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Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station Update

2017-05-07


Fredericton, N.B. – The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS) has reconnected to the New Brunswick grid following the successful completion of a planned maintenance outage.

The Station was taken offline April 7 to perform scheduled maintenance. During the outage, approximately 5,000 planned technical maintenance activities on equipment and systems on both the nuclear and conventional parts of the Station were completed to improve equipment reliability.

PLNGS outages are scheduled to coincide with seasonal increases in water flows in the hydro system and with lower seasonal electricity demand to help offset the temporary loss of the Station’s contribution to provincial energy needs.

Planned outages of this nature are key investments to ensure the long-term ability of PLNGS to dependably meet the energy needs of New Brunswickers.

Operational Results

Due to the unit coming offline April 7 to start the maintenance outage, the net capacity factor for April 2017 was 22 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 104,457 net megawatt-hours of non-emitting electricity.

Licence Renewal

Last summer, NB Power applied for a five-year Power Reactor Operating Licence (PROL) issued by an independent federal nuclear regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The public hearing process will continue with Part 2 on May 9-11, 2017, at the Delta Brunswick Hotel in Saint John. Details, including a hearing agenda, are available on the CNSC website.

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, paudoucet@nbpower.com.