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Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station Update


Fredericton, N.B. – The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS) was temporarily taken offline today due to a configuration issue on the system that provides water to the Station’s steam generators. The issue has been corrected, and the unit is in the process of being returned to service, and reconnecting to the grid in coming days. 

Prior to today the Station had been operating at high power for 116 consecutive days putting approximately 660 megawatts on the New Brunswick grid.

The net capacity factor for September 2016 was 100 per cent. Capacity factor is the megawatt-hour output of a generating station compared to the maximum that could be produced. PLNGS produced approximately 56 per cent of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations during the month.

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,