FREDERICTON, N.B. – The Point Lepreau Generating Station is once again operating at full power and putting about 660 megawatts on the provincial electricity grid.
The station went offline on the evening of April 5 following an issue with one of the turbine system pumps. The station was synchronized to the grid on April 9, and in the past 24 hours, power was gradually increased back to 100 per cent while completing the required testing to ensure all systems are operating as per design.
“We are pleased that our team of nuclear professionals was able to quickly identify and fix the equipment issues,” said Sean Granville, site vice-president and chief nuclear officer for NB Power. “These issues posed no risk to our staff, the public or the environment. We plan to operate the station at 100 per cent power until we take it off line in early May for our planned maintenance outage.”
About the Point Lepreau Generating Station
The 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 percent of the electricity used in New Brunswick coming from clean, renewable or non-emitting sources by 2020.