Bruce Power generated 8.44 terawatt-hours of electricity while reaching an historic safety milestone on the Bruce A Restart which ranks No. 1 on ReNew Canada’s list of the 100 biggest infrastructure projects in the country.
In June, employees working on the Bruce A Restart Project surpassed 10 million hours without an acute lost-time injury, an impressive stretch of nearly 1,000 days. On the operations side of the house, Bruce Power employees have worked more than 7 million accident-free hours.
During the quarter, Bruce Power completed a full maintenance and inspection of Bruce B Unit 5 which returned to service in time for the peak summer demand period. Combined, the company’s six units recorded a capacity factor of 82 per cent in the second quarter of 2008, down slightly from 85 per cent in 2007. It also generated electricity revenues of $492 million for the quarter, up from $450 million from a year earlier.
To the end of the second quarter, approximately $2.2 billion had been invested in the restart of Units 1 and 2, which will provide another 1,500 megawatts of emissions-free power upon their return in 2009 and 2010, pushing Bruce Power’s total output to more than 6,200 megawatts. Following a detailed project review earlier this year, the total restart costs are expected to be in the range of $3.1 to $3.4 billion.
Work is currently underway to restore the structural, mechanical and electrical systems around the 16 new steam generators. Work to disassemble the reactors continues in both units, as does work to overhaul their turbine generators. Unit 2 is scheduled to return to service in 2009, followed by Unit 1 in 2010. Together, they will generate another 1,500 megawatts of electricity, or enough to supply twice the daily needs of a city the size of Hamilton, Ont.
Other second quarter highlights included:
- The launch of Saskatchewan 2020, an initiative to examine the potential of bringing nuclear energy to Saskatchewan as part of a wider look at clean energy technologies. The initiative is intended to give provincial leaders detailed information and options as they consider their electricity supply needs for the next generation.
- An important milestone in the Bruce New Build Environmental Assessment (EA) as Bruce Power released more than 18 months worth of technical studies for public review and comment.
- On May 23, the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) and Bruce Power signed a unique agreement to ensure SON has full and meaningful participation in the ongoing Environmental Assessment and regulatory process of the Bruce New Build Project.
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