Durham MP O’Toole Hosts Nuclear Caucus Tour Day
Bowmanville – Tuesday, Durham MP Erin O’Toole hosted several members of the Nuclear Caucus on an industry tour day starting with a visit to Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Darlington and finishing at Kinectrics in Etobicoke.
The morning tour at OPG Darlington Nuclear Generating Station began at the newly constructed Darlington Energy Complex, which will house a full scale reactor mockup that will be utilized for training. MPs held audience to a presentation on OPG and Darlington’s performance excellence, refurbishment, project management and new build updates. They discussed the impact of nuclear power across the country with OPG’s President, Tom Mitchell and senior management.
Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Darlington Nuclear Power Generator station is located on the shores of Lake Ontario in Clarington. The Darlington facility houses four CANDU reactors and is capable of producing up to 20% of Ontario’s energy needs.
Tuesday afternoon, the Nuclear Caucus continued their tour at Kinectrics, a former Ontario Hydro research facility located in Etobicoke. The tour provided MPs with a broad nuclear industry overview. Kinectrics is presently a leading testing, inspection, certification and consulting company with over 25 unique laboratory and testing facilities and is recognized world-wide because of an expertise built on 100 years of experience. Kinectrics was originally a technical and research division of Ontario Hydro, a major Canadian electrical utility founded on hydroelectric power, which eventually grew at one point into the largest electrical utility in North America – covering generation from nuclear, fossil, hydroelectric, and renewable sources, as well as transmission and distribution.
Last spring, MP O’Toole was named Chair of the Nuclear Caucus. Recognizing the importance of the more than 30,000 jobs in the Canadian nuclear sector, the informal group of Members of Parliament was formed by a collection of MPs who were interested in learning more about the nuclear industry.
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