Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station Update
Fredericton, N.B. – Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station has reconnected to the provincial grid and over the next two days will finish powering up and once again be producing 660 MW of emission-free power. The Station was taken offline April 1 to perform regularly scheduled maintenance. The project coincided with seasonal increases in Saint John River water flows producing additional energy in the hydro system and with lower seasonal electricity demand which helped offset the loss of Point Lepreau’s contribution to provincial energy needs.
“Investing in ongoing maintenance at the Point Lepreau station is essential to ensuring its continued safe operation and to maximizing the value and lifespan of this vital energy asset for New Brunswickers,” said Gaëtan Thomas, President and CEO. “This outage was a massive and complex undertaking for our staff and contractors and I’m very proud that it was completed with excellent employee and contractor safety, and environmental protection.”
Significant improvements on the conventional side of the plant were completed including the replacement of two low pressure turbine rotors, and the installation of new switchyard equipment that will result in nearly $3 million per year in cost savings and enhanced grid reliability. On the nuclear side, workers conducted a variety of repairs, modifications and inspections on multiple systems including the primary heat transport system.
Maintenance work like this is a normal part of the complex workings of a nuclear station’s life cycle. More than 600 contractors and tradespeople from across the province supported NB Power staff over the 72 day outage; three weeks beyond the expected duration. They undertook approximately 15,000 planned technical maintenance activities on both the conventional and nuclear components of the Station during the outage.
There are no net capacity factor results to report for the months of April and May as the Station was offline.
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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