Bruce Power loaded the final fuel bundle into Unit 1 at the Bruce A generating station today, completing the work safely and in a week less than it took in Unit 2, in July.
“I continue to take great pride in the diligence and craftsmanship of our people and congratulate them on completing this work in such a safe and professional manner,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Operators manually installed 5,760 fuel bundles into 480 fuel channels on the reactor face. A fuel bundle is an assembly of pencil-like tubes, two-feet long containing uranium dioxide pellets. Roughly the size of a fire log, each 22-kilogram bundle can produce enough energy to power 100 homes for a year.
Fuelling the reactor officially moves it from a construction project and into the hands of Operations, said Mike Burke, Station Vice President, Bruce A.
“By completing fuel load in seven fewer days than it took in Unit 2, it reinforces the fact we have learned lessons during this first-of-a-kind Restart project, and we will continue to implement changes that will benefit us moving forward as we become the world’s largest nuclear site,” Mike said.
Subject to regulatory approval, Bruce Power expects to achieve first synchronization of Unit 2 to the electrical grid early in first quarter 2012 and commence commercial operation in late first quarter 2012. Bruce Power expects the first synchronization of Unit 1 to the electrical grid in second quarter 2012 and commercial operations to occur during third quarter 2012.
To watch a video about the fuel loading process, visit our YouTube site at www.youtube.com/brucepower4you, and visit our Community Blog at www.brucepower.com/community.
The Government of Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan, released last year, calls for the refurbishment of its nuclear fleet including units at the Bruce Power site. With all eight units operating, the Bruce Power site has the capacity to produce 6,300 megawatts or roughly a quarter of the province’s electricity.
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