Bruce Power is starting to get the ball rolling as it begins preparations to refurbish six of its reactors.
President and CEO Duncan Hawthorne says they now have firm policy behind them, referring to the provincial government’s updated Long-Term Energy Plan, which calls for the refurbishment of the Bruce and Darlington nuclear stations.
Hawthorne says now they must get the necessary contracts in place and secure the investments needed to pump $15-billion into the Bruce Power site over the course of ten years, starting with the refurbishment of Unit 4, targeted to begin on August 1, 2016.
He says the company learned some very expensive lessons during the refurbishments of Units 1 and 2, which took twice as long as originally planned and cost $5-billion, double the original budget. Hawthorne says they won’t be allowed to let that happen again, so they need to make sure the Unit 4 refurbishment is both on-time and on-budget.
MPP Bob Delaney, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, toured the Bruce Power site and says the province wants only one reactor down at a time for refurbishment. He says they need to ensure there’s enough capacity to keep the lights on across the province, and to continue learning lessons so that they become more efficient at the refurbishment work as they go.
Delaney confirms that Ontario will be free of coal power generation by this time next year and adds there’s no way that could have been possible without Bruce Power being restored to its full eight-unit potential