Continued Operations at the Pickering Station Helping to Drive Pickering’s Economy
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From L to R: Glenn Jager, Nuclear President & Chief Nuclear Officer, Ontario Power Generation; Brian McGee, Senior VP, Ontario Power Generation; Dave Ryan, Mayor, City of Pickering; Denise Jones, CA CPA, Partner, Collins Barrow Durham & 2016 APBOT President; Kathy McKay, Executive Director, Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade; Hon. Tracy MacCharles, MPP (Pickering-Scarborough East); Jeffrey Lyash, President & Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Power Generation
Pickering, ON, June 24, 2016: Business and political leaders from across the City of Pickering spoke about the economic and social benefits of extending the Pickering Nuclear Operations during a round table discussion at RCM Technologies in Pickering. The Ajax Pickering Board of Trade hosted the event that addressed the vital role of the Pickering Station Operations.
“OPG is a major employer in our community and has proven to be an exemplary corporate citizen.” said Denise Jones President, Ajax Pickering Board of Trade. “We are proud to count this company as a long-standing member and applaud them for their leadership and engagement on many local issues and initiatives.”
Technical work shows that Pickering can be safely operated to 2024 and that doing so would save Ontario electricity customers up to $600 million, avoid eight million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and protect 4,500 jobs across Durham Region. Approval to run to 2024 would be required from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
“In 2015, the Pickering Site had its best safety, reliability and human performance ever. This is part of a very positive trend toward ever-increasing performance at the station,” said Glenn Jager, Nuclear President and Chief Nuclear Officer at OPG. “We’re confident Pickering will provide safe, reliable and clean electricity for the province while the Darlington and Bruce stations undergo refurbishments between 2016 and 2024.”
The event was attended by the Honorable Tracy MacCharles, MPP Pickering-Scarborough and Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan. It was also attended by local business leaders including UCC Industries International Incorporated, TRC Performance Limited and CUSW.
“The economic benefits of extending the operations at the Pickering station will span far beyond the City of Pickering, and will create opportunities throughout Durham Region,” said Pickering’s Mayor Ryan. “It will mean highly skilled jobs are maintained in the City of Pickering and throughout the Durham Region.”