A group of international nuclear experts, led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), arrived at Bruce Power today for an Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) Mission, which runs until Dec. 17.
Bruce Power was put forward for this review in 2014 by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), Canada’s independent nuclear regulator and an active participant in the international nuclear community.
“We are honoured to have been chosen to participate in this prestigious international review where we will outline the progress we’ve made since 2001 while continuing to do what nuclear operators do best – focus on sharing best practices and continuously improving,” said James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Vice President, Corporate Affairs.
The OSART Program has been in place since 1982, providing member states the opportunity to share best practices and also to support continuous improvements to their operations. Best practices identified through these reviews are shared through the IAEA to other nuclear operators. The review will focus on Bruce B, which is recognized internationally for its strong safety and operational performance and was awarded the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators (INPO) award of excellence in recognition of its world-class performance in November 2014.
“Bruce B continues to demonstrate strong safety and operational performance while meeting the electricity needs of Ontario,” said Pierre Pilon, Senior Vice President, Bruce B. “This is an opportunity for us to identify areas for continuous improvement given our relentless focus on achieving excellence, while also showcasing many of our strengths to share with others.”
Bruce Power’s facilities are licensed by the CNSC, which has inspectors on site and publishes an annual report on the safety performance of all nuclear power plants in Canada. Bruce Power’s positive report card from 2013 can be found here.
In addition, Bruce Power is also an active member of the World Association of Nuclear Operators, which also conducts reviews of facilities with extensive information sharing.
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, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure 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.
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