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Unit 6 inspection and maintenance program complete

TIVERTON, ONJuly 3, 2015 – A planned maintenance and inspection program on Unit 6 that began in early April wrapped up earlier this week preparing the 822 megawatt unit to provide clean, reliable and affordable power to the province of Ontario.

The program represented an investment of approximately $100 million of private money into provincially owned assets and provided employment to approximately 700 temporary workers.

“By investing now, we are setting the table for continued safe, reliable performance and helping keep the air clean for Ontario families,” said Len Clewett, Bruce Power’s Chief Nuclear Officer. Bruce B was the top performing multi-unit CANDU plant in the world last year and was recognized internationally with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators (INPO) award of excellence in recognition of its world-class performance.

While Unit 6 was shut down, workers removed Cobalt-60 which will eventually be used to sterilize disposable medical supplies including sutures, syringes, surgical gowns and masks. Cobalt-60 is also used to sterilize pharmaceutical wares and cosmetics, and irradiate spices and other consumer products that include fruit, seafood, poultry and red meat.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates more than 640,000 major surgeries are performed each day around the world. Sterilized disposable medical devices are used in virtually all of these procedures. Cobalt-60 is supplied to over 200 gamma irradiators in 55 countries that sterilize surgical gloves, gowns, masks, syringes, sutures, catheters, pharmaceuticals, implants and tissue, as well as several products used in the food and consumer products industries.

“Bruce Power is committed to not only playing a role in providing a reliable source of affordable, clean electricity over the long-term, but providing the world’s largest source of Cobalt-60 from our Bruce B units” said Clewett.

For more about the role Bruce Power plays in providing Cobalt-60 to keep our hospitals safe please go to www.cleannuclearpowersafehospitals.com.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent 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.

 

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers                    519-361-6583            john.peevers@brucepower.com

 

 

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Hawthorne touts nuclear’s role in creating jobs and economic activity in Northumberland region

PORT HOPE, ON – June 18, 2015 – The economic ripple from Bruce Power and Ontario’s nuclear sector extends across the province including the Northumberland region, the company’s President and CEO Duncan Hawthorne told the Northumberland Central and Port Hope and District Chamber of Commerce earlier today.

“Bruce Power’s operations inject more than $4 billion into Ontario’s economy every year and a big portion of that investment reaches this area where Cameco does the important work of fuel conversion and assembly,” Hawthorne said. “Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan is counting on Bruce Power’s eight units to supply electricity for decades to come, and this means affordable electricity for families and businesses along with ongoing positive economic impacts.”

Cameco, a major employer in Port Hope and Cobourg, providing roughly 650 skilled jobs within the region, recently extended its agreement to provide fuel services to Bruce Power.

“We’re proud to be a long-term fuel supplier to Bruce Power, dating back to 2001 when the company assumed operational control of the Bruce site,” said Alice Wong, Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Officer of Cameco. “Ontario’s nuclear generators provide a solid economic foundation for our fuel services operations and we look forward to continuing our relationship for many years to come.”

The total economic benefits related to Bruce Power’s fuel cost is roughly $245 million annually, according to a joint economic impact analysis released last year by the Ontario Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario, Southwest Economic Alliance, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, The Society of Energy Professionals, the Power Workers’ Union and Bruce Power.

Lou Rinaldi, MPP Northumberland Quinte West, recognized the positive economic impact nuclear has on the Northumberland region and across Ontario.

“Nuclear is an economic powerhouse for the province and today we have a better appreciation for the impact Bruce Power has on the Northumberland region, by creating jobs and investment in the area,” Rinaldi said. “Output from Bruce Power is an affordable source of electricity and provides a foundation for renewal as the company prepares to extend the lives of its units as outlined in Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan.”

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent 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.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission renews Bruce Power’s operating licence for five years

TIVERTON, ONMay 28, 2015 – Following extensive public consultation and a thorough review of its safety performance, Canada’s nuclear regulator approved the renewal of Bruce Power’s Power Reactor Operating Licence for a period of five years.

“We are pleased with this result and were quite frankly humbled by the support offered by the many organizations and individuals who made presentations at the public hearings,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and CEO. “We believe we require two licences – our operating licence from the regulator and our social licence, which is granted by our community, and we have to earn both of those each and every day.”

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) held a public meeting on Feb. 5 in Ottawa and sessions from April 14-17 in Kincardine as part of Bruce Power’s reactor operating licence renewal application for the Bruce Nuclear Generating Stations A and B.

The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment; to implement Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.

Agendas, hearing transcripts and information on the hearing process are available at the CNSC website at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca. More information, including a relicensing briefing document, is available at www.brucepower.com/licence-renewal-2015.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent 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.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Bruce Power to award $50,000 to students through Post-secondary Scholarship Program

TIVERTON, ONMay 27, 2015 – For the fifth consecutive year, Bruce Power has launched a scholarship program aimed at students pursuing post-secondary education in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties.

Students attending post-secondary school this fall can apply for one of 100, $500 scholarships. Students who are enrolled in a skilled-trade, college or university for the 2015/16 academic year are invited to apply when it opens on June 1.

“Education opens so many doors for people and, as the region’s largest employer, we feel a responsibility to encourage and support our youth in pursuing post-secondary education,” said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO, Bruce Power.

The scholarship program, which builds on existing Bruce Power commencement awards for Grade 8 and high school graduates, as well as two new scholarships for Aboriginal students, exemplifies the company’s commitment to youth development and education. There are no limitations on areas of study and some special considerations are in place to ensure a broad reach and diverse group have the opportunity to reach their goals. The program’s aim is to reach as many students as possible with a one-time monetary pledge of support during their academic studies.

“We hope that by providing an opportunity of financial assistance to eligible students in our surrounding communities, it will help to cover some of the rising costs of tuition,” Hawthorne said.

In 2015, Bruce Power will invest $100,000 in scholarships and commencement awards for students throughout our region. To apply for one of Bruce Power’s $500 scholarships, visit www.brucepower.com/community/scholarships. The application period opens June 1 and closes July 3 at 3 p.m.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, ON, 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.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Bruce Power signs cooperation agreement with Saugeen Shores and Municipality of Kincardine

TIVERTON, ONMay 25, 2015 – Bruce Power has formalized its long standing working relationship with the communities of Saugeen Shores and Kincardine with a Memorandum of Understanding that sets out a framework for the organizations to build on their successful working relationship and identify new areas of collaboration.

“We value the strong relationships that have been formed and have accomplished a great deal over the past 14 years,” said James Scongack, Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “We believe by formalizing this relationship we can focus our efforts on even greater things in the years to come.”

Past collaborations have included investments in key community initiatives, regular communications, emergency preparedness, engagement on regulatory items and doctor recruitment. Approximately 80 per cent of Bruce Power’s 4,200 employees reside in the Town of Saugeen Shores and Municipality of Kincardine.

“Bruce Power is a model corporate citizen and a strong partner with the Municipality of Kincardine,” said Mayor Anne Eadie. “Kincardine is a vibrant community and we look forward to the things we can achieve with Bruce Power.”

Since 2010, Saugeen Shores and Kincardine, along with Bruce Power, have collaborated on a joint physician recruitment initiative to attract physicians to both communities. This initiative commenced with a $500,000 contribution by Bruce Power in 2010 to augment well established programs in place in both municipalities. Currently the program, which is supported by a full-time physician recruiter, is jointly funded on an annual basis and is focused on ensuring the community attracts physicians in the short, medium and long-term to both communities.

“The physician recruitment program is a great example of what we achieve together,” said Saugeen Shores Mayor Mike Smith. “There is power in numbers and we appreciate the opportunity to achieve even more in the future.”

Bruce Power has arrangements with both Saugeen Shores and Kincardine to meet funding requirements related to emergency preparedness activities and the requirements of the Provincial Nuclear Emergency Response Plan as per the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act including annual exercises, drills and training.

Recognizing the continued expected role of Bruce Power in Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan the company and Municipalities will work together to determine economic development initiatives and share information on long-term plans related to additional workers that will come to the area to support investment activities.

Some of the objectives of the collaboration include:

  • Continued open, transparent communications between the organizations on issues of common interest.
  • Advancement of mutually beneficial economic development and infrastructure opportunities.
  • Support health care initiatives within the community.
  • Support the requirements of all organizations with respect to emergency preparedness and planning. This will also include the determination of funding requirements on an annual basis.
  • Leverage existing communications tools to provide relevant information to the public on a wide range of issues.
  • Provide input into Bruce Power’s regional outreach activities and the company’s Community Investment and Sponsorship Program
  • Recognize the benefit to the community of making facilities such as Bruce Power’s new fire training centre available to municipal fire departments.
  • Promote an annual scholarship program available to youth in Grey, Bruce and Huron Counties
  • Continued participation by the organizations in the Bruce County Mutual Aid Plan and the common sharing of resources during emergency responses in the region.
  • Continued efforts to provide public education regarding nuclear emergency preparedness and a unified message delivered to the communities by the organizations through www.bepreparedgreybrucehuron.com
  • Provision of property and other infrastructure to support Bruce Power’s offsite air sampling obligations.

The Memorandum of Understanding is available to the public here and on the websites of both municipalities.

About Kincardine

Located on the shores of Lake Huron in Bruce County, was the Municipality of Kincardine was created in 1999 by the amalgamation of the Town of Kincardine, the Township of Kincardine, and the Township of Bruce. A community integrated by an urban and rural landscape, the Municipality encompasses a land area of 538 square kilometers, and a population in 2011 of 11,174.

About Saugeen Shores

The fastest growing community in Bruce County, Saugeen Shores was formed in 1999 as a municipal restructuring merging the former Towns of Southampton, Port Elgin, and Saugeen Township. In addition to the two main population centres, Saugeen Shores also includes a vibrant rural agricultural area incorporating the hamlets of Burgoyne and North Bruce. With a land area of 170 square kilometers Saugeen Shores had a 2011 population of 12,661, representing a percentage increase of 8 per cent from 2006.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent 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.

For further information, please contact:

Bruce Power

John Peevers                519-361-6583                 john.peevers@brucepower.com

Saugeen Shores

Larry Allison                  519-832-2008 x103         allisonl@saugeenshores.ca

Kincardine

Murray Clarke                519-396-3018                 cao@kincardine.net

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Bruce B Vacuum Building inspection and maintenance program complete

TIVERTON, ONMay 12, 2015 – The Bruce B Vacuum Building inspection and maintenance program, which occurs roughly every 10 years and saw all four units at Bruce B shut down, wrapped up safely earlier this week.

Unit 8 was the first Bruce B unit to return to the provincial grid Sunday evening followed by Unit 5 Sunday night with Unit 7 returning to service on Monday. A planned maintenance and inspection program on Unit 6 that began in early April continues and is scheduled to wrap up in the third quarter of 2015.

“This outstanding result can be attributed to an unwavering commitment to safety, a strong operational focus, hard work, effective teamwork and a high level of engagement,” said Brian O’Grady, Senior Vice President at Bruce B. “I want to thank our staff for all their hard work and dedication. This is something we can all be very proud of.”

An additional 300 temporary workers were on site during the $30 million investment program.

The 45-metre high vacuum building is a concrete structure with walls approximately a metre thick and is a unique safety feature of CANDU reactors designed to protect the public, employees and the environment by preventing the release of radioactivity in the unlikely event of a large loss of reactor coolant.

During normal operation, the air inside the vacuum building is maintained at one-tenth atmospheric pressure by vacuum pumps in the upper and lower chambers. The vacuum building is separated from the station containment structure by an array of 18 large pressure relief valves which are connected to massive tubes at the base of the Vacuum Building. In the event of a loss of coolant, any radioactive steam would be travel into the vacuum building and be doused with water and contained.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent 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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Bruce Power marks 14th anniversary with $25,000 donation to Kincardine Family Health Team

Dwight Irwin, left, Bruce Power's Lead for Community Investment and Sponsorship, presents a $25,000 cheque to Gerry Glover, CEO of the Kincardine Family Health Team, for the organization's 'Hearts in Motion' cardiac care program.

Dwight Irwin, left, Bruce Power’s Lead for Community Investment and Sponsorship, presents a $25,000 cheque to Gerry Glover, CEO of the Kincardine Family Health Team, for the organization’s ‘Hearts in Motion’ cardiac care program.

TIVERTON, ON – May 11, 2015 – In honour of the company’s 14th anniversary, Bruce Power has donated $25,000 to the Kincardine Family Health Team’s ‘Hearts in Motion’ cardiac rehabilitation program.

Hearts in Motion is a collaborative, interdisciplinary cardiac rehab program that provides medical evaluation, ongoing patient/family education, psychosocial support, behaviour modification and safe, effective exercise programming for the patient with cardiovascular disease, said Gerry Glover, CEO of the Kincardine Family Health Team.

“To receive Bruce Power’s support for this program has been monumental to its success,” Glover said. “It has allowed the Family Health Team to continue providing seamless delivery of care, from an inpatient to outpatient setting, while assisting our nearly 80 patients achieve healthy lifestyle habits following a cardiac event.”

Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and CEO, said programs like Hearts in Motion are integral to a health community, and the company is proud to play a role in maintaining and improving the health of local residents, along with the Family Health Team.

“Many Bruce Power employees, as well as community members, benefit from the health care programs like Hearts in Motion,” Hawthorne said. “By providing a financial boost to these initiatives, we are helping to improve people’s quality of life along the Lake Huron shoreline, and we’re very happy to partner with the Kincardine Family Health Team to do so.”

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent 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.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers                    519-361-6583            john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Bruce Power named one of Canada’s top employers for young people for fourth straight year

TIVERTON, ON – May 5, 2015 – For the fourth year in a row, Bruce Power has been included in a list of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.

“The best employers realize that their youngest employees value the opportunity to contribute to the organization and society,” said Kristina Leung, Senior Editor for Canada’s Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp Canada Inc., which manages the competition. “They are using technology to let their youngest employees do this more effectively than ever before – and to make their voices heard within the organizations.”

Now entering in its 14th year, Canada’s Top Employers for Young People is an editorial competition that recognizes the nation’s best employers when it comes to attracting and retaining younger workers. The competition reviews a wide variety of initiatives – from mentorship to training and advancement opportunities – that are important to young Canadians starting their careers. The competition recognizes the employers that do the most to develop young people in their organizations, helping them advance and build their careers.

Judges noted that Bruce Power invests over $100 million in training and development each year and is host to one of eight Canadian chapters of the North American Young Generation Nuclear organization, which helps young professionals network across the industry.

The full list of 2015 winners and the editors’ detailed ‘Reasons for Selection’ are available at http://www.canadastop100.com/young_people/.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent 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.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Bruce Power marks Mental Health Awareness Week with local donations

Dwight Irwin, right, Community Investment and Sponsorship Lead, presented a $5,000 cheque to the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce Men’s Program, which provides direct services to abusive men, who aren’t court-appointed to the organization. Receiving the cheque are Claude Anderson, CMHA Grey Bruce Executive Director, left, and Joachim Ostertag, Men’s Program lead.

Dwight Irwin, right, Community Investment and Sponsorship Lead, presented a $5,000 cheque to the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce Men’s Program, which provides direct services to abusive men, who aren’t court-appointed to the organization. Receiving the cheque are Claude Anderson, CMHA Grey Bruce Executive Director, left, and Joachim Ostertag, Men’s Program lead.

Dwight Irwin, right, Community Investment and Sponsorship Lead, presented a $1,500 cheque to the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce’s Ride Don’t Hide event, which runs June 21 in Owen Sound. Pictured are Claude Anderson, CMHA Grey Bruce Executive Director, left, and April Robinson, Special Events and Fundraising for the CMHA Grey Bruce.

Dwight Irwin, right, Community Investment and Sponsorship Lead, presented a $1,500 cheque to the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce’s Ride Don’t Hide event, which runs June 21 in Owen Sound. Pictured are Claude Anderson, CMHA Grey Bruce Executive Director, left, and April Robinson, Special Events and Fundraising for the CMHA Grey Bruce.

Bruce Power marked Mental Health Awareness Week with two donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHAGB) Grey Bruce.

Bruce Power donated $5,000 to the Men’s Program, which is a domestic violence prevention, early intervention and public education that focuses on helping non-court appointed abusive men.

The program:

• Helps men identify their abusive behaviours and attitudes, become accountable for their actions and learn respectful alternative behaviours.

• Helps men overcome negative attitudes towards their partner and women in general.

• Helps men develop empathy and healthy, respectful relationships based on partnership rather than power and control.

• Helps men overcome isolation and develop support systems in the community.

• Provides tools for anger management and constructive parenting.

• Provides understanding the connections between substance use, relationships and violence

• Provides referrals to other agencies (mental health, addiction etc.).

• Provides continues intake, counselling and ongoing support.

The Men’s Program operates out of CMHAGB’s office in downtown Owen Sound.

Bruce Power also donated $1,500 to the annual Ride Don’t Hide bike event, which raises money for CMHAGB and mental health awareness initiatives in the region.

About 200 cyclists are expected to take part in a 6 km, 25 km, 50 km or 88 km bike ride, while families can also do a loop within Kelso Beach. Learn more about Ride Don’t Hide at www.gb.cmha.ca or follow on Twitter @RideGB.

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Bruce Power and Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power enter into cooperation agreement

SEOUL, KOREAApril 28, 2015 – Bruce Power and Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) have entered into an agreement that will see the two companies explore new areas of collaboration with a particular focus on enhancing nuclear safety, operational performance and execution of large projects such as refurbishment.

“As nuclear operators, Bruce Power and KHNP are both committed to the value of ‘Safety First’ and achieve this high standard through active collaboration, transparency and continuous improvement,” said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO of Bruce Power. “This Memorandum of Understanding provides a framework in which Bruce Power and KHNP can build on our successful working relationship over the last 14 years.”

The agreement was signed in Seoul today as part of a nuclear Trade Mission to South Korea being led by the nuclear industry and Ontario government.

“KHNP and Bruce Power have experience with the refurbishment of CANDU nuclear reactors and a range of life extension and investment activities that will continue for many years to come as these CANDU units play an important role in meeting the electricity needs in both jurisdictions,” said Seung-Chul Lee, Vice President, Technology Policy and Strategy Department.

Bruce Power and KHNP have developed a range of lessons learned and strengths through their operation of CANDU reactors and are committed to building a long-term relationship to enhance the co-operation between the two organizations.

“This trade mission offered a tremendous opportunity to promote Ontario’s nuclear expertise and share knowledge with South Korea’s energy sector. By learning from each other and working together, we build partnerships which increase economic opportunities and continue to promote innovation in our jurisdictions,” said Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation.

The two organizations currently share best practices and information through a range of industry forums including the CANDU Owners Group and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). Bruce Power and KHNP will work to complete a Technical Assistance Agreement by the end of 2015 that will provide a long-term framework for sharing in key areas of CANDU operations and refurbishment activities.

“Ontario and South Korea share a number of energy priorities, among them nuclear power, grid modernization, conservation and renewable energy. New partnership opportunities help Ontario and Korea advance our broader objectives and find innovative solutions to provide clean, reliable, affordable electricity,” said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy

Some of the collaboration objectives include:

  • Sharing of lessons learned, information and future strategies related to the operations and successful refurbishment of CANDU units.
  • Facilitation of benchmarking trips, meetings and joint projects between the two operators on a range of elements to the operation and life extension of CANDU facilities.
  • Sharing of approaches and strategies to communicate openly with the public and share information on the safe, reliable operations from CANDU reactors.

About Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. Ltd (KHNP) is the largest power generation company and leads nuclear industry fleet in the Republic of Korea, operating and constructing nuclear power plants and hydro power plants. KHNP is a company duly organized and existing under the laws of the Republic of Korea and operates 23 nuclear power units and 5 are under construction. Out of the 23 operational units, four are CANDU-6 reactors at the Wolsong Nuclear Power Site. Nuclear power provides approximately 30% of total electricity generation in Republic of Korea.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent 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.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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