Unit 6 Shutdown (Breaker Open)

In January 2020, Unit 6 will begin its power rundown. Station staff will disconnect the unit from the grid and begin the cooldown process while remaining pressurized. The main heat transport pumps are still running to facilitate the next phase … Read more

Phase 7 – Return to service

The Return to Service process ensures that all systems, structures, and components meet the design, performance, and licensing requirements to return the unit to full power following the Unit 6 outage. The process includes system window closeout, system readiness for … Read more

Phase 6 – Fuel load

Fuel load marks the beginning of the end for the Unit 6 project. The main work is complete and the CNSC has signed off allowing Bruce Power to begin loading the fuel. This is the point that MCR starts to … Read more

Photo of the Unit 2 reactor.

Phase 5 – Vault work

This phase of work is the heart of the project. It includes the removal and replacement of the pressure tubes, calandria tubes, as well as the lower and upper feeders. This work is primarily completed by Shoreline Power Group. 460 … Read more

Photo of a steam generator.

Phase 4 – Steam generator replacement

An 1,800-tonne capacity crane is used to remove the old steam generators and lower the new ones into place through ports in the roof of the reactor building.  Each steam generator weighs approximately 145 tonnes

Photo of bulkheads being installed.

Phase 2 – Bulkhead and shielding install

Protective shielding and 16 bulkheads are installed to isolate Unit 6 from the operating units. By installing the shielding, workers can remain in the vault when the Fueling Machine Trolley performs spent fuel runs, which generally occurs one time every … Read more

Photo of the Reactor face during defueling.

Phase 1 – Defuel

Defueling will take place in two phases. Workers begin with the “flow defuel” method for the first stage and then transition into using BRIMS, or the Bruce Reactor Inspection Maintenance System. This system enables shutdown of the heat transport pumps … Read more