Point Lepreau Generating Station Update
Operational highlights for July 2014
Since returning from a planned maintenance outage, the Point Lepreau Generating Station (PLGS) has operated at 100 per cent reactor power, putting approximately 660 megawatts on the New Brunswick grid.
The net capacity factor for July 2014 was 90.6 per cent. Capacity factor is the megawatt-hour output of a generating station compared to the maximum that could be produced. PLGS's monthly target for the fiscal year is 94 per cent. For the month of July, PLGS produced approximately 51 per cent of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations.
As of today, August 11, 2014, the Station has been online for 40 consecutive days since successfully completing the maintenance outage. The outage was NB Power's largest project for the fiscal year and the first major planned outage since refurbishment.
"The maintenance outage improved PLGS's ability to operate reliably at full power and generate valuable megawatts to supply New Brunswick homes and businesses," said Sean Granville, Site Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer. "Outages are a necessary investment of time and resources that improve our ability to consistently operate at high power. Our next planned maintenance outage is in the spring of 2016"
Work performed included electrical preventive maintenance on the non-nuclear side of the plant and requirements for licensing such as fire protection upgrades, among other maintenance and improvement tasks. Completion of the outage and return to full power meant the station was well positioned to maintain reliable operations during Post-Tropical Storm Arthur.
"The Point Lepreau Generating Station was a key asset in supporting customer demand during Post-Tropical Storm Arthur and continues to play a vital role on the province's grid," said Mr. Granville. "Our team is focused on a continuous improvement process to ensure we are operating the Station in a safe, predictable and productive manner."
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 (net) 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.