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Hatch ramps up its activities in nuclear power

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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.

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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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