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Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station Update

2016-02-03


Fredericton, N.B. –  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 has been operating for 109 consecutive days at high power. The net capacity factor for January 2016 was 99.9 per cent. Capacity factor is the megawatt-hour output of a generating station compared to the maximum that could be produced. PLNGS produced approximately 43 per cent of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations during the month.

Upcoming Scheduled Maintenance

While focusing on continued reliable operation during the New Brunswick home heating season, workers at PLNGS are preparing for scheduled maintenance that will begin on April 1, 2016.  

Routine planned maintenance is part of every generating station's life cycle. This work will coincide with the anticipated increase in hydro electricity from the spring melt on the Saint John River to ensure the least financial impact to the utility and to meet the electricity requirements of NB Power customers. 

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, paudoucet@nbpower.com