Point Lepreau Generating Station reconnects to the New Brunswick grid
The Point Lepreau Generating Station is once again connected to the New Brunswick grid following completion of a planned maintenance outage that began on May 3, 2014. The Station is currently at 77% reactor power as it monitors equipment performance on the way to full power expected in the next 48 hours.
During this outage workers performed a wide variety of maintenance and inspection activities on both the nuclear and conventional sides of the plant.
"We are very happy to be operating again and delivering power to New Brunswickers," said Sean Granville, Site Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer. "This was our first large scale planned maintenance outage since resuming full operations at the Station in 2012. Outages such as this are necessary to continue reliable, safe operation and to properly preserve this valuable generating asset for the future."
During this outage, staff identified an opportunity to perform work on the Station transformers, which triggered an extension of the outage. The planned maintenance outage process also has a large number of testing and inspection requirements during Station start up activities, many of which must be performed in sequence. The sequential nature of the process can often lead to additional time being required to return to service. The next planned maintenance outage is scheduled for 2016.
About the Point Lepreau Generating Station
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 our domestic energy supply and our 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.
Point Lepreau 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.