Point Lepreau Generating Station Update
Maintenance work is continuing at the Point Lepreau Generating Station related to a planned outage that began October 18th, 2013. The station is expected to return to service next week.
"We've successfully repaired and tested the fourth steam valve allowing us to return to full power operation," said VP Nuclear, Sean Granville. "But, we will continue in a Guaranteed Shutdown State for a bit longer than planned. This is to maintain and adjust systems that were identified requiring maintenance after the steam valve repair was completed. Our team plans to begin the start-up process this weekend, and synchronize to the electricity transmission grid next week."
Prior to the outage the station was operating at 93% due to limits imposed by station management as a result of running in a three -valve configuration. Now that the fourth valve has been repaired, including replacement of an additional component found during detailed inspection of the valve, the station is expected to operate safely at 100% power.
"We're glad to confirm to customers we'll be in a good position to operate throughout the cold home heating season just getting started in New Brunswick. We expect to be producing power right through to our next scheduled maintenance shutdown in spring 2014," said Mr. Granville.
About the Point Lepreau Generating Station
The Point Lepreau Generating Station was declared commercially operational in November 2012 after undergoing a major overhaul. The 660 megawatt nuclear generating station is a base load contributor to the New Brunswick electrical grid, producing enough electricity to power more than 333,000 homes per year for the next 25 to 30 years. The facility is a foundational piece of our domestic energy supply and our export sales, and provides rate stability and the financial flexibility to begin reducing debt. The refurbishment of the Station once again positions NB Power as a utility with a world-class nuclear facility and a highly skilled workforce.
Point Lepreau is a major component of the generating assets that will contribute to the provincial goal of having as much as 75 percent of the electricity used in New Brunswick coming from clean, renewable or non-emitting sources by 2020.