[ RadSafe ] addendum to Sandy Perle's posting
Michael LaFontaine, P.Phys.
LCS at golden.net
Tue Jul 8 19:37:15 CDT 2008
Darlington to get two new nuclear reactors
Posted: June 16, 2008, 10:39 AM by Rob Roberts
By Becky Rynor, Canwest News Service
Two new nuclear reactors will be built at the site of the Darlington
A power station near Toronto, Ontario Energy Minister Gerry Phillips
"The decision to go with Darlington was made after a review of all
the relevant issues," said Alan Findlay, a spokesman for the
province's Ministry of Energy. Findlay said the decision to build the
reactors came down to a choice between Darlington, 75 kilometres east
of Toronto, and the Bruce nuclear plant in Tiverton, 223 kilometres
northwest of Toronto. With the new plants going to Darlington, the
Bruce facility will continue to provide approximately 6,300 megawatts
of electricity, either through a refurbishing and upgrade of the
Bruce B plant or by putting in new units at what would be called
Bruce C, Findlay added.
"Maintaining and renewing Ontario's nuclear energy fleet is an
important part of the Ontario government's climate change plan and
its 20-year plan to bring clean, affordable and reliable electricity
to Ontarians," the minister said in an news release.
The notion of a nuclear reactor as a green energy source has caused
deep divisions among activists. Several prominent environmentalists,
including Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore, are vocal proponents.
Others dismiss nuclear's environmental benefits as propaganda put
forward by the industry.
"You'd have to have a pretty high price on carbon for that benefit to
start to show because of the large upfront costs involved in building
a new nuclear plant," said Shawn-Patrick Stensil, a Greenpeace
campaigner. Monday's announcement outlines the latest steps in the
process to select and build a two-unit nuclear power plant and
maintain Ontario's nuclear generation capacity at 14,000 megawatts.
In the same announcement, AREVA NP, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited,
and Westinghouse Electric Company were also identified as the three
organizations invited to bid on the nuclear power plant construction
project. Their bids will be evaluated on the basis of three key
considerations: lifetime cost of the power; ability to meet Ontario's
timetable to bring the new power supply online in 2018, and the level
of investment they will bring to Ontario.
The successful vendor will be chosen by the end of this year.
Construction of the new plant is expected to create about 3,500
direct construction and engineering jobs between 2012 and 2018. The
new plant will be operated by Ontario Power Generation.
The province of Ontario, Canada currently has 20 nuclear power
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