Friday Nuclear Matinee – Darlington Nuclear Station

Friday Nuclear Matinee

Today’s ANS Friday Matinee is an official video tour of Darlington Nuclear Station, produced for the public by Ontario Power Generation.

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The nuclear plant featured in this video is of the CANDU type, which is the particular model chosen for wide manufacture in Canada and which is fairly unique. While CANDU units have been successfully built in a number of other countries (directly or under contract), only in Canada is the type exclusively used. Nevertheless, this video gives a fascinating tour of facilities the public generally never sees and explains the power plant in an easy to understand way.

Fun Fact: Darlington nuclear plant has a very long turbine building (as you’ll see in the video) because it is built with the turbine areas for each nuclear unit end-to-end in the same large structure. This however isn’t the longest ever constructed—in the former East Germany, there was a nuclear plant of Soviet design called Greifswald, which had eight VVER-440 reactors and had a single, long turbine building that was 1.2 kilometers (3600 feet, or 7/10 of a mile) end to end. The turbine building was designed to house 16 turbine generators—the VVER-440 design used two 220 MWe (Megawatts electrical) turbine generators per reactor. Greifswald, never fully completed (Units 7 and 8 never were fully finished, Unit 6 was never started up, and Unit 5 only operated briefly) was shut down soon after the reunification of East and West Germany, and today is in advanced stages of decommissioning. The turbine building was however completed structurally and holds the record for the longest nuclear plant turbine building ever constructed anywhere.

About Will Davis

Will Davis is the Communications Director for the N/S Savannah Association, Inc. where he also serves as historian, newsletter editor and member of the board of directors. Davis has recently been engaged by the Global America Business Institute as a consultant. He is also a consultant to, and writer for, the American Nuclear Society; an active ANS member, he is serving on the ANS Communications Committee 2013–2016. In addition, he is a contributing author for Fuel Cycle Week, and writes his own popular blog Atomic Power Review. Davis is a former US Navy reactor operator, qualified on S8G and S5W plants.

One thought on “Friday Nuclear Matinee – Darlington Nuclear Station

  1. northcoast

    Could use some editing for technical clarity.

    The tubes are welded together?

    The bundles are inserted into the tank? (The video clarifies this.)

    One out of 7k drops of water is heavy water?