Pickering Nuclear Generating Station to operate until 2024

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced its decision to grant a 10-year operating licence for the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station.

On behalf of Ontario’s Nuclear Advantage (ONA), an ongoing public communications campaign to build support for nuclear energy across Ontario. We would like to thank you for your ongoing support for the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (PNGS) to remain open and operating until 2024.Following a two-part public hearing held on April 4, 2018 in Ottawa and from June 25 to 29, 2018 in Pickering, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced its decision to grant a 10 -year operating licence for the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station.

“OPG is very pleased with the CNSC’s decision that will save Ontario’s electricity customers up to $600 million and preserve 7,500 jobs across Ontario,” said Jeff Lyash, OPG’s President and CEO. “The decision reflects our continued investment in Pickering to improve its already strong performance, and the dedication of our staff to nuclear safety and ensuring safe and reliable operations to 2024.”

The licence will be valid from September 1, 2018 until August 31, 2028. The station will operate until the end of 2024, followed by safe storage activities, such as removal of fuel and water, between 2024 and 2028.

The Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Honourable Greg Rickford was pleased to share this announcement with the Ontario Legislature during Question Period on Thursday August 9, 2018.

“Nuclear power is the backbone of our electricity system. It produces over half of Ontario’s electricity. That’s why I am pleased to inform this legislature, that the Pickering nuclear generating station has received approval from the CNSC to continue to operate until 2024,” said Minister Rickford. “This extension will save Ontario’s electricity customers up to $600 million, alongside protecting 7,500 good jobs in our province. The continued operation until 2024 is expected to contribute over $ 12.3 billion to Ontario’s GDP.”

In making its decision, the Commission considered submissions from OPG and from 155 intervenors, as well as CNSC staff’s recommendations.

For more information on this announcement, please visit the CNSC website at www. nuclearesafety.gc.ca. Hearing transcripts can be obtained on the CNSC website or by contacting the CNSC ( 613-996-6860). The hearing webcast is also available on the same site for 90 days.

Quick facts:

  • Continued safe operations of Pickering Nuclear will help to secure a reliable and efficient supply of low cost, baseload electricity.
  • For two years in a row, Pickering Nuclear has been awarded the highest possible safety rating from federal regulators.
  • OPG has continually invested in the station to keep the units running efficiently.
  • Operating Pickering until 2024 will avoid carbon emissions comparable to taking 3.4 million cars off the road
  • Continued Pickering operations will contribute $12.3 billion to Ontario’s GDP