Second Bruce A reactor cleared for start-up
TIVERTON, ON – Dec. 5, 2003 – Following the successful restart of Bruce A Unit 4 in October, Bruce Power has now been cleared to move Unit 3 out of its current shutdown state.
With approval from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), crews will soon begin a series of on-power tests on the unit’s safety and operating systems before reconnecting Bruce Power’s sixth operational unit to the Ontario electricity grid later this month.
“This is wonderful news,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The output from Unit 4 is already enough to power all of Ontario’s Christmas lights. Now that we’ve cleared our final regulatory hurdle on the restart of Unit 3, we’ll soon have another 750 MW of emissions-free electricity coming from Bruce A.”
A further announcement will be made when Unit 3 reconnects to the provincial power grid following a comprehensive test program similar to that completed on Unit 4.
The restart of a second Bruce A unit will cap a busy year for Bruce Power, which has enjoyed an improved safety record and exceptional performance from the Bruce B generating station. When Unit 4 returned to service on Oct. 7, it joined the four Bruce B units in providing Ontario with nearly 20 per cent more electricity than over the same period a year ago.
“That’s roughly the same as if we had built an entirely new 600 MW unit and ran it for every second of every day this year,” Hawthorne said of the increased production. “That’s a direct result of the pride, skill and hard work of everyone at Bruce Power. Once again, we’ve shown Canadians that our CANDU technology is among the best in the world.”
Unit 3, which was commissioned in 1978 by the former Ontario Hydro, was removed from service on April 9, 1998 by the previous operators of the Bruce Power site. Along with Unit 4, which was also removed from service in 1998, the two Bruce A units will be able to supply nearly 500,000 homes with clean electricity.
About Bruce Power
One of Ontario’s largest independent power generators, Bruce Power is a partnership among Cameco Corporation (31.6%), TransCanada Corporation (31.6%), BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust, a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (31.6%), the Power Workers’ Union (4%) and The Society of Energy Professionals (1.2%). With the return to service of Bruce A Units 3 and 4, Bruce Power will generate enough clean electricity to supply approximately 20 per cent of Ontario’s power needs.
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