Pickering Nuclear Generating Station
September 29, 2022: Ontario Power Generation plans to seek approval for an extension of commercial operations for the Pickering Nuclear Generation Station. The current licence does not allow commercial operation beyond December 31, 2024.
Any request to operate beyond this date requires a public hearing and authorization from the Commission.
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) owns and is licensed to operate the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (NGS), located in the city of Pickering (Municipality of Durham) on the north shore of Lake Ontario.
OPG currently holds a 10-year operating licence for the Pickering NGS, which expires on August 31, 2028. The current licence does not allow operations beyond December 31, 2024.
Photo courtesy of Ontario Power Generation
|Licensee:||Ontario Power Generation|
|Reactor type:||CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium)|
|Vendor:||Atomic Energy of Canada Limited|
|Number of units:||8 reactors|
|Installed capacity:||3,100 MW|
|Status:|| Units 1 and 4: Operating
Units 2 and 3: Safe storage
Units 5, 6, 7 and 8: Operating
|Licence issued:||September 1, 2018|
|Licence expires:||August 31, 2028|
|Start of operation:||Between 1971 and 1973 for Pickering units 1 to 4 and 1983 and 1986 for units 5 to 8|
|Licensing documentation:||Request a copy of Pickering Nuclear Generating Station licence and licence conditions handbook by email at email@example.com|
|Facility website:||Ontario Power Generation|
The Commission is an independent administrative tribunal set up at arm’s length from government, without ties to the nuclear industry. Use the links below to find documents related to Commission meetings or hearings.
- February 16, 2022: Record of Decision - Ontario Power Generation - Request for Authorization to Restart Pickering Nuclear Generating Station B Units 6-8 following future outages
- February 15, 2022: Record of Decision - Ontario Power Generation - Request for Authorization to Restart Pickering Nuclear Generating Station B Unit 5 following a forced outage
- November 24, 2021: Record of Decision - Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation - Review by the Commission of 3 Designated Officer Orders Issued to Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation Inc. on July 26-27, 2021; and Requests to Restart Reactors subject to the Orders
- August 8, 2018: CNSC renews Ontario Power Generation's Nuclear Power Reactor Operating Licence for the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station
- February 7, 2018: CNSC renews Ontario Power Generation's waste facility operating licence for the Pickering Waste Management Facility
The CNSC posts regulatory enforcement actions taken to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment. Use the links below to find out more about any orders or penalties that have been placed on this licensee, if any.
- No regulatory actions
Licensees must report events and incidents involving licensed activities that could impact the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment to the CNSC. Use the links below to find any information provided by this licensee, if any, as well as other public disclosures made by licensees.
- Event reports
(source: Ontario Power Generation)
- Disclosure protocol
(source: Ontario Power Generation)
- December 12, 2016: CNSC staff present to Pickering City Council on the regulatory oversight for the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station and the upcoming relicensing process
- October and November 2016: CNSC staff make several presentations in the community on the regulatory oversight of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station
- Pressure tubes: The heart of the matter
- July 13, 2021: Darlington and Pickering NGS: Request pursuant to Subsection 12(2) of the General Nuclear Safety and Control Regulations: Issues Relating to Measurement of Hydrogen Concentration in Pressure Tubes
- November 2016: Protocol between Ontario Power Generation and the CNSC for the Pickering Waste Management Facility
Protecting Canadians and the environment
The CNSC uses information provided by licensees to create our own reports assessing the environmental effects of nuclear facilities or licensed activities.
- Environmental monitoring: Independent environmental monitoring results collected by the CNSC
- Environmental risk assessment: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy
- Federal, provincial and municipal monitoring programs: List of monitoring programs managed by other levels of government
- Radionuclide releases – nuclear power plants: Dataset in Canada’s Open Government catalogue including information on releases from this facility
Health and safety
The CNSC oversees licensee emergency planning and works with other levels of government to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. We also conduct and review health studies on various areas associated with the production, possession or use of nuclear substances.
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