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SNC-Lavalin and Aecon awarded $600M contract at Darlington Generating Station

By Andrew Snook   

Construction Financing Infrastructure

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and Aecon Group Inc. have roughly 600 million reasons to be happy about their recent joint venture for work on the Darlington Generating Station.

The Ontario Power Generation (OPG) awarded the two companies a contract valued at approximately $600 million to carry out the Definition Phase for the Darlington Retube and Feeder Replacement (RFR) Project, which will include the refurbishment of the four reactors at the Darlington Generating Station, located in Clarington, Ont.

The facility provides approximately 20 per cent of Ontario’s electricity needs and has a total output of 3,512 megawatts (MW).

The RFR project will have two phases – a Definition Phase, which will run from 2012 to 2016, and an Execution Phase from 2016 to 2023.


The Definition Phase is comprised of the construction of a full-scale reactor mock-up to simulate key elements of the refurbishment work – to be carried out by Toronto-based Aecon Industrial, the development of specialized tooling required – to be carried out by Montreal, QC-based SNC-Lavalin, a detailed scope, schedule and budget for the project’s Execution Phase and the procurement of reactor components for the first unit to be refurbished.

The refurbishment of Darlington’s four reactor cores will take place during the Execution Phase of the project, using tools and methods developed and tested during the Definition Phase.


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