Douglas Point Reactor
The Douglas Point reactor is a shutdown prototype nuclear power reactor owned by AECL and located in Kincardine, Ontario. It operated from 1966 to 1984. AECL and Ontario Hydro collaborated to design Douglas Point as a steam condenser power reactor.
At the time, it was the largest steam condenser in Canada. As a prototype reactor, Douglas Point provided a valuable operating experience to Ontario Hydro and AECL in advancing reactor development. Prior to its shutdown in 1984, the reactor provided electricity to the grid and served as a source of steam for a heavy-water extraction plant.
The Douglas Point reactor is currently in a ‘safe shutdown state’. This means that the reactor is not operating, fuel has been removed and the facility is being left in place to allow for radioactive decay. Maintenance activities continue to ensure that the buildings and support facilities are kept in good working order.
Douglas Point is operated by CNL on behalf of AECL. Current activities undertaken by CNL are focused on decommissioning, where appropriate, non-nuclear facilities. Full decommissioning plans for the reactors have not yet been determined. Any decommissioning activities will have to be approved by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Canada’s independent nuclear regulator.