Clean energy facility will decrease environmental footprint
Kincardine, ON – Laurentis Energy Partners (LEP), in partnership with EnergySolutions Canada, has opened a new 42,000-square-foot facility in Kincardine that will minimize waste associated with nuclear energy generation.
Built for Ontario Power Generation (OPG), the Western Clean Energy Sorting & Recycling Facility (WCSR) focuses on sorting materials like protective clothing or small tools from OPG’s nuclear generating stations. The facility supports OPG’s efforts to reduce waste volumes through processing, segregation, and by diverting more nuclear materials through methods that include reuse and recycling.
- By reducing the volume of nuclear materials, this operation decreases the need for new storage buildings and reduces OPG’s environmental footprint.
- Learnings from LEP and McMaster University’s Clean-Energy Materials Sorting and Recycling Initiative in Hamilton, Ontario, have been incorporated into the facility.
- LEP developed the facility, and Dancor Construction Ltd. constructed it.
- The facility operates under EnergySolutions’ Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) license. EnergySolutions Canada also provides radiation safety compliance and management for the facility.
“Nuclear power has been a mainstay in Ontario’s energy system for the past 50 years and will continue to play a critical role in powering electrification and economic growth,” said Chris Ginther, Ontario Power Generation’s Executive Vice President of Business Strategy and Commercial Management. “This innovative facility will allow OPG to support the three Rs, which includes further reducing nuclear’s already small environmental footprint by minimizing the number of low-level materials in storage.”
“Laurentis is pleased to continue to drive innovation in nuclear materials management for our clients,” said Jason Van Wart, President and CEO of Laurentis. “The official opening of the WCSR marks a significant milestone in our commitment to delivering cutting-edge nuclear energy solutions. The facility will enable the efficient sorting of nuclear materials and we’re pleased to have brought this integrated solution to the nuclear industry.”
“EnergySolutions is proud of the partnership we have established with Laurentis and OPG in this endeavor. Our joint success here is a reminder and example of our deep commitment to teamwork in Ontario’s nuclear industry and how fundamental it is to success,” stated Jeff Richardson, COO for EnergySolutions. “This facility is a clear demonstration of the power and potential of working together, each partner playing to their unique strengths and experience to deliver vital services to the province. We look forward to working together and exploring future ventures to serve OPG’s nuclear business and our common goal of Net Zero.”
“On behalf of Council, staff and the residents of Kincardine, I would like to congratulate Ontario Power Generation, Laurentis Energy Partners and EnergySolutions on the grand opening of the Western Clean Energy Sorting & Recycling facility,” says Kincardine Mayor, Kenneth Craig. “The addition of the WCSR will provide valuable jobs and represents continued innovation and advancement in our municipality, furthering our position as one of Canada’s leading communities in the energy sector.”
About Laurentis Energy Partners
Laurentis Energy Partners, a subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation, delivers cutting-edge and reliable nuclear energy solutions for clients globally. With a commitment to excellence and innovation, Laurentis offers expertise in inspections, refurbishment and engineering, nuclear materials sorting and recycling, the production of nuclear isotopes, and the advancement of small modular reactors. Laurentis has offices in the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and Bruce County in Ontario, Saint John in New Brunswick, Regina in Saskatchewan, and Bucharest and Cernavoda in Romania.
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About EnergySolutions Canada
EnergySolutions is a global leader in the safe recycling, processing, and disposal of nuclear material and offers customers a full range of integrated services and solutions, including, decommissioning, decontamination, site closure, transportation, nuclear materials management, processing, recycling, and disposition of nuclear waste. With decades of experience, EnergySolutions serves government and commercial customers in the nuclear, environmental, and energy sectors. The company is dedicated to providing innovative and cost-effective solutions to manage complex nuclear challenges. EnergySolutions Canada has been supporting the Canadian nuclear industry for over 45 years with dedicated operations in Ontario.
For additional information about EnergySolutions visit www.energysolutions.com