by Emerson Automation Solutions in Hamilton. The economic impact of working on the refurbishment has been significant for the company, said Cheng-Newson.

“In nearly 15 years, the company has more than doubled its size,” she said. “Our nuclear business greatly supported our ability to move into larger facilities, such as Emerson Automation Solutions’ control valve manufacturing plant in Hamilton in 2012 and Lakeside’s new office in Mississauga in 2014.”

An employee-owned Canadian company and part of the Emerson Impact Partner Network, Lakeside provides innovative automation solutions to companies across Ontario, with 40 to 50 per cent of their work focusing on Energy, primarily for nuclear and gas utilities. Their customer-centric approach recently earned them recognition by the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) for being one of Canada’s Most Admired Workplace Cultures in 2018.

“Lakeside Process Controls sets a wonderful example of an innovative company that has flourished here in Ontario by attracting top talent that supports the high performance of Ontario’s nuclear fleet,” said Ron Oberth, President and CEO of OCNI.

With on-going support for the Darlington Refurbishment, Cheng-Newson sees Lakeside’s established relationship with OPG as integral to the organization’s success.

“Lakeside-Emerson were involved in the building of Darlington,” said Cheng-Newson. “We have a long legacy to uphold. We hope to continue working with OPG through this Refurbishment and for decades to come.”