Unit at Ontario Power Gen’s Pickering nuclear plant completes big run

Ontario Power Generation‘s Pickering nuclear station recently achieved its second longest generating run for one of its units, the Canadian utility said on Jan. 20.

On Jan. 12, Pickering’s Unit 5 was shut down to begin a maintenance outage, ending 523 consecutive days of generating. In 1994, Pickering’s Unit 7 set a world record when it operated for 894 days without a shutdown.

“This is a great example of the significant contribution the Pickering station makes to the Ontario grid,” said Glenn Jager, OPG’s Chief Nuclear Officer. “It is also a testament to our skilled employees who understand their important role in upholding the highest standards ofsafety and quality while meeting the needs of Ontarians.”

During its 45 years in operation, Pickering Nuclear has been an important part of the Ontario electricity system, producing over 750 terawatt hours or enough electricity to power the entire province for five full years (at current consumption). Pickering has a total output of 3,100 MW and produces approximately 14% of Ontario’s electricity each year. The station will continue to demonstrate its value as an important source of energy during the refurbishment of OPG’s Darlington Nuclear station, beginning in 2016, the utility noted.

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