Bruce Power continues costly turbine overhaul at nuclear plant

Bruce Power said Sept. 10 that it is once again investing in the future of the Bruce nuclear site in Ontario, Canada, to ensure the province has a long-term supply of stable, affordable electricity through an additional C$430m investment in Bruce A.

Recently, six low-pressure turbine generator rotors were delivered via barges to Bruce A, and will be installed in future planned outages in Units 2 and 3. The rotors, which combined to weigh 816,000 lbs, were safely moved from the barges by a 600-ton crane and transported into the Bruce A station.

The new turbines will add 40 years of life to the generators in Units 2 and 3. This same type of project was successfully completed at Units 1 and 4 recently.

“By investing another $430 million into Bruce A, we are renewing our commitment to be the most trusted provider of carbon-free electricity in the province,” said Jeff Phelps, Vice President, Project Management and Construction. “Bruce Power nuclear is the most reliable form of clean electricity in the province, and by continuously improving the performance of equipment such as our generators, Bruce A’s units will continue to perform admirably and allow the government of Ontario to reach its goal of closing the province’s coal plants.”

Bruce Power operates one of the world’s largest nuclear sites and is the source of roughly 25% 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 TransCanada, Cameco, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals.

Since 2001, when it took over the Bruce site, Bruce Power has revitalized the site with the return to service after a long shutdown of Units 1 and 2 in 2012. With all eight units operational, the Bruce Power site produces about 6,300 MW.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.