Bruce Power Unit 2 starts planned maintenance outage

Bruce Power removed Unit 2 from service on Thursday March 31 to begin a planned maintenance outage on the unit.

“The Unit 2 outage is the beginning of an extensive investment program at Bruce A in 2016, as we will begin a concurrent planned outage in Unit 3 on May 1, before undertaking a Station Containment Outage (SCO) on May 6,” said Bruce Power’s Chief Nuclear Officer Len Clewett.

The SCO, which fulfills the mandate of our independent regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, will ensure Bruce A’s layers of safety systems are working to the highest standards. All four Bruce A units will be removed from service during the SCO.

“Bruce Power’s asset management plan will see us invest billions of private dollars into these publicly owned reactors over the next decade,” Clewett said. “Although it will be challenging, we have had success completing these tasks in the past and continue to improve our performance with each planned maintenance outage.”

Unit 8 is currently undergoing its own planned maintenance outage, which began in mid-January. It is expected to return to service in the second quarter of 2016.

Altogether there is more than 6,000 MW of generation capacity at the Bruce A and Bruce B nuclear plants located in Tiverton, Ontario. Bruce Power is Canada’s first private nuclear generator, providing 30% of Ontario’s power.

Bruce Power is a partnership among TransCanada, Borealis Infrastructure (a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), The Power Workers’ Union and The Society of Energy Professionals.

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