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Update on Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station Outage


Fredericton, N.B. – The work at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS) continues in order to identify and address the fault causing the unplanned outage that started in the early hours of December 14.

The plant was taken off line due to a partial loss of power to the Station. Station staff responded as per process and procedures and are safely executing response plans.

Yesterday, a leak was identified in a small instrument line that is part of the heat transport system. The leakage was contained and managed within the reactor building using approved processes and procedures.

Investigation and assessments are underway in order to determine the path forward. This ongoing work poses no risk to employees, the public or the environment.

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 is a major component of NB Power’s generating assets and contributes to NB Power sourcing approximately 80 per cent of the electricity used in New Brunswick from clean, renewable, or non-emitting sources.  In 2021/22, it represented approximately 46 per cent of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations, with a net capacity factor of approximately 88 per cent.

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