Point Lepreau Generating Station Update
Operational highlights for November 2013
The Station is currently operating at 100 per cent reactor power following a successful maintenance outage to repair the unit's fourth steam valve.
With the execution of the planned maintenance outage, the net capacity factor for November was 77.6 per cent. Capacity factor is the megawatt output of a generating station compared to the maximum that could be produced.
In addition to days offline for the outage, regular maintenance on equipment limited the Station's thermal efficiency.
For the month of November, Point Lepreau produced approximately 43 per cent of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations.
During the outage, workers repaired the steam valve and completed other maintenance tasks. Valve testing was successfully completed, allowing the Station to return to full power operation. Prior to the outage, the Station was operating at 93 per cent reactor power as a result of running in a three-valve configuration.
"The successful outage enables Point Lepreau to operate reliably at full power and generate valuable megawatts used to heat New Brunswick homes and businesses," said Sean Granville, Site Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer. "We expect to continue operating at high power until our planned maintenance outage in the spring of 2014."
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) public meeting
PLGS representatives will participate in a public CNSC meeting that begins at 7:30 p.m. Atlantic time on December 9, 2013. Topics to be covered include status reports on power reactors, presentations by public stakeholders and event reports. The meeting will be webcast live on www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca.
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.