While Pickering Nuclear is now planning to operate to 2024 (pending regulatory approval), OPG continues to study its plan for end of station commercial operations. This upfront preparatory work will ensure the station is ready for eventual shutdown.
Our challenge is to repurpose the site in a way that continues to benefit both OPG and the surrounding communities, while remaining consistent with OPG’s decommissioning plans.
In the spring of 2015, we invited employees, subject matter experts, and the community to help us identify some ideas both for during and after station decommissioning activities. Hundreds of people sent us their thoughts and ideas for the future of the Pickering Nuclear site. These ideas have been captured in the report and include the following key considerations: physical constraints, market demand, and compatibility with on-site and off-site activities.
In the spring of 2016, the Repurposing Pickering Preliminary Assessment Report was shared. This report provides a short list of preferred options for further investigation. Additionally, the Repurposing Pickering study team held a series of Youth Engagement Workshops with local colleges, universities, and high schools. The workshops generated 78 ideas, which brought the project’s total up to over 700 ideas captured.
Several factors will play a role in the final decision for the preferred site repurposing vision, including the results of ongoing studies, cost and scheduling considerations, and the appropriate approvals. OPG will use this information to make a sound business decision at the appropriate time. Stay tuned for more information.