Bruce Power: Unit 8 returns to service after maintenance outage

TIVERTON, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – June 21, 2013) – An impressive, $250 million investment in planned maintenance outages at Bruce B in 2013 concluded with the return to service of Unit 8 today.

Three back-to-back-to-back outages in the first half of the year – in Units 5, 6 and 8 – will allow Bruce B to provide about 15 per cent of Ontario’s electricity during the summer months, when demand in the province is high. With all four units at Bruce A revitalized and Bruce B’s units operating efficiently, Bruce Power provides 6,300 megawatts of clean, safe and low-cost power from its eight-unit site, the world’s largest operating facility. That’s about 30 per cent of Ontario’s power.

“When we began our aggressive 2013 outage program on Jan. 4, it brought an end to a record, 129-day run of continuous operation for all four units at Bruce B,” said Len Clewett, Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer. “By investing heavily in maintenance outages, we ensure our units are able to perform at their peak levels when the need for power is greatest. As we enter the hot summer months, Bruce Power is poised to help fulfil the energy demand in the province.”

The planned maintenance outages were completed on time and budget, Clewett added.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest nuclear site 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 4,000 employees are also owners in the business.