NSERC/UNENE IRC Workshop on I&C Systems for Severe Accident Management at Ontario Power Generation

UNENE Workshop

Western Engineering News | October 30, 2015

On Friday, Oct. 2 nearly 30 academic researchers, graduate students and representatives from the Canadian nuclear industry met at the newly constructed Darlington Energy Complex (DEC) of Ontario Power Generation (OPG) in Courtice, Ont. for the 11th University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) Nuclear Instrumentation and Control (I&C) Workshop. This is an annual event, organized by Jin Jiang, an NSERC/UNENE Senior Industrial Research Chair Professor in Instrumentation and Control, and Electrical Systems.

The theme of this year’s workshop was regulatory requirements and measures that Canadian nuclear industries have taken for severe accident management. An important topic, especially following the recent event at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.  

“A significant amount of work has been initiated to examine the readiness of Canadian nuclear power plants in the event of a Fukushima-like event,” said Jiang. “In particular, it is extremely important to investigate how to gather, and pass on, the critical system information to the first responders in aiding the mitigation efforts of such an accident under emergency conditions.”

Rick Hohendorf, Director of Components Engineering at OPG opened the Workshop. Participants included distinguished guests, such as Basma Shalaby, President of UNENE; Fred Dermarkar, President of COG (CANDU Owners Group); Frank Saunders, Vice President of Bruce Power; and technical officers Quanmin Lei and Charles Zeng from CNSC (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission).


All participants also had an opportunity to tour the newly constructed CANDU reactor mock-up training facility at the DEC. The tour was an exciting event for many participants as this was the first time they saw CANDU Calandria, reactor faces, and pressure tubes up close. The facility is constructed for training staffs for the upcoming Darlington Refurbishment project that will launch in October 2016. The refurbishment of Darlington units will provide Ontarians with another 30 years of service.

The workshop accommodated 14 presentations from Western researchers and industry partners, and a 20-minute movie on the demonstration of readiness by Bruce Power to nuclear emergencies.