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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 May 2017 was 77.7 per cent, due the plant reconnecting to the grid on May 7 following a planned maintenance outage. Capacity factor is the megawatt-hour output of a generating station compared to the maximum that could be produced.

Last month, PLNGS produced 381,727 net megawatt-hours of non-emitting electricity; representing approximately 40 per cent of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations.

Licence Renewal

Last month, NB Power participated in a three-day Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) public hearing for the renewal of the Power Reactor Operating Licence (PROL) for PLNGS. The hearing occurred in Saint John with participation from registered public intervenors. The Commission will announce its licence renewal decision prior to June 30, 2017, when the current PROL expires.

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,