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Hatch ramps up its activities in nuclear power

June 23, 2016   CCE

Bruce Power Station near Lake Huron, Ontario. Photo: Bruce Power

Bruce Power Station near Lake Huron, Ontario. Photo: Bruce Power

Hatch is working on projects at three nuclear plants in Ontario.

To support the work it is doing at Bruce Power near Lake Huron, the  Toronto-based consulting engineering company is opening an office in Port Elgin. Bruce Power is Canada’s first private nuclear facility and has recently announced a $13-billion refurbishment of six nuclear units at its site. Hatch is prime consultant for a feasibility study and conceptual design for a planned decontamination facility, and it also did the conceptual design, detailed design and construction for a new MSC Support Centre.

Meanwhile, at the Darlington nuclear plant east of Oshawa on Lake Ontario, Hatch is involved in a $12.8 billion refurbishment by Ontario Power Generation. The company is providing engineering services for the refurbishment project office and a new building related to the re-tube feeder replacement.

And at Ontario Power Generation’s Pickering nuclear station east of Toronto, Hatch is doing design, construction and commissioning for a new used fuel dry storage facility.

The company has also been doing work on small modular reactors (SMRs) and has completed a new study for the Ontario Ministry of Energy examining their feasibility for remote areas. The study is published online.  Brian Gihm, an author of the study, wrote an article on the same topic in Canadian Consulting Engineer’s May 2015 issue. Click here.

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John Pearson, Hatch’s global managing director of energy, says:  “This is an exciting time for Ontario’s nuclear industry and for Ontarians, who will benefit from reliable, economical, carbon-free electricity as these projects get under way.”


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2 Comments » for Hatch ramps up its activities in nuclear power
  1. Richard Annett says:

    Its funny that you do not mention or remind people of the down sides;
    1. The waste produced has to be looked after for hundreds of generations. So that makes conventional mine clean up operations look puny in comparison. No one has a moral right to deliberately create pollution for future generations to clean up.
    2. Insurance. These power stations cannot get insurance for nuclear accidents. Renewables can. Again, after the failures in Japan have made us realize it is an immoral act of making the tax payer pay from something that unnecessary in the event of a problem. I think that is an act of Fraud.
    Needless to say I urge Engineers never to work on Nukes, ever.

    • HM says:

      Your argument against Nuclear waste and Insurance should be of concern. However you need more context to give a better picture. Nuclear power generation was and is becoming popular again for good reasons. Despite the obvious hazards and long term commitments, it is the most efficient way we have of generating electricity. Renewables pale in comparison when you put them side by side.

      Also keep in mind there is no such thing as 100% “green” power, there is only such a thing as zero emissions power. Everything we manufacture, build and operate creates a carbon footprint, some are just bigger than others. To really gauge the difference you have to think not just of emissions and waste but of what goes in and what comes out throughout the entire lifecycle. Wind turbines and solar panels also become waste eventually, the materials also take generations to decompose; the major difference is that they are not radioactive. That said, nuclear waste is planned and managed much more rigourously than any other type of waste we know for that very reason.

      The Nuclear industry is one of the few that make major investments in saftey and reliability. When events such as Fukishima happen, Nuclear operators world wide revise their programs to make sure it doesn’t happen to them. That event alone created billions of dollars in projects so that all Nuc Plants could upgrade their emergency backup systems. Not many other industries do this on the same scale.

      Regardless, we shouldn’t downplay the significance of Nuclear hazards and waste, but we should also not discount the great merits of Nuclear power generation. Everything we do has hazards and challenges which we should manage accordingly. Furthermore, part of the solution to our Energy problems is not only to generate more power but also to find ways of using less. You should not urge Engineers to stay away from Nukes or any technology for that matter. We should urge Engineers to work collaboratively to find the solutions that best fit the problem. The answers to complex problems are usually also mixed and complex. No one technology can rule them all.

      Engineers should use the power of communication and science first and carry over with mutual respect to work together for the sake of our future generations.

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