For 487 consecutive days, Bruce Power’s Unit 7 has been providing the people of Ontario with 822 megawatts of carbon-free electricity at 30 per cent less than the average residential price of power.
Later today, the unit will be removed from service to begin a planned maintenance outage that will see millions invested into the unit as part of Bruce Power’s Asset Life Management Program, which will help the unit run safely and reliably through to its scheduled refurbishment.
“During the outage, thousands of tasks will be completed by Bruce Power staff as well as hundreds of contractors who have been hired from across the province for their expertise in outage activities,” said Pierre Pilon, Senior Vice President, Bruce B. “Our outage programs create thousands of jobs and inject hundreds of millions of dollars annually into our local and provincial economies through the procurement of materials, hiring of skilled labour and investing of private dollars into publicly owned assets.”
Cobalt-60 will also be harvested from the reactor, before being processed by Nordion, which sterilizes 40 per cent of the world’s single-use medical devices, including gloves, masks and stents. While Cobalt-60 helps keep the world’s hospitals safe for its most vulnerable citizens, it also plays a role in controlling the Zika Virus, through a mosquito sterilization program which is now underway in affected countries. Learn more about the life-saving role of Cobalt-60.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario, is home to eight CANDU reactors. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Trust 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
Bruce Power Duty Media – 519-361-6161
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