Point Lepreau Generating Station update

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Point Lepreau Generating Station has operated at 100 per cent reactor power during the month of October, putting about 660 megawatts on the New Brunswick grid.

The net capacity factor for the month was 99.59 per cent. Capacity factor is the megawatt-hour output of a generating station compared to the maximum that could be produced. The station’s monthly target for the fiscal year is 94 per cent.

In October the station produced about 54 per cent of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations.

“The station has operated continually for 126 days since July 2014, after resuming operations following a planned outage,” said Sean Granville, site vice-president and chief nuclear officer. “Our goal remains the same; to operate in a safe, predictable and productive manner. During the month of October we fulfilled that goal by operating at full power and generating valuable megawatts to supply New Brunswick homes and businesses.”

The Point Lepreau Generating Station was declared commercially operational in November 2012 after undergoing a major overhaul. The 660 megawatt (net) nuclear generating station is a base load contributor to the New Brunswick electrical grid, producing enough electricity to power more than 333,000 homes per year for the next 25 to 30 years. The facility is a foundational piece of the company’s domestic energy supply and export sales, and provides rate stability and the financial flexibility to begin reducing debt. The refurbishment of the station once again positions NB Power as a utility with a world-class nuclear facility and a highly-skilled workforce.

The station is a major component of the generating assets that will contribute to the provincial goal of having as much as 75 percent of the electricity used in New Brunswick coming from clean, renewable or non-emitting sources by 2020.

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