Case Study

OPG’s Darlington Refurbishment – A Model for External Oversight and Assurance

July 17, 2020 11:30am

Carla Carmichael
VP, Nuclear Decommissioning Strategy
Ontario Power Generation

Eric Gould
Modus Strategic Solutions, Inc.

Milton Caplan
MZ Consulting Inc.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is completing the refurbishment of the first of four units at Darlington Generating Nuclear Station, a complex megaproject with an expected cost of $12.8 billion. In 2018, an audit of the project by the Ontario Auditor General (OAG) praised OPG for establishing “a clear accountability structure” through which “project timelines and costs are being managed, monitored and publicly reported on a regular basis and corrective actions are being taken when issues arise.” (Office of the Ontario Auditor General, 2018 Annual Report, Chapter 3.02) Hear directly from OPG and oversight team leads about how:

  • OPG structured its oversight and assurance entities and activities to provide visibility for its multiple stakeholders
  • OPG’s oversight and assurance activities provide all stakeholders with unfettered information, enabling solid decision-making and preventing problems from growing beneath the surface
  • OPG has meshed internal and external assurance activities with processes for contractor accountability and contract performance
  • Lessons learned from oversight and assurance activities will benefit the remaining phases of the Darlington Refurbishment project