Point Lepreau Generating Station

The Point Lepreau Generating Station operated at 100 per cent reactor power during November, putting about 660 megawatts on the New Brunswick grid.

The net capacity factor for the month was 100 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 November the station produced about 48.8 per cent of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations.

The station has been online for 160 consecutive days since successfully completing a maintenance outage earlier this summer.

"The team at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station takes seriously its continuing commitment to operate in a safe, predictable and productive manner,” said Sean Granville, site vice-president and chief nuclear officer. “We recently celebrated the significant safety accomplishment of reaching one year, and almost 2 million person hours, without a Lost Time Accident. We are very proud of the dedication and commitment to safety demonstrated by all employees. This is a significant achievement given the technical nature of our work here at the 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 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.

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.

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