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Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station Update

2015-11-10


Fredericton, N.B. – The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS) is operating at 100 per cent reactor power, putting approximately 660 megawatts on the New Brunswick grid.

The Station was taken temporarily offline on October 13, to facilitate repairs to a turbine auxiliary system on the conventional (non-nuclear) side of the plant. After the repairs were successfully completed, the station reconnected to the grid on October 18 and returned to high power operations.

The net capacity factor for October 2015 was 82 per cent. Capacity factor is the megawatt-hour output of a generating station compared to the maximum that could be produced. PLNGS produced approximately 52 per cent of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations during the month.

Exercise Intrepid 2015

NB Power and the Department of Public Safety will test nuclear emergency plans by way of a full scale, multi-jurisdiction exercise November 17 and 18, 2015 during Community Preparedness Week. Exercise Intrepid 2015 will demonstrate the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station and emergency response partners are well prepared and resourced to effectively respond to and manage any unlikely, low probability nuclear emergency. Nuclear emergency preparedness and response plans are tested on a regular basis, and through a full scale exercise every three years, to ensure timely and accurate response capabilities and to improve public awareness and preparedness.

About Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station

The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station is a 660 megawatt (net) nuclear generating station and a base load contributor to the New Brunswick electrical grid. It produces enough non-emitting electricity to power more than 333,000 homes per year and is a foundational piece of both our domestic energy supply and our export sales. Point Lepreau is a major component of the generating assets that will contribute to the provincial goal of having as much as 75 per cent of the electricity used in New Brunswick coming from clean, renewable or non-emitting sources by 2020.

MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Doucet, Communications, NB Power, paudoucet@nbpower.com.