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CNSC Approves OPG's Request to remove Pickering Hold Point

CNSC Approves OPG's Request to remove Pickering Hold Point

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On June 3, OPG received word the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) approved our request to remove the hold point from the Pickering licence. This authorizes OPG to proceed with operation of the Pickering station up to 247,000 equivalent full power hours. The station’s current operating licence expires in August 2018.

​In August 2013, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) issued a five-year operating licence for OPG’s Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. In the record of proceedings, the Commission required that OPG meet certain requirements to lift a “hold point” that had been established. The hold point required that OPG provide a technical basis to demonstrate that the Pickering station can be operated safely beyond 210,000 effective full power hours of operation. These requirements related primarily to fitness for service of the fuel channels, and completion of additional probabilistic safety assessment work.

OPG completed extensive studies to demonstrate that Pickering Nuclear can be safely operated beyond the established hold point and meet the CNSC’s requirements.

At a hearing in Ottawa on May 7, 2014, the CNSC considered OPG’s request to lift the hold point along with submissions from the public.

Below are documents supporting OPG's request: