Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see the companies work together to ensure a continued long term stable supply of life-saving Cobalt-60.
Bruce Power and OPG currently work with Ottawa-based Nordion to supply 70 per cent of the world’s Cobalt-60, which is used to sterilize medical equipment such as hospital gowns, gloves, masks, implantable devices and syringes, as well as some food products. Cobalt-60 is currently harvested from Bruce B’s four reactors, as well as three units at Pickering.
“In order to maintain the health and safety of hospital patients, we need to make sure there will not be a shortage of Cobalt-60 once Pickering reaches its end-of-life in 2024,” said Jeff Lyash, OPG’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “By working together with Bruce Power, we will look for innovative ways to expand our Cobalt-60 production to the Darlington and Bruce A facilities.”
Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and CEO, said a joint working group will be established with a number of clear goals related to isotopes and the medical applications of nuclear technology.
“Bruce Power and OPG will continue to engage and advance these areas of cooperation,” Rencheck said. “The joint working group will work to align and progress these various initiatives, in order to secure the supply of Cobalt-60 and other related products from Ontario’s nuclear fleet.”
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Trust Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.
About Ontario Power Generation
OPG generates safe, clean, reliable, low cost power for the province. More than 99 per cent of this power has no greenhouse gas or smog emissions. OPG’s power is priced 40 per cent lower than other generators, which helps moderate customer bills.
For further information, please contact:
John Peevers – Bruce Power – 519-361-6583
Bruce Power Duty Media – 519-361-6161
Ontario Power Generation Media Relations – 416-592-4008 or 1-877-592-4008