It was a busy year on the Bruce Power site.

In 2011, many important programs, including Restart, made great advancements, while hundreds of millions of dollars was invested into the operating units through planned maintenance outages. These outages, which created hundreds of jobs regionally and resulted in an immeasurable infusion of cash into our local economies through visiting contractors, increase the reliability of our units and result in the safe, reliable operation of Units 3-8, which performed at their peak for the majority of the year.

Bruce Power, which hired over 340 new full-time employees in 2011, also donated $1.4 million to community initiatives, while employees and union partners also rallied to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the United Way of Bruce Grey, and relief efforts in Goderich, Japan and northern Ontario.

“I’m extremely proud of the accomplishments of every employee at Bruce Power this year,” said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO. “Our Restart project continues to be on track to return Units 1 and 2 to service, while Units 3 through 8 experienced strong, sustained operations in 2011, creating safe, affordable, clean, reliable energy for the people of Ontario.”

Top 11 Bruce Power accomplishments of 2011

  1. Generated about a quarter of Ontario’s electricity through safe, reliable operations and providing ratepayers with dependable, affordable electricity to their homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and farms.
  2. Units 1 and 2 return to operations program achieved major milestones with fuel loading completed on both Units 1 and 2.
  3. Announced $500 million of continued investment in the site’s operating units to ensure safe, reliable operations the province can count on.
  4. Continued investment in our people with 340 new full-time employees and the creation of hundreds of jobs through our ongoing outage investment program.
  5. Over $2 million donated from the company, employees and contractors to important community initiatives, including relief efforts in Goderich, Japan and northern Ontario, Easter Seals Ontario, United Way of Bruce Grey, Unity for Autism, Wounded Warriors and for fellow employees experiencing family emergencies, while also giving to our local food banks and Christmas Hamper programs.
  6. Enhancing our industry leading emergency response capability through the formation of the Emergency and Protective Services division, bringing 400 full-time security and emergency services staff under the same umbrella. The Nuclear Response Team also won its fourth consecutive international competition, while a group of firefighters ranked at a national competition.
  7. Named one of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in Canada and one of Canada’s 10 most outstanding employers for commitment to young people.
  8. Living our Number 1 value of ‘Safety First’ with strong performance across site and the Bruce A Restart project reaching 15 million hours worked without an acute lost-time injury.
  9. Bruce A and B achieved a capacity factor of approximately 90 per cent.
  10. Bruce A Units 3 and 4 had their strongest performance since returning to service with Unit 4 surpassing its previous record run of 267 days – its strongest performance in Bruce Power’s 10-year history.
  11. Bruce B also achieved strong performance marking Bruce Power’s 10 years of operation. Unit 7 reached its second longest run of 438 days and Unit 8 reached 532 days of continuous operations – both reached these milestones before planned maintenance activities.

About Bruce Power
Bruce Power is a partnership among Cameco Corporation, TransCanada Corporation, BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust, a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, the Power Workers’ Union and The Society of Energy Professionals.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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