Bruce Power will invest $75 million over the next few weeks in a planned maintenance on Unit 7 at Bruce B. The 825 megawatt unit was safely shut down Monday night launching the investment, maintenance and inspection program.
Seven hundred temporary workers will work alongside Bruce Power employees to complete 16,500 tasks during the outage which will set the unit up for yet another successful operating cycle. Last year the Bruce B units operated at capability factor of 88%, meaning the units were on-line and producing power 88% of the time. At an average cost of 5.2 cents per kilowatt hour, the Bruce B price is among the lowest in the province and well below the average of 8 cents per kilowatt hour. The Bruce Power site also set an output record of 45.6 TWh in 2013 surpassing a previous high water mark set in 1991.
Bruce Power’s continued strategic investments are paying off with strong operational performance which benefits all Ontarians,
said Len Clewett, Chief Nuclear Officer and Executive Vice President.
“By investing now, we are setting the table for continued safe, reliable performance so the people of Ontario have continuous access to safe, clean, low-cost electricity when they need it.” Bruce Power provided 30% of the province’s energy last year and a revitalized, eight-unit Bruce site provides 70% of the energy needed to phase out coal in the province.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30% of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.
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