Unit 1 at Bruce Power’s Bruce A generating station set a new post-refurbishment record run today as it reached 151 days of consecutive operation.
“With this long-run record, we continue to demonstrate to the people of Ontario that refurbishment of nuclear units is an excellent investment in low-cost, clean energy that will produce reliably for decades,” said Paul Boucher, Senior Vice President, for Bruce A. “I want to thank and commend the people of Bruce A for their commitment to outstanding performance supporting the high reliability of our units.”
Units 1 and 2 returned to service in 2012 after an extensive refurbishment project as part of the renewal of Bruce A that began with the return of Units 3 and 4 in 2003. The units have performed admirably since their refurbishment and Bruce Power set a site record for production in 2015, generating 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity at 30 per cent less than the average residential price of power.
The 47.6 terrawatt-hours (TWh) produced in 2015 eclipsed the 45.58 TWh from 2014, which was the highest the site had achieved since 1991. Production was split fairly evenly between our Bruce A and B facilities, which produced 22.8 TWh and 24.9 TWh respectively.
In December, 2015, Bruce Power and the Independent Electricity System Operators (IESO) announced an amended, long-term agreement to secure 6,300 megawatts of electricity from the Bruce Power site, through a multi-year investment program. Bruce Power will begin main component replacement on Units 3-8 in 2020, starting in Unit 6. This will generate between 1,500 and 2,500 jobs on site annually – and 18,000 across Ontario directly and indirectly – while injecting up to $4 billion annually into Ontario’s economy.