Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station Update
The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS) is currently operating at high power.
The net capacity factor for March 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 494,236 net megawatt-hours of non-emitting electricity; representing approximately 44 per cent of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations.
This was the fourth consecutive year that the non-emitting Station carried New Brunswick's baseload during the critical weeks of the winter home heating season, dependably operating at high power.
Planned Maintenance Outage
This evening, the unit will be taken offline to begin a planned maintenance outage currently projected to take four to five weeks to execute.
PLNGS outages are scheduled to coincide with seasonal increases in water flows in the hydro system and with lower seasonal electricity demand to help offset the temporary loss of the Station's contribution to provincial energy needs.
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 5,000 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.
Planned outages of this nature are key investments to ensure the long-term ability of PLNGS to dependably meet the energy needs of New Brunswickers.
Last summer, NB Power applied for a five-year Power Reactor Operating Licence (PROL) issued by an independent federal nuclear regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The public hearing process will continue with Part 2 on May 9-11, 2017, at the Delta Brunswick Hotel in Saint John.
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.