Unit 6 was returned to service today after a planned maintenance outage that will allow the unit generate low-cost, clean and reliable energy for the people of Ontario.
The maintenance outage, which began Feb. 15, brought an end to an impressive 556 days of continuous operation for the unit, which finished 2012 as the world’s top-performing Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor.
About 500 contractors were brought in to work alongside Bruce B employees throughout the outage. Important maintenance was completed in the reactor vault and to electrical and safety systems, while Cobalt-60, used for the sterilization of equipment in Canada’s medical industry, was also safely harvested, said Pete Milojevic, Station Senior Vice President, Bruce B.
“I am proud of the employees at Bruce B for their dedication to completing the highly technical and innovative tasks required to bring this hard working unit back to service,” Milojevic said. “By properly investing in our equipment, we set the table for continued safe, reliable performance so the people of Ontario have continuous access to low-cost electricity at all times.”
Unit 6 supplies 825 megawatts to Ontario’s electricity grid, while Bruce B provides about 15 per cent of the province’s power annually. With a revitalized Bruce A, Bruce Power is responsible for 6,300 megawatts of clean, low-cost power – about 30 per cent of the province’s annual electricity usage.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 25 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 TransCanada, Cameco, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.
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