Darlington nuclear receives first five year licence for Canadian nuclear generating station
21 February 2003
CLARINGTON, ON, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today that it has granted Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Darlington nuclear generating station a five-year operating licence.
"The granting of a five-year licence marks a milestone for OPG and Darlington Nuclear. It is the first time a five-year licence has been granted to a Canadian nuclear generating station," said Senior Vice President Gregory Smith. "The operational improvements that have been achieved under OPG's Integrated Improvement Plan over the past several years are paying dividends. We expect to further improve our operation over the length of the new licence, to raise our operation to the highest levels of performance among world nuclear stations."
The licence was granted following two days of hearings before the CNSC in Ottawa. The new licence, which begins on March 1, 2003, will be valid until February 29, 2008.
Darlington Nuclear's four CANDU reactors provide approximately 3400 megawatts of electricity, about 15 per cent of the province's peak demand and enough power to supply the city of Toronto.
Ontario Power Generation is an Ontario based company, whose principal business is the generation and sale of electricity to customers in Ontario and to interconnected markets. Our focus is on the risk-managed production and sale of reliable electricity from our competitive generation assets. OPG's goal is to be a premier North American energy company, while operating in a safe, open and environmentally responsible manner.