The project is massive – a ten-year overhaul of the nuclear reactors at Darlington, to start immediately, creating 300 jobs at Aecon Industrial’s Cambridge plant and a similar number at both ATS Automation and BWX Technologies (formerly Babcock and Wilcox).
Aecon executive chairman John Beck says more than three times as many Aecon workers will be needed on the actual job site. “Because there’s two to three years for each of the four reactors and we will have a thousand-plus very highly specialized nuclear workers on site.”
Beck says the project is a big boon to the local economy. “Major activity will take place in the Cambridge area, supporting the refurbishment of the Darlington energy centre. We’re all working with OPG.”
He adds the project also signals a rejuvenation of the Ontario nuclear industry. “This is a continuing sort of growth, a rebirth of the nuclear industry in Ontario and that is allowing us to export our products and our expertise.”
Beck says the entire project will create 8,600 jobs in total and inject $8-billion into the Ontario economy.”