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CNA Sponsor Spotlight: GE Hitachi

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors, nuclear fuel and services. GEH is the Diamond Sponsor of CNA2020.

GE and Hitachi have been at the forefront of nuclear technology for decades. For more than 60 years, they have designed for, fueled and serviced the nuclear industry. In 2007, GEH established an alliance to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor, fuel and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership needed to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety.

In May 2019, GEH started the vendor design review of its BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The review is an optional service to provide early feedback during the design process. The objective is to verify, at a high level, whether the plant design meets nuclear regulatory requirements and expectations. The combined Phase 1 and 2 review focuses on identifying issues that could hamper the licensing process for a new build project while assuring that a resolution path exists for any issues that may be identified.

The BWRX-300 is a 300 MWe water-cooled reactor. As the 10th evolution of the boiling water reactor (BWR), the BWRX-300 is the simplest, yet most innovative BWR design since GE began commercializing nuclear reactors in 1955. The BWRX-300 uses the design and licensing basis of the U.S. NRC-certified ESBWR. Through dramatic design simplification, GEH projects the BWRX-300 will need significantly less capital per megawatt than other water-cooled SMR designs or existing large nuclear reactor designs.

GEH also partners with GE Steam Power to serve the industry. GE’s Steam Power has installed 30 per cent of the world’s steam turbine capacity, 50 per cent of the world’s steam turbines for nuclear power plants and 30 per cent of the world’s boilers, as well as provided 1,500 steam turbine module retrofits.

GEH is sponsoring the Thursday Trade Show Reception, being held from 17:00 to 19:30 in the exhibitors’ area. Snacks will be served at many stations, and the CNA2020 prize draw will be held at 18:15. Find the complete CNA2020 schedule at https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.

To register for the conference, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.

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Getting to Net-Zero Emissions Using Nuclear: Canada’s low-carbon future

Ever wonder how Canada is going to reach net-zero emissions? Join the CEO panel at CNA2020 as Ken Hartwick of Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Mike Marsh of SaskPower, Mike Rencheck of Bruce Power and Gaëtan Thomas of NB Power discuss how Canada can reach its low-carbon future with nuclear power.

OPG CEO Ken Hartwick

Hartwick joined OPG in 2016 as chief financial officer and senior vice-president of finance before becoming president and CEO in 2019. Before that, he was interim president and CEO at Atlantic Power Corporation and president and CEO of Just Energy Corporation, a Canadian-based energy retailer. He was also the CFO at Hydro One in Ontario.

SaskPower CEO and President Mike Marsh

President and CEO since 2015, Marsh first joined SaskPower in 1991 as an engineering supervisor before joining the corporate and financial services leadership team in 2001. In 2012, he became vice-president of operations and chief operations officer. Marsh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA.

Bruce Power President and CEO Mike Rencheck

Rencheck joined Bruce Power as president and CEO in 2016. He was the deputy chief operating officer for AREVA Group (international) after being president and CEO of AREVA Inc. in North America. Before joining AREVA, he was senior vice-president and chief nuclear officer at American Electric Power. He is a professional engineer and certified senior reactor operator.

NB Power CEO Gaëtan Thomas

Serving as CEO of NB Power since 2010, Thomas is a loyal and lifelong employee of the utility. He has worked in all aspects of the business, including as vice-president of the nuclear, distribution and customer service divisions. Thomas earned a degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

The CEO panel will be held Thursday, February 27, from 14:00 to 15:00. Find the complete schedule at https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.

To register for the conference, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.

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CNA Sponsor Spotlight: Ontario Power Generation

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is proud to be one of the largest, most diverse clean power producers in North America. OPG is the largest electricity generator in the province, providing almost half the power Ontarians rely on every day. It is also one of the most diverse generators in North America with expertise in nuclear, hydro, biomass, solar and gas.

OPG also has expertise in isotopes. In November, it signed an agreement with Nordion (Canada) Inc. to expand the production of cobalt-60 to the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. Implementing cobalt-60 production at the Darlington station will replace the capacity lost when the Pickering station ceases operations, and provide increased production to meet global demand.

OPG invests millions of dollars in local economies and employs thousands of people to maintain a modern, sophisticated energy fleet. It partners with local, environmental and Indigenous groups to improve the well-being of the communities in which it has sites.

Here are a few of the impressive numbers from OPG nuclear:

  • 5,728 MW in-service nuclear generating capacity (Sept. 30, 2019)
  • 2 stations, Pickering has 6 units and Darlington has 4 units
  • 34% of Ontario’s electricity supply comes from Pickering (14%) and Darlington (20%)
  • 50 years of experience safely operating nuclear facilities in Ontario
  • $89.9 billion into Ontario’s GDP just from the Darlington refurbishment project
  • 2024 end of commercial electricity generation at Pickering
  • 2055 Darlington operations after refurbishment

The Canadian Nuclear Association is proud to shine a spotlight on its CNA2020 Platinum-level sponsor, Ontario Power Generation.

OPG is the sponsor for the Thursday lunch and keynote speaker. Find the complete schedule at https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.

To register for the conference, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.

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CNA sponsor spotlight: Bruce Power

The Canadian Nuclear Association is proud to shine a spotlight on its CNA2020 Uranium-level sponsor, Bruce Power.

Formed in 2001 and based in Bruce County on Lake Huron, Bruce Power was Canada’s first private nuclear generator. The company is a partnership among TC Engery, OMERS Infrastructure Management Inc. (a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), The Power Workers’ Union and The Society of Energy Professionals. It operates the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station under a lease with Ontario Power Generation, which owns the site.

The Bruce station has been delivering power to the Ontario electricity grid since 1976. Now, the eight-unit station is one of the largest in the world, operating at 6,288 MWe. In 2018, Bruce generated 48.4 billion kWh, enough to power 5 million Ontario households. That’s more than 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity.

The utility’s refurbishment of four nuclear units brought 3,000 MW of reliable, low-cost and carbon-free electricity back to the grid. That provided 70 per cent of the electricity needed for the province to phase out coal-fired generation in 2014.

Bruce Power is investing about $13 billion in private money into Units 3 to 8, which are still owned by Ontario taxpayers. The life extension began in 2016 and will continue through 2053, allowing Bruce Power’s units to operate safely through to 2064.

For more than 30 years, the four reactors at Bruce Power’s Bruce B have been a reliable source of cobalt-60 for Nordion. Sterilization cobalt-60 is the first and most widely used type of cobalt-60. It sterilizes 40 per cent of the world’s single-use medical devices, such as sutures, syringes, gowns, gloves and masks. Medical-grade cobalt-60 is used worldwide for radiation-based cancer treatments and for the treatment of complex brain conditions. Bruce Power has recently begun producing this new source of cobalt, which will ensure doctors and their patients have treatments when they need them.

The utility injects billions of dollars into Ontario’s economy annually, providing over 4,000 full-time, direct jobs to highly skilled employees, and thousands more indirectly.

Bruce Power is the sponsor of the CNA2020 welcome reception, the conference’s premier networking event. The reception will be held Wednesday, February 26, from 18:00 to 20:30. They will also host the Bruce Power Suppliers Forum from 14:00 to 16:00. Find the complete schedule at https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.

Suppliers already registered for CNA2020 will have access to the Bruce Power Supplier Forum. Suppliers not registered can purchase a one-day package that provides access to the forum, and the CNA2020 Trade Show Opening and Welcome Reception. To register, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.

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WANO and CNSC to provide regulatory update at CNA2020

CNSC President Rumina Velshi
WANO Chairman Tom Mitchell

Get the most up-to-date regulatory information with a panel presentation at CNA2020 on Thursday, February 27, 2020, from 09:15 to 10:00. Taking the stage will be World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) Chairman Tom Mitchell and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) President Rumina Velshi.

WANO is a not-for-profit international organization that helps its members maximize the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants worldwide. It was established in 1989 by the world’s nuclear power operators to exchange safety knowledge and operating experience. WANO’s members operate about 460 nuclear units in more than 30 countries and areas worldwide.

Mitchell has over 40 years of experience working in nuclear industry leadership roles. Before joining WANO, he was CEO at Ontario Power Generation. He has been an influential and active leader in WANO for many years, including being the chair of WANO’s post-Fukushima committee in 2011. He also served as the deputy director of the WANO Atlanta Centre and as governor on the WANO governing board.

The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials

  • to protect health, safety, security and the environment;
  • to implement Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and
  • to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.

It was established in 2000 and reports to the minister of natural resources.

Velshi was not new to the CNSC when she was named president and CEO in 2018. She was appointed as a permanent, part-time commission member in 2011. Throughout her career, she has worked at Ontario Hydro and Ontario Power Generation, and has served as a board member on the Ontario Energy Board. Velshi actively promotes careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, especially for young women.

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Lessons learned from the Pickering nuclear alert

Sunday morning, an emergency alert was sent out across Ontario about an incident at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. The alert was mistakenly sent during a routine test by the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre, which coordinates the government’s response to major emergencies.

The alert brought nuclear to the forefront, along with many misconceptions about Ontario’s largest provider of clean and reliable electricity. This is what we’ve learned.

The industry is prepared to respond in the event of an emergency

“OPG has a sophisticated and robust notification process in place that we would immediately follow in the unlikely event of an incident at the station,” Chief Nuclear Officer Sean Granville said.

Reporting to the Ministry of the Solicitor General, Emergency Management Ontario would manage the off-site response to nuclear emergencies. It would determine the appropriate level of public action based on the Provincial Nuclear Emergency Response Plan.

This 200-page plan, which was last revised in 2017, provides clear instructions to every municipality that has a nuclear station within its jurisdiction. Local police, fire and ambulance crews implement the emergency plans.

Each of the three nuclear stations in Ontario (Pickering, Darlington and Bruce) also has its own plan and world-class emergency preparedness group.

The nuclear industry has a rigorous regulatory regime

The nuclear industry has one of the most rigorous regulatory regimes in the world. All Canadian nuclear operators work with the Word Association of Nuclear Operations to achieve the highest possible standards of nuclear safety. They also work with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies. An IAEA report showed that Canada has established and maintains a robust and comprehensive nuclear security infrastructure.

As well, at any given time, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has dedicated inspectors onsite at each of Canada’s nuclear power plants. It performs thousands of inspections annually to ensure Canada’s nuclear generating stations are operating safely. In 2017, the CNSC awarded OPG’s Pickering and Darlington stations its highest safety rating.

Ontario’s nuclear generating stations provide clean and reliable electricity

In 2018, the Pickering, Bruce and Darlington nuclear stations generated 60 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. It was their power that allowed OPG to close its coal-fired power plants, significantly reducing the province’s greenhouse gas emissions.

On a lifecycle basis, electricity from nuclear power generates an average of 16 g of carbon dioxide equivalent per kilowatt hour. That’s more than hydro (4 g) and wind (12 g), but less than solar (22 g for concentrated solar power [CSP] or 46 g for photovoltaic [PV]). That compares to natural gas at 469 g/kWh and coal at 1,001 g/kWh.

In Canada alone, nuclear energy helps avoid 80 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. That’s about the same as taking 15 million passenger vehicles off the road.

Located east of Toronto, the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station is one of the largest nuclear stations in the world. It operates six CANDU reactors. The facility has been safely and reliably providing Ontario with electricity since 1971.