By Simcoe Reformer
July 15, 2015 - The Nanticoke Generating Station's days as a major producer of electricity are over.
The province stopped burning coal at the plant in 2013 and has now written off the possibility of converting NGS to natural gas or biomass.Ontario Power Generation announced its decision in a news release Wednesday. The sprawling 800-acre complex may be given over to a solar farm some time in the future. But as for the buildings and related infrastructure, OPG “will no longer preserve and staff Nanticoke GS.”
The announcement has implications for the 30 staff members who have maintained the facility for the past 18 months. In its release, OPG says the workers “will be treated fairly, following the terms of existing union agreements.”
In an interview, OPG spokesperson Neal Kelly said the eight boiler units and associated technology at Nanticoke could be removed and put to work elsewhere.