Ontario readies for first new nuclear build in nearly three decades. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) struck a deal with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy to deploy a small modular reactor (SMR) at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station in Durham Region.
Site preparation, including installation of the necessary construction services, will begin in the spring of 2022, pending appropriate approvals. The Darlington reactor will be Canada’s first commercial, grid-scale SMR and could be completed as early as 2028.
According to a 2020 study from the Conference Board of Canada, a single SMR would result in 700 jobs during project development, 1.600 jobs during manufacturing and construction, 200 jobs during operations, and 160 jobs during decommissioning.