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Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station Update


Fredericton, N.B. – The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS) is back online after reconnecting to the grid today, and will be returning to high power in the next 24 hours. The Station was temporarily taken offline on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, to resolve an equipment issue on the turbine system.

The net capacity factor for September 2017 was 99.1 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 471,234 net megawatt-hours of non-emitting electricity, representing approximately 60 per cent of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations.

Mutual Aid Fire Drill

On October 10, the PLNGS Emergency Response Team will participate in a Mutual Aid Fire Drill with the Saint John Fire Department and Musquash Fire Rescue Department. As part of its emergency preparedness plan, the Station maintains mutual aid partnerships with a variety of New Brunswick emergency response agencies, including local fire departments.

The drill will test the procedures involved with bringing external first responders to site, and working together in a unified command structure to effectively manage an emergency event.

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.

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