OPG in the Community Update June, 2018


by Fred Kuntz

OPG and Bruce Power: OPG was pleased to support Bruce Power’s application for a licence renewal, with a letter to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) from Glenn Jager, President of OPG Nuclear. Jager’s letter describes the many ways the two companies work together – from refurbishments and environmental monitoring, to security and emergency preparedness – crediting such collaboration for elevating OPG’s confidence in the safety of Bruce Power’s operations.

Jeff Lyash visits Bruce site: OPG’s President and Chief Executive Officer visited the Bruce Nuclear site in May, to talk to staff about the importance of collaboration between OPG and Bruce Power, on major projects such as the Darlington Refurbishment and Bruce Power’s Major Component Replacement. He also stopped at the Kincardine municipal office to thank Mayor Anne Eadie and council for their continued support of the Deep Geologic Repository project, OPG’s lasting solution for permanent and safe disposal of low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste.

OPG produces life-saving medical isotopes: A new collaboration between OPG subsidiary Canadian Nuclear Partners and a subsidiary of BWX Technologies, Inc. will make Darlington Nuclear the first large-scale commercial nuclear power station worldwide to produce molybdenum-99. The initiative will help ensure the world’s long-term supply of this critical medical isotope, used in over 30 million life-saving diagnostic and medical treatments each year.

Extra, extra! OPG’s summer edition of PowerNews has hit the stands. Read all about how the Darlington Refurbishment is helping to fill the gap in skilled trades; how a little yellow submarine helped solved a tricky problem at Smoky Falls Generating Station; and how the medical isotope Cobalt-60 is harvested at Pickering Nuclear.

Around Ontario:

  • Dammy the Beaver: OPG has launched a new water safety campaign featuring the harrowing tale of Dammy the Beaver.  An avid angler, Dammy learns first-hand about the dangers of fishing near hydro dams and generating stations.
  • School of fishing: Once again, the OPG-sponsored Travelling TackleShare program will be on the road this summer, visiting a number of Ontario Parks across the province. TackleShare provides a hands-on, educational workshop on fishing techniques, to get new and young anglers out on the water, safely, and at no cost.
  • Pickering hearings: The CNSC is holding public hearings in Pickering from June 25 to 29, on OPG’s application to renew the licence for the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. The renewal would enable the plant to continue operations to 2024, providing safe, low-cost and reliable energy to Ontario. You can watch the hearings online at the CNSC webcast link
  • Financial strength: OPG reported net income of $535 million for the first quarter of 2018, including of a one-time after-tax gain of $205 million from selling the former Lakeview generating station property, compared to $64 million for the same period in 2017. “As Ontario’s publicly-owned electricity generator, we are pleased to report our strong first quarter results that have resulted in significant net income to our shareholder, the Province of Ontario,” said CEO Jeff Lyash.