IAEA encourages improvement at Pickering NPP

09 October 2018

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has confirmed that the operator of Canada’s Pickering Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) demonstrated strengthened operational safety by addressing the findings of an initial IAEA review in 2016. The team also encouraged a focus on continuous improvement.

Pickering NPP is operated by Ontario Power Generation and has eight CANDU reactors at a site. Several recommendations and suggestions from the 2016 review were fully implemented, including enhanced work control process to ensure timely repair of equipment important to safety, improvements in the development and implementation of corrective actions, and better identification and elimination of industrial safety hazards.

The team noted that significant progress has been made on several other 2016 recommendations and suggestions. However, more time is required to fully implement some action plans, including improvements in housekeeping conditions in some areas of the plant, improvement in the conduct of plant event investigation, and control of auxiliary chemicals and substances.

The team provided a draft report of the mission to the plant’s management. The plant management and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission will have the opportunity to make factual comments on the draft.

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