Bruce Power's Unit 6 passes one-year mark of continuous operation
Bruce Power’s Unit 6 has now been producing safe and carbon-free electricity to the people of Ontario for a full year.
On Monday, April 22, Unit 6 passed the one-year mark of continuous operations, reliably providing power to Ontarians when they needed it most, during the sweltering heat of last summer and the deep cold of this past winter.
“We’re very proud of the production from Unit 6, which has been a workhorse for the province’s electrical grid since its last planned maintenance outage,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO. “By investing millions of private dollars into this publically owned reactor, we are ensuring clean and cost-effective Bruce Power nuclear will be available during the peak demand periods we face in southern Ontario. Bruce Power also received 30 per cent less per kilowatt-hour than the average price paid for power in 2013, so we’re helping to keep electricity bills low in the province while generating zero carbon emissions.”
The last time Unit 6 was offline was for a two-month planned maintenance outage, an $85 million investment which was successfully completed on April 21, 2013. Prior to that planned outage, Unit 6 had enjoyed a 556-day continuous run, making it the top-performing pressurized heavy water reactor in the world.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, ON, is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.