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,
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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