News Archive 2003

Archive of news releases for the following:

2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007 / 2006 / 2005 / 2004 / 2003 / 2002 / 2001

Bruce Power raises nearly $21,000 for Children’s Aid Society

TIVERTON, ON – Dec. 16, 2003 – The Christmas spirit has once again infected Bruce Power and its employees, who have raised nearly $21,000 to help make the holidays brighter for children in the care of the Children’s Aid Society of The County of Bruce.

Employees donated $10,468.75 during a gate collection last week and the company has matched their generosity for a total of $20,937.50. A cheque in that amount will be presented by Carol Gurr, a Bruce Power employee, to Bernard Smith, Director of the Children’s Aid Society, at his office in Walkerton on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

“I’m very proud to represent the employees and give this cheque on Bruce Power’s behalf,” said Gurr, who is always first in line when volunteers are needed on the Bruce Power site. “The Children’s Aid Society is dear to my heart.”

The Children’s Aid Society has been helping children in need in Bruce County for 105 years, making it one of the oldest societies in the province. “Right from the beginning, the community has always been generous to the children in our care at Christmas time,” Smith said. “Bruce Power is continuing that generosity.”

Also in keeping with tradition, 11 families were once again adopted for Christmas by Bruce Power work groups  through either the Children’s Aid Society or Bruce County Social Services. While no names were given, employees were told the ages of their adopted family members so they could best fill their holiday wish lists. Bruce County Social Services families were adopted through the Dorrell Young Memorial Fund, named for a Bruce County Social Services employee who was tragically killed in a car accident two years ago. Dorrell, the wife of Bruce Power employee Al Young, was involved in helping less fortunate families at Christmas.

As well, Bruce Power employees have donated more than 2,000 toys for the Christmas Hampers in Kincardine, Port Elgin, Tiverton, Ripley and Paisley as well as the Women’s House of Bruce County. An additional $600 in cash, given by employees during the Bruce Power toy drive, was donated to the Women’s House.

About Bruce Power

One of Ontario’s largest independent power generators, Bruce Power is a partnership among Cameco Corporation (31.6%), TransCanada Corporation (31.6%), BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust, a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (31.6%), the Power Workers’ Union (4%) and The Society of Energy Professionals (1.2%). With the return to service of Bruce A Units 3 and 4, Bruce Power will generate enough clean electricity to supply approximately 20 per cent of Ontario’s power needs.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Cannon                           519-361-6559                 steve.cannon@brucepower.com

24-hour Duty Media Officer        519-361-6161

facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Duncan Hawthorne finalist for Platts Global Energy Award

TIVERTON, ON – Dec. 15, 2003 – Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer, was one of eight finalists for CEO of the Year at the 2003 Platts Global Energy Awards.

Hawthorne said he was honoured to have been nominated for the prestigious award, which was presented to    J. Wayne Leonard of Entergy Corp. Friday evening at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Though recognized in an individual category, Hawthorne said his nomination was a reflection of Bruce Power’s combined efforts to complete the Bruce A restart project and achieve operational excellence at Bruce B at a time when Ontario faces electricity supply issues.

“The past year has been full of exciting challenges that have allowed everyone here at Bruce Power to shine and make great strides toward becoming Canada’s most dynamic and innovative team,” said Hawthorne, who was named Leader of the Year by the Ontario Energy Association earlier this year.

In selecting its finalists for CEO of the Year, the judges of the Platts Global Energy Awards said they did not focus on the size of the company. Instead, they assessed the stature of the individual, the positive effect the person’s leadership had on the company and the impact the leader’s decisions had on the industry as a whole.

About Platts Global Energy Awards

Platts is the global leader in providing energy information and marketing services. For more than 75 years, the energy industry has looked to Platts as the most reliable source of independent industry news and price benchmarks.

About Bruce Power

One of Ontario’s largest independent power generators, Bruce Power is located in the Municipality of Kincardine about 250 kilometres north west of Toronto. Bruce Power employs more than 3,000 highly-skilled employees with experience in the safe and reliable operation of nuclear generating stations. With safety as its first priority, Bruce Power generates enough clean electricity to supply approximately 15 per cent of Ontario’s power needs.

Further information

Bruce Power

Steve Cannon                           519-361-6559                 steve.cannon@brucepower.com

24-hour Duty Media Officer        519-361-6161

facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Second Bruce A reactor cleared for start-up

TIVERTON, ON – Dec. 5, 2003 – Following the successful restart of Bruce A Unit 4 in October, Bruce Power has now been cleared to move Unit 3 out of its current shutdown state.

With approval from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), crews will soon begin a series of on-power tests on the unit’s safety and operating systems before reconnecting Bruce Power’s sixth operational unit to the Ontario electricity grid later this month.

“This is wonderful news,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The output from Unit 4 is already enough to power all of Ontario’s Christmas lights. Now that we’ve cleared our final regulatory hurdle on the restart of Unit 3, we’ll soon have another 750 MW of emissions-free electricity coming from Bruce A.”

A further announcement will be made when Unit 3 reconnects to the provincial power grid following a comprehensive test program similar to that completed on Unit 4.

The restart of a second Bruce A unit will cap a busy year for Bruce Power, which has enjoyed an improved safety record and exceptional performance from the Bruce B generating station. When Unit 4 returned to service on Oct. 7, it joined the four Bruce B units in providing Ontario with nearly 20 per cent more electricity than over the same period a year ago.

“That’s roughly the same as if we had built an entirely new 600 MW unit and ran it for every second of every day this year,” Hawthorne said of the increased production. “That’s a direct result of the pride, skill and hard work of everyone at Bruce Power. Once again, we’ve shown Canadians that our CANDU technology is among the best in the world.”

Unit 3, which was commissioned in 1978 by the former Ontario Hydro, was removed from service on April 9, 1998 by the previous operators of the Bruce Power site. Along with Unit 4, which was also removed from service in 1998, the two Bruce A units will be able to supply nearly 500,000 homes with clean electricity.

About Bruce Power

One of Ontario’s largest independent power generators, Bruce Power is a partnership among Cameco Corporation (31.6%), TransCanada Corporation (31.6%), BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust, a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (31.6%), the Power Workers’ Union (4%) and The Society of Energy Professionals (1.2%). With the return to service of Bruce A Units 3 and 4, Bruce Power will generate enough clean electricity to supply approximately 20 per cent of Ontario’s power needs.

Further information

Bruce Power

Steve Cannon                                   519-361-6559                 steve.cannon@brucepower.com

24-hour Duty Media Officer        519-361-6161

facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Bruce Power raises nearly $40,000 for Bruce Packers Employee Fire Fund

TIVERTON, ON – Nov. 24, 2003 – Bruce Power and its employees have raised nearly $40,000 for the 58 workers who lost their jobs when fire destroyed a Paisley meat packing plant earlier this month.

Bruce Power employees donated $19,263.85 during a gate collection for the Bruce Packers Employee Fire Fund last week and the company has matched their generosity for a total of $38,527.70. A cheque in that amount will be presented by gate collection organizers Lucille Miller and Rob Bonderud to representatives of the fire fund at the Paisley Chamber of Commerce office on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 3:45 p.m.

“As members of the community, we all felt deeply for those affected by the tragic fire at Bruce Packers,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Once again, I am extremely proud of the generous spirit of our employees and hope this donation will help some families through a difficult time.”

About Bruce Power

One of Ontario’s largest independent power generators, Bruce Power is a partnership among Cameco Corporation (31.6%), TransCanada Corporation (31.6%), BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust, a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (31.6%), the Power Workers’ Union (4%) and The Society of Energy Professionals (1.2%). With the return to service of Bruce A Units 3 and 4, Bruce Power will generate enough clean electricity to supply approximately 20 per cent of Ontario’s power needs.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Cannon                           519-361-6559                 steve.cannon@brucepower.com

24-hour Duty Media Officer        519-361-6161

facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Unit 8 outage extended

TIVERTON, ON – Nov. 3, 2003 – Bruce Power will extend its current maintenance outage on Unit 8 until later in the fourth quarter of 2003 after inspections identified some erosion on support plates in three of the unit’s eight steam generators.

A detailed investigation and analysis is ongoing regarding the condition of the support plates, which separate the boiler tubes as they run through the steam generators. No damage to the boiler tubes has been identified.

Due to the nature of the repairs, any modifications will require review and approval by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission before the unit returns to service.

“The very reason we have such a comprehensive inspection program on our units is to identify any potential issues like this before they develop further,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We have launched a program to address this issue and safely return Unit 8 to service as soon as possible.”

Inspections from previous outages show no evidence of a similar condition in the other steam generators at either the Bruce B or Bruce A generating stations. A steam generator is essentially a large boiler that produces steam to drive the unit’s turbine.

About Bruce Power

One of Ontario’s largest independent power generators, Bruce Power is a partnership among Cameco Corporation (31.6%), TransCanada Corporation (31.6%), BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust, a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (31.6%), the Power Workers’ Union (4%) and The Society of Energy Professionals (1.2%).

For further information, please contact:

Steve Cannon                           519-361-6559                 steve.cannon@brucepower.com

24-hour Duty Media Officer        519-361-6161

facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Bruce Power partners announce third quarter results

TIVERTON, ON – Oct. 28, 2003 – Ongoing reliability from the Bruce B generating station contributed to third quarter earnings announced today by members of the Bruce Power partnership.

For the three months ended Sept. 30, the four Bruce B units ran at 94 per cent capacity while generating a combined 6.5 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity for an Ontario market in need of generation. Were it not for a brief interruption caused by the Aug. 14 blackout that affected virtually every generator in Ontario and the northeastern United States, Bruce B would have approached its first quarter results of 100 per cent capacity.

Overall, the four Bruce B units generated 18.6 TWh during the first nine months of this year, an increase of 3 TWh from the same period in 2002.

“To put that in perspective, that’s roughly equivalent to us having operated an entirely new 600 MW unit throughout the first nine months of the year,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “During periods of high demand, it’s important that our units operate with such high reliability to support the needs of the province. Once again, we’re pleased that we’ve been able to meet the challenge.”

Bruce Power continued to build upon its strong safety performance during the quarter, surpassing three million hours without a Lost-Time Injury even as its project to restart two units at the Bruce A generating station increased the activity and workforce on site.

On Oct. 7, Bruce A Unit 4 reconnected to the provincial electricity grid for the first time in more than five years. Upon the successful testing of one of its shutdown systems at 50 per cent power as required by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the 750 MW unit will ramp up to full power. With Unit 4 operational, restart crews have turned their full attention to returning Unit 3 to service. Together, the two Bruce A units will be able to generate 1,500 MW of emissions-free electricity, enough to supply nearly 500,000 homes with electricity on an annual basis.

About Bruce Power

One of Ontario’s largest independent power generators, Bruce Power is a partnership among Cameco Corporation (31.6%), TransCanada Corporation (31.6%), BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust, a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (31.6%), the Power Workers’ Union (4%) and The Society of Energy Professionals (1.2%). With the return to service of Bruce A Units 3 and 4, Bruce Power will generate enough clean electricity to supply approximately 20 per cent of Ontario’s power needs.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Cannon                                                519-361-6559                 steve.cannon@brucepower.com

24-hour Duty Media Officer                    519-361-6161

facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Bruce Power President and CEO named Leader of the Year by the Ontario Energy Association

TIVERTON, ON – Sept. 25, 2003 – Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer, has been named Leader of the Year by the Ontario Energy Association (OEA). The prestigious award was announced Wednesday night at the OEA annual conference banquet in Markham.

Hawthorne was recognized for his skill at articulating a vision, overcoming adversity and providing dynamic and innovative leadership at a time when it was needed most.

“I am very honoured to receive this award both personally and on behalf of Bruce Power,” Hawthorne said. ”The performance of our staff makes it easy for me to represent the company as Chief Executive Officer. Over the next few years, the Ontario energy sector will face many new challenges and we at Bruce Power look forward to playing a role in shaping its future.”

OEA President Bernie Jones said the judging panel was unanimous in choosing Hawthorne as Leader of the Year, saying that Hawthorne “faced formidable challenges and has done an excellent job in meeting the challenges and moving forward with energy initiatives that will benefit the province in years to come.”

Other items highlighted in the nomination included:

  • The ambitious targets to improve the operational and safety record of the Bruce B generating station.
  • The fact that all four of Bruce Power’s operating units ran at 100 per cent capacity for the first four months of 2003.
  • Strong earnings for the Bruce Power partnership
  • Units 8 and 5 ranked among the top three performing CANDU units in the world in terms of gross capacity factor.
  • Bruce Power went much of 2002 without a single forced outage, once again achieving performance never before seen on the site.

About the Ontario Energy Association (OEA)

The Ontario Energy Association is the only trade association that brings together the natural gas and electricity industries in Ontario, including energy transmission and distribution utilities, power producers, retailers and marketers, appliance and equipment manufacturers, contractors and suppliers, and firms supplying a range of consulting services to the industry.  The Association’s mission is to proactively foster a business environment conducive to a prosperous and sustainable energy industry.

About Bruce Power

One of Ontario’s largest independent power generators, Bruce Power is a partnership among Cameco Corporation (31.6%), TransCanada Corporation (31.6%), BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust, a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (31.6%), the Power Workers’ Union (4%) and The Society of Energy Professionals (1.2%). With the return to service of Bruce A Units 3 and 4, Bruce Power will generate enough clean electricity to supply approximately 20 per cent of Ontario’s power needs.

Further information

Bruce Power

Steve Cannon                           519-361-6559                 steve.cannon@brucepower.com

Megan Biggs                            519-361-7541                 megan.biggs@brucepower.com

24-hour Duty Media Officer        519-361-6161

facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Bruce Power given approval to lift Unit 4 from guaranteed shutdown state

TIVERTON, ON –  Aug. 20, 2003 – The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has authorized Bruce Power to remove the guaranteed shutdown state from Unit 4 at the Bruce A generating station.

Having met the requirements of its safety regulator and its own rigorous inspection program, Bruce Power will now begin a series of on-power commissioning tests on the unit’s safety and operating systems. Upon completion of these tests, Unit 4 will once again provide clean electricity for the Ontario market more than five years after it was laid up by the site’s previous operators.

Bruce Power will make a further announcement and provide details regarding an on-site media conference once Unit 4 synchronizes to the provincial electricity grid.

“As the events of the past few days have demonstrated, there is a clear need in North America to invest in our electricity infrastructure the way we have in the restoration of our Bruce A units, “ said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Nuclear power remains Ontario’s prime source of reliable, base-load generation and the imminent return of Unit 4 will bring yet another 750 MW of electricity back online,” Hawthorne said. “I doubt few people outside our community will ever truly understand how massive and complex our restart project has been. Already, it has consumed more than five million hours of work, seen nearly 60 kilometres of brand new cable installed and 200,000 electrical connections made.”

Unit 4 first went into service on Jan. 18, 1979 and was removed from service on March 16, 1998. Unit 3, which has been refuelled and is expected to restart about one month after Unit 4, went into service on Feb. 4, 1978 and was removed from service on April 9, 1998.

Conference Call

Bruce Power invites members of the media to participate in a conference call with Duncan Hawthorne today at 11 a.m. EST. To join the call, please dial 1-888-334-7880 and give the operator confirmation code T439722B.

About Bruce Power

One of Ontario’s largest independent power generators, Bruce Power is located in the Municipality of Kincardine about 250 kilometres north west of Toronto. Bruce Power employs more than 3,000 highly-skilled employees with experience in the safe and reliable operation of nuclear generating stations. With safety as its first priority, Bruce Power generates enough clean electricity to supply approximately 15 per cent of Ontario’s power needs.

Further information

Bruce Power

Steve Cannon                                    519-361-6559                 steve.cannon@brucepower.com

24-hour Duty Media Officer        519-361-6161

facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Bruce Power acquires interest in General Hydrogen Corporation

Tiverton, ON – July 2, 2003 — Bruce Power today announced its acquisition of British Energy’s 3.4% interest in General Hydrogen Corporation (USA), GHC, for $4 million (US).  The acquisition follows British Energy’s decision to sell its North American assets. GHC provides energy delivery technologies, devices, systems and infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles.

“General Hydrogen is an innovative company with an exciting future; the hydrogen economy is energy’s new frontier,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and Chief Executive Officer. “This investment positions Bruce Power as a key player in the development of the new hydrogen economy and recognises the synergies between nuclear power generation and the promise of a cleaner environment.”

Duncan Hawthorne will sit on the Board of General Hydrogen as a Director.

“The path ahead to a hydrogen economy is a long and challenging journey that requires the co-operation of industry, academia and governments,” said Geoffrey Ballard, Chair of GHC.  “This shift involves the confluence of multiple economic sectors which includes the energy sector and GHC welcomes Bruce Power as it’s newest strategic partner.”

About Bruce Power

One of Ontario’s largest independent power generators, Bruce Power is located in the Municipality of Kincardine about 250 kilometres north west of Toronto. Bruce Power employs more than 3,000 highly-skilled employees with experience in the safe and reliable operation of nuclear generating stations. With safety as its first priority, Bruce Power generates enough clean electricity to supply approximately 15 per cent of Ontario’s power needs.

About General Hydrogen

General Hydrogen Corporation, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, was formed in 1999 by Geoffrey Ballard and Paul Howard, co-founders of Ballard Power Systems, and Michael Routtenberg, who is President and CEO. General Hydrogen’s business is to develop, integrate and deploy, together with its Strategic Partners, technology, systems and infrastructure for the production and delivery of hydrogen. These activities will facilitate the establishment of an energy delivery network for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and, in turn, the emergence of the hydrogen economy.

Further information

Megan Biggs                                   519-361-7541              megan.biggs@brucepower.com

24-hour Duty Media Officer   519-361-6161

facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Strong performance delivers more electricity to Ontario

TIVERTON, ON – June 26, 2003 – Unit 5 at the Bruce B Generating Station has emerged from a planned maintenance outage ahead of the original June 30 commitment made to the Independent Electricity Market Operator (IMO), capping a year in which no Bruce Power reactors were forced into unplanned shutdowns. The return to service of Unit 5 comes on the heels of a first quarter that saw all four Bruce B units run at 100 per cent capacity.

As well, Bruce B Unit 8 has achieved almost 500 days of continuous service, making it the second longest operational run for any reactor in the history of the Bruce site. Unit 8 will be taken offline later this year for routine maintenance to ensure it remains in top form for years to come.

“Taken individually, each of these events are worthy of celebration,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Taken together, they are proof that our employees have not only kept their operational focus during our Bruce A Restart project, they have significantly improved the performance of our Bruce B units.”

By improving upon an already aggressive outage target, Hawthorne said the earlier than planned return of Unit 5, combined with operational performance of the other Bruce B units, means Bruce Power will supply considerably more electricity to the Ontario grid this month compared to June of 2002.

“So far this year, Bruce B has produced approximately 25 per cent more electricity than it did over the same period last year,” Hawthorne said. “Our employees have contributed substantially to keeping the lights on in Ontario. Our focus remains on maintaining the operational excellence of the Bruce B units while we forge ahead with the final commissioning of the safety enhancements of the Bruce A units.”

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is reviewing the documentation submitted by Bruce Power associated with Unit 4 restart. Unit 4 will return to service following final stage commissioning and regulatory approval. Unit 3 return to service will occur about one month thereafter.

About Bruce Power

One of Ontario’s largest independent power generators, Bruce Power is located in the Municipality of Kincardine about 250 kilometres north west of Toronto. Bruce Power employs more than 3,000 highly-skilled employees with experience in the safe and reliable operation of nuclear generating stations. With safety as its first priority, Bruce Power generates enough clean electricity to supply approximately 15 per cent of Ontario’s power needs.

Further information

Megan Biggs                                 519-361-7541              megan.biggs@brucepower.com

24-hour Duty Media Officer   519-361-6161

facebooktwitterlinkedinmail