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OPG awards Darlington Refurbishment turbine contract to Alstom


April 4, 2013
By Anthony Capkun

April 3, 2013 – Moving ever-forward with the refurbishment of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has awarded an equipment supply and technical services contract to Alstom Power & Transport Canada Inc. to refurbish the four turbine generator sets at Darlington Nuclear.

Valued at about $350 million, the contract is one of several that will be awarded for the refurbishment of the station.

“This is an important part of our refurbishment project,” said OPG’s Dietmar Reiner, senior vice-president, nuclear refurbishment. “We conducted thorough reviews of the major turbine and generator components, and determined that they are in good shape, with no life-limiting issues. However, other factors that might affect their life need to be addressed through refurbishment. The work and upgrades associated with this contract will allow the equipment to run for another 30 years.”

OPG says it also recently contracted with Burns & McDonnell – Canada of Calgary to provide independent oversight of the refurbishment project. “An independent, external oversight organization will ensure the nuclear refurbishment project, including our contract partners, are accountable for our commitments,” said Wayne Robbins, OPG’s chief nuclear officer.