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Pickering Nuclear Licence Renewal

Pickering Nuclear Licence Renewal

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CNSC Renews Pickering Licence

In August 2017, OPG submitted its licence renewal application to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). Following a two-part hearing, on Aug. 8, 2018, the CNSC renewed the Nuclear Power Reactor Operating Licence for Pickering Nuclear from Sept. 1, 2018 until Aug. 31, 2028, and authorized OPG to operate Units 5-8 up to a maximum of 295,000 equivalent full power hours. 

The renewed licence allows for continued operation to 2024, followed by safe storage activities such as removal of fuel and water between 2024 and 2028. 

The information provided through the application demonstrated that the station meets all applicable requirements of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and associated regulations. To support the licence renewal, the station completed a Periodic Safety Review (PSR), which is a comprehensive safety review of all safety aspects. The PSR concluded that the station is safe today and will be safe to operate to 2024. The results of the PSR, as documented in its Integrated Implementation Plan (IIP), have been reviewed and accepted by the CNSC. The Pickering station continues to demonstrate a strong safety performance rating that is in the industry’s top quartile.

Documents supporting OPG's application can be found at the bottom of this page.

Public interventions are an important part of the licensing process. Read more about these interventions in the hearing documents.

Recorded webcasts and detailed transcripts of the hearings are available on the CNSC website.