Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station Update
The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS) is currently operating at high power.
The net capacity factor for February 2017 was 100 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 445,094 net megawatt-hours of non-emitting electricity; representing approximately 50 per cent of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations.
Station staff are preparing for a planned maintenance outage scheduled to begin on April 7, 2017. The maintenance is currently projected to take four to five weeks to execute. The work to be completed this outage is diverse, with jobs on equipment and systems on both the nuclear and conventional parts of the Station. Staff will perform more than 5000 activities with help from approximately 600 contractors and tradespeople from New Brunswick and beyond. This additional support will result in increased traffic in the communities around the Station.
Update on Licence Renewal
Last summer, NB Power applied for a five-year PROL issued by an independent federal nuclear regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The public hearing process will continue on May 10-11 in Saint John. Click here for more information.
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.