Ontario has awarded a contract worth more than $600 million to SNC-Lavalin Nuclear Inc. and Aecon Construction Group Inc. to refurbish its Darlington nuclear station.
Ontario Power Generation said the contract involves drafting plans and replacing major components of the four reactors at the station in Clarington, Ont.
The project will involve the removal and replacement of hundreds of tubes and feeder pipes for each of the reactors.
OPG said it’s the first of several contracts for the refurbishment of the facility, which they say powers one out of every five homes in the province.
The station’s refurbishment also involves replacing reactor components and maintaining station systems that have reached the end of their planned lifespan.
The province is planning to build two new nuclear reactors at Darlington, but has not yet awarded a contract for the multibillion-dollar project.