The provincial government is supporting a plan by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to extend the life of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station.
The updated schedule will allow 4,500 high-quality jobs to remain in Durham longer.
Under its proposed plan, OPG will keep Pickering’s units 1 and 4 operating until the end of 2024 and units 5 to 8 operating until the end of 2025, allowing for the safe, sequential shutdown of all units.
“The safe operation of Ontario’s nuclear assets is our top priority,” explained Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. “I’m pleased that OPG has developed an innovative proposal that will provide Ontarians with emission-free, low cost energy, and keep highly-skilled Ontarians working in their communities longer.”
Ken Hartwick, OPG President and CEO says they can safely and reliably operate Pickering until the end of 2025.
“I want to recognize every one of the Pickering staff for their commitment to safety and for their role in improving performance year over year,” shared Hartwick. “The station’s performance is better than ever and Ontario electricity users will continue to benefit from clean and stable baseload power for several more years.”