August 25, 2011 16:13 ET

Thousands of Jobs Get Green Light at Darlington

Society of Professional Engineers and Associates Reacts to Joint Review Panel Recommendation on New Nuclear Build

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2011) - "The Joint Review Panel (JRP) recommending approval of the application by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) for a new build at the Darlington site is a wonderful news," said Michael Ivanco, Vice President of the Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA). "After a long period of uncertainty we can now start to see some light at the end of a tunnel that will put our members' talent and expertise to use."

 

OPG selected Darlington as the site of its next nuclear power plant through a site selection process. It also held a competitive tendering process and selected Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) as its preferred supplier.

"Due to the uncertainty surrounding AECL and the federal government's commitment, a contract was not signed," said Ivanco. "Now that the JRP has concluded deliberations we hope that both the Ontario Government and AECL's successor company, CANDU Energy/SNC Lavalin, will be able get back to the table and hammer out a deal. Thousands of jobs depend on it."

Earlier today our engineers, scientists and technologists received welcomed news that Argentina concluded an agreement with CANDU Energy Inc. for $440 million to refurbish the Embalse Nuclear Generating Station. "This confirms that Canadian technology and staff are world leaders," Ivanco pointed out. "When given the opportunity we know we can deliver."

Ivanco concluded by saying, "We hope that this will be the first of many more positive announcements. The economic impact of a new build at Darlington will have a tremendous impact on our members, the industry and province."

The Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA) represents engineers, scientists, technologists and tradespeople who collectively represent the majority of Canada's nuclear power design expertise. Currently they are employed by Atomic Energy of Canada but transitioning to CANDU Energy a member company of SNC Lavalin Group.

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  • Michelle Duncan
    SPEA External Relations
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