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The Pickering nuclear power station in Ontario, Canada. Photo courtesy OPG. Canada’s nuclear regulator CNSC said it has not received an application from Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to operate four out of six reactor units at the Pickering nuclear power station beyond their scheduled shutdown date of 31 December 2024.

The regulator was responding to press reports this week which quoted the office of Ontario’s energy minister as saying OPG plans to extend the facility’s life beyond 2024.

“[Ontario Power Generation’s] proposal does include operating four of the six units one year past 2024,” a representative for energy minister Greg Rickford said in an email, according to BNN Bloomberg.

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/canada-s-regulator-says-it-has-not-received-lifetime-extension-application-1-5-2020

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) is to take part in the decommissioning of a prototype boiling water reactor (BWR) in Lingen, Germany under a subcontract awarded by Atkins Energy Germany GmbH. The four-year contract includes the secondment of CNL staff as well as the provision of specialist equipment services.

Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/CNL-secures-overseas-decommissioning-contract

There was no intention to notify public, says Ontario’s solicitor-general The Pickering nuclear power station in Canada. An investigation has begun after an emergency alert saying there was an incident at the Pickering nuclear power station in Ontario was issued in error to the public on Sunday during a routine training exercise, the province’s government has said.

Sylvia Jones, Ontario’s solicitor-general, said in a statement there was no incident at the station that should have triggered public notification. Nor was there ever any danger to the public or environment.

She said: “Earlier today [Sunday 12 January], an emergency alert was issued by the Province of Ontario stating there was a situation at the Pickering nuclear generating station. The alert was issued in error to the public during a routine training exercise being conducted by the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC).”

The statement said emergency exercises are a critical component of ensuring preparedness for emergency management and response agencies. The PEOC conducts training exercises regularly and there was no intention to notify the public in this instance.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/ontario-begins-investigation-after-emergency-alert-sent-in-error-1-1-2020

NuScale Power has made its first submittals to Canada's nuclear regulator for a pre-licensing vendor design review (VDR) for its small modular reactor (SMR) design. The reactor is also undergoing a design certification review in the USA where the company plans to bring a plant into production and operation by 2026.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NuScale-makes-first-Canadian-SMR-review-submission

Canada and the USA have finalised an agreement to collaborate on improving the security of supply chains and ensure the future competitiveness of their critical minerals industries. The announcement follows a June 2019 commitment by the countries' leaders.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canada-and-USA-to-collaborate-on-critical-minerals

US-based NuScale Power on 7 January announced its first submittal to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for pre-licensing vendor design review (VDR) of its innovative small modular reactor (SMR) design.

Date: Friday, 10 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscale-submits-its-smr-for-canadian-vendor-design-review-7591537

Canada and the USA have finalised an agreement to collaborate on improving the security of supply chains and ensure the future competitiveness of their critical minerals industries. The announcement follows a June 2019 commitment by the countries' leaders.

Date: Friday, 10 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canada-and-USA-to-collaborate-on-critical-minerals

A single NuScale power station could house up to 12 individual power modules. PHoto courtesy NuScale. US-based NuScale Power has made its first submissions to Canada’s nuclear regulator for a pre-licensing vendor design review (VDR) for its small modular reactor design.

The pre-licensing VDR is an optional service to assess a nuclear power plant design based on a vendor's reactor technology.

Canadian nuclear utility Bruce Power is supporting NuScale's evaluation, planning and licensing activities under a November 2019 agreement to develop a business case to introduce NuScale SMR technology to Canada. Ontario Power Generation is also advising the company on the potential deployment of its technology in Canada and on the SMR licensing and the VDR process.

The NuScale SMR is a light-water reactor plant intended to supply energy for electrical generation, district heating, desalination, and process heat applications. It features a fully factory-fabricated NuScale power module capable of generating 60 MW of electricity using a safer, smaller, and scalable version of pressurised water reactor technology.

Date: Thursday, 09 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/company-makes-first-submissions-in-canada-for-smr-design-review-1-3-2020