(Aerial photo of the Bruce Power Plant)

Unit 8 Sets Site Long-Run Record

Bruce Power’s Unit 8 set a new long-run record Tuesday.

It was the 581st straight day of generating low-cost, carbon-free electricity. It also marks the longest consecutive run for any unit in the site’s history.

With continued safe operations, Unit 8 has the potential to become one of the top performing CANDU units in history, as it’s not scheduled for its next planned maintenance outage until September 1. That would potentially add nearly 250 days to its current long-run record.

During Unit 8’s planned maintenance outage, Bruce Power Operations staff will harvest life-saving Cobalt-60. This Cobalt-60 will help keep hospitals safe around the world by sterilizing medical instruments like masks, gloves and sutures.

“This is a remarkable achievement,” said Paul Clark, Bruce Power’s vice president of Bruce B. “It’s a testimony to the operational excellence of our entire staff that it has operated Unit 8 flawlessly since returning it to service on May 31, 2016, after its last planned maintenance outage.”

During Unit 8’s last planned outage, Bruce Power invested $146-million in inspection and maintenance activities, as well as asset management, which will allow the unit to operate safely to its Major Component Replacement Project, scheduled to begin in 2030.

The MCR will then allow the unit to operate through to 2064, Clark added.