Port Hope Conversion Facility – Extension of Temporary Harbour Water Supply

(Port Hope, Ontario – January 9, 2020) - In 2020, the Port Hope Conversion Facility (PHCF) had been experiencing a buildup of algae and other debris on the cooling water intake screens at the west wall of the Port Hope harbour approach channel. To help mitigate the issue the PHCF had installed and operated temporary harbour water intake lines along the west wall of the Port Hope harbour approach channel within the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) harbour work zone enclosure bounded by a wave attenuator installation.

CNL is conducting work in the harbour as part of the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) project to clean up historic contamination in Port Hope. In advance of CNL initiating harbour dredging in the inner harbour, the temporary harbour water supply will continue to be operated on an as-needed basis for the near term. Associated pumping equipment is positioned within the fence line of the PHCF and water is pumped to the south of the wave attenuator using an overland route, discharging within the existing PHCF cooling water intake screen structure immediately south of the CNL wave attenuator installation.

Temporary equipment installation and operation requirements will be re-valuated prior to February 28, 2021.

There is no impact to the public. The work will not interfere with navigation within the Port Hope harbour, as navigation is currently prevented due the CNL harbour work zone, and navigation to the Port Hope harbour from Lake Ontario is prevented due to the wave attenuator installation.

For more information please contact:

Sara Forsey
Manager, Public & Government Affairs
289.771.1007
sara_forsey@cameco.com