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.
CNSC said in a statement: “Regarding recent media stories on extension of operations, any request to operate beyond December 31, 2024 requires Commission approval. The CNSC has not received an application.”
Pickering has eight Candu nuclear power reactors, but Units 2 and 3 are not operating and are maintained in safe storage.