February 15, 2018

OTTAWA (February 15, 2018) – The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) congratulates Ontario Power Generation (OPG) on today’s announcement by the Ministry of Energy on the progress of the Darlington refurbishment project. The refurbishment on Unit 2 is now halfway complete and remains on budget and the province has confirmed its support for OPG to move forward with the refurbishment of Unit 3.

“The Darlington refurbishment will ensure that reliable nuclear energy continues to be the backbone of our generation fleet, which is now 96 per cent emission-free. This multi-phase project will continue to boost economic activity across Ontario, create jobs and secure a clean supply of affordable electricity for the future,” according to Glenn Thibeault, Minister of Energy

Low-cost, low-carbon nuclear power meets approximately 60% of the energy needs for Ontarians and is a major contributor to economic growth and job creation in the province. The investment in refurbishment is helping Ontario and Canada meet its climate commitments.

“Investments in refurbishing Ontario’s nuclear fleet provide a strategic advantage for the province. Our nuclear generating stations provide low-cost electricity, paramount to job creation and economic growth, while simultaneously allowing the province to continue to offset harmful greenhouse gas emissions,” said John Barrett, President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association.

Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) reaffirms the government’s commitment to nuclear energy with the refurbishment of 10 of Ontario’s 18 nuclear reactors; ensuring economic stability for future generations. The nuclear industry in Ontario contributes more than $5 billion annually to the national economy and supports 50,000 jobs in the province with refurbishment creating thousands more. The refurbishment project is expected to be completed by 2033.

About the CNA:

Since 1960, the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) has been the national voice of the Canadian nuclear industry. Working alongside our members and all communities of interest, the CNA promotes the industry nationally and internationally, works with governments on policies affecting the sector and works to increase awareness and understanding of the value nuclear technology brings to the environment, economy and the daily life of Canadians.

Our members are actively involved and are leaders in Canada’s production of uranium and nuclear power and are taking leadership roles in the research, design, construction, operation and support to nuclear facilities and technologies.


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