Ontario Power Generation Enterprise Project Management Office
Ontario Power Generation's sole shareholder is the Provincial Government of Ontario. Being a rate regulated operator demands high levels of transparency to demonstrate that rate payers' funds are prudently invested. With a program of large capital investments planned, OPG established a Business Imperative of achieving Project Excellence, and launched their Enterprise Project Management Office in 2019. Its role would be to standardize and streamline project delivery from their Nuclear and Hydroelectric divisions including project estimation, establishing baselines, risk management, funding release methodology, and ultimately delivering large-scale clean energy projects safely, on time and on budget.
The EPMO itself evolved from many established project management practices from different business divisions, but its most pivotal enhancements came from OPG's experience on one of the world's largest nuclear infrastructure projects: the CAN$12.8 billion refurbishment of one of its nuclear facilities. With its first unit out of four delivered on schedule and on budget, and its second unit currently ahead of schedule, the Darlington Refurbishment project provided valuable best practice and lessons learned that the EPMO now brings to the rest of its CAN$20 billion portfolio of projects. This project was also recognized by the Electric Utility Cost Group (EUCG) with its Best Practice Award for the project management excellence which facilitated the completion of the Unit #2 refurbishment.