The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) build strong collaboration to support the operation of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station to 2024

The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) held a very successful Supplier Collaboration Workshop on Wednesday May 24th and Supplier Day on Thursday, May 25th.
By OCNI
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017, Pickering, Ontario. – The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) held a very successful Supplier Collaboration Workshop on Wednesday May 24th on “Innovative Solutions to support Pickering Operations to 2024” at the Ajax Convention Center.  Senior engineering and operations staff from OPG Pickering outlined various plant performance improvement initiatives including plant monitoring techniques and innovative technologies to assist in maintenance of an aging plant.

OPG is seeking to leverage technology to improve plant maintenance practices, inspection, and repair. OPG also confirmed that it is seeking innovative solutions from the university and supplier community to be applied to Pickering SafeStor and decommissioning.  Vendor panel discussions were held on the use of state of the art technology and lessons learned to improve OPG’s current and future maintenance practices.

There were more than 140 Industry partners engaged in the all-day discussions with OPG staff that were interactive and informative.  Continued operations of Pickering Nuclear will save Ontarians over $600 million dollars and will provide 14% of Ontario’s power which is enough to supply a city of 1.5 million people. “It’s vital that OPG as an operator and we as an industry not lose sight of what will keep us moving forward” said Pickering Site Senior Vice President, Randy Lockwood.  “Safety and cost effectiveness – along with performance and value – are absolute prerequisites for convincing the province that the decision to operate Pickering to 2024 was the right one”. 

“OCNI companies look forward to supporting the continued operations of Pickering NGS to 2024 as it continues to demonstrate this robust CANDU technology as a reliable and cost effective producer of clean energy for a low carbon economy,” added OCNI President and CEO, Ron Oberth.  “Pickering will continue to support the Province’s economy while providing good jobs for new engineering, science and skilled trades graduates.”

At the Suppliers Day event on Pickering NGS on May 25th, Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan noted that “the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (PNGS) is one of Ontario’s most key sources of nuclear energy, currently generating 3100 megawatts of electricity for the province. As such, the member companies of OCNI play a vital role in our community by creating thousands of skilled jobs, and providing significant economic benefits to our local and provincial economies”.

As well OCNI was pleased to welcome Tracy MacCharles, MPP Pickering-Scarborough East who reiterated that “the more than 100 exhibitors participating in today’s event bring together a wide range of products and services that supply the nuclear industry in Canada. Ontario’s nuclear energy sector is a province-wide success story, supporting more than 70,000 jobs and powering the growth of our low-carbon economy. With our government’s commitment to the Darlington and Bruce Power refurbishment projects and continued operations at Pickering to 2024, we can look forward to many more decades of good jobs and clean, affordable power”.

The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) is an association of more than 200 Canadian suppliers to the nuclear industry that employ more than 12,000 highly skilled and specialized engineers, technologists, and trades people. OCNI companies design reactors, manufacture major equipment and components, and provide engineering services and support to CANDU nuclear power plants in Canada as well as to CANDU and Light Water Reactor (LWR) plants in offshore markets.


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Contact:

Ron Oberth, President and CEO, Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries

905 839 -0073 or 647 407 6081, ron.oberth@ocni.ca

Marina Oeyangen, Director of Operations, Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries

905 839 -0073 or 905-706-5958, marina.oeyangen@ocni.ca