Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station Update - July 2019
Fredericton, N.B. – During the first quarter of the 2019/20 fiscal year, the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS) produced 810,400 net megawatt-hours of non-emitting electricity. PLNGS production represented approximately 36% of the total net generation from all NB Power generating stations in this period, with a net capacity factor of 56%. Capacity factor is the megawatt-hour output of a generating station compared to the maximum that could be produced.
Within the quarter, the Station was taken offline for six weeks during which it successfully conducted a planned maintenance outage.
The unit was also taken offline earlier today in order to repair a small section of tubing on the primary heat transport system. This repair, which can only be done when the plant is offline, is expected to be completed within a few days. The Station will then return to high power.
About the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station
The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station is a 660 megawatt (net) nuclear generating station and a base load contributor to the New Brunswick electrical grid. It produces enough non-emitting electricity to power more than 333,000 homes per year and is a foundational piece of both our domestic energy supply and our export sales. Point Lepreau is a major component of the generating assets that will contribute to the provincial goal of having as much as 75% of the electricity used in New Brunswick coming from clean, renewable or non-emitting sources by 2020.