Bruce Power loaded the final fuel bundle into Unit 2 at the Bruce A generating station last night completing the work in two weeks and bringing the reactor one step closer to restarting.
“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.
Pending further regulatory approvals, Unit 2 is expected to synchronize with the province’s electrical grid by the end of the year, followed by Unit 1 early next year. Once restarted, Units 1 and 2 at Bruce A will produce 1,500 megawatts of cost-effective, 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.
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.
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.
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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