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Nuclear

At the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station, we safely and reliably generate electricity for the wholesale market. Commissioned in 1983, the 660 MW unit, was the first CANDU-6 to begin commercial operation.

Nuclear safety is the primary focus of station activities. CANDU is an established Canadian technology with an excellent nuclear safety record, and Point Lepreau is a safe working environment. The station has exceeded one million person-hours without a lost-time accident – three times.

Station Profile
Reactor Type:
CANDU-6 PHW (Pressurized Heavy Water)
Gross Station Output: 705 000 kW
Reactor Building Containment: Low pressure containment, pre-stressed concrete vessel
Number of Fuel Channels: 380
Fuel Type: Natural Uranium (U02)
Fuel Capacity of the 380 Fuel Channels: 4,560 bundles, each with 37elements
Refuelling Method: On-power
Primary Coolant Pumps: 4
Boilers (Steam Generators): 4
Generator Voltage Output: 26,000 Volts
Turbine Type: 1 double-flow high pressure turbine and 3 double-flow low pressure turbines, all arranged on the same shaft
Turbine Speed: 1,800 RPM
Steam Temperature: 260 °C (500 °F)
Cooling Water Flow (Condenser): Seawater 25.8 m3/s (341,000 Igpm)
Reactor Regulating System: Direct digital control dual computer

 

Related Links:

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Nuclear Association

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency