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Point Lepreau Generating Station raising reactor power

2013-05-17


FREDERICTON - On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the Point Lepreau Generating Station increased reactor power to 60 per cent and began sending nearly two hundred additional megawatts of clean, low-cost energy to the provincial electricity grid. Reactor power will continue to increase over the next few weeks until the station returns to full power.

"Safely returning the station to full power continues to be our number one priority," said Sean Granville, Site Vice President Nuclear and Chief Nuclear Officer. "We continue to make excellent progress on our refueling activities. We are confident that our step-by-step approach to returning to full power is still the right course of action to ensure the long term health of this very valuable asset."

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission staff continue to monitor Station operations. The safe, reliable operation of the Station is NB Power's top priority.

Point Lepreau Generating Station is the foundation of our provincial energy grid and, on an average day, is the source of electricity for more than one-third of New Brunswick's in-province energy requirements.

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MEDIA CONTACT:Kathleen Duguay, Public Affairs Manager, (506) 647-8057 or kduguay@nbpower.com.