Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station Update
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 has been operating at high power for 25 consecutive days, following the completion of a planned maintenance outage.
The net capacity factor for June 2016 was 53 per cent. Capacity factor is the megawatt-hour output of a generating station compared to the maximum that could be produced.
PLNGS produced approximately 34 per cent of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations during the month.
Adjustments have been made to NB Power’s multi-year maintenance strategy at PLNGS with a concentrated focus on equipment reliability to ensure the most safe and predictable performance of the Station in the years ahead. Changes include the addition of a three-week maintenance outage in April 2017, and adjusting the duration of the 2018 maintenance. These changes have been filed with the Energy and Utilities Board (EUB).
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.
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