Bruce Power has commenced loading fuel bundles into Unit 1 at the Bruce A generating station following approval by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).

This achievement comes four months after fuel was safely and successfully loaded in Unit 2, and marks another milestone in the Restart project. Loading fuel in Unit 1 marks the final commissioning phase of the Bruce A Restart project.

“Following the successful completion of fuel load in Unit 2, just a few months ago, we are pleased to be now moving forward with fuel load in Unit 1,” said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO. “Fuel load in Unit 1 is another significant milestone as we move into the final stages of returning these units to service in 2012.”

Over the next few weeks, operators will manually install 5,760 fuel bundles into 480 fuel channels on the reactor face. Roughly the size of a fire log, each 22-kilogram bundle can produce enough energy to power 100 homes for a year.

Once restarted in 2012, Units 1 and 2 at Bruce A will produce 1,500 megawatts of affordable, safe and reliable nuclear power. The reactors have been undergoing a first-of-a-kind refurbishment and the project has represented the largest investment in CANDU technology in a generation by Bruce Power.

“This is the culmination of a lot of hard work and the quality of workmanship is a credit to the many people who worked on the program,” said Hawthorne.

With all eight units operating, the Bruce Power site has the capacity to produce 6,300 megawatts, roughly a quarter of the province’s electricity.

“We’ve come a long way and we’ve developed a robust approach to safely completing this work,” said John Soini, Vice President of Restart Projects and Construction. “While loading fuel is another major milestone met on the project, we remain focused on the task at hand which is completing the remaining work and returning these units to service.”

For stories and video clips on all aspects of the project, please check out our Bruce A Restart web pages at www.brucepower.com.

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