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Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station Update


Fredericton, N.B. – The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS) is currently operating at high power.

The net capacity factor for June 2017 was 99.57 per cent. Capacity factor is the megawatt-hour output of a generating station compared to the maximum that could be produced.

Last month, PLNGS produced 473,163 net megawatt-hours of non-emitting electricity; representing approximately 72 per cent of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations.

Upcoming Outages

NB Power has filed an updated multi-year maintenance strategy for PLNGS with the Energy and Utilities Board (EUB). The changes include a reduction to the duration of the 2018 maintenance outage, and the addition of a maintenance outage in 2019.

The adjustments complement the focused efforts at the Station to improve reliability while operating, and support a concentrated focus on equipment reliability to ensure the most safe and predictable performance of the Station in the years ahead.


About the 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,