OPG's nuclear stations have highest safety rating

05 December 2018

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has once again awarded Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Darlington and Pickering nuclear stations its highest safety rating of Fully Satisfactory. For nine consecutive years, Darlington Nuclear has achieved the highest possible safety rating while Pickering Nuclear has achieved the highest possible safety rating for the third year in a row. Combined, the plants provide about 30% of the electricity used in the province.

The Pickering nuclear station is one of Ontario’s most important generating assets. OPG will continue operating Pickering until 2024 to ensure a reliable, clean source of power during the Darlington refurbishment project. This continued operation will save Ontario electricity customers up to CAD 600M, and avoid 17 MT of greenhouse gas emissions.

In October 2016, OPG started work on the USD 12.8B refurbishment of Darlington nuclear station. The Darlington refurbishment project is under budget, ahead of schedule and Canada’s largest clean energy project. An independent report by the Conference Board of Canada estimates that the project and subsequent 30 years of station operation will generate a total of CAD 89.9B in economic benefits for Ontario.

Darlington Nuclear’s “Fully Satisfactory” rating for the ninth year in a row is the strongest continuous performance by any Canadian nuclear power plant.

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