Bruce Power celebrates many successes in 2018

Preparations will continue through 2019 for Bruce Power’s upcoming Major Component Replacement Project.

The Unit 6 MCR will start in January 2020 after the Independent Electricity System Operator verified the company’s final cost estimate for the project.

One noteworthy achievement for 2018 was Bruce Power receiving a 10-year operating licence extension from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. About 140 organizations and individuals participated in the process.

Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program will create and sustain tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs, and inject an estimated $4 billion into Ontario’s economy every year.

And Unit 8 set a site record by operating for 623 consecutive days before it was removed from service this past fall for a planned maintenance outage.

“We have great people on the Bruce site and together we accomplished some great things in 2018,” said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s president and CEO. “Every employee, contractor, and supplier partner played a key role in helping us operate our units, and prepare for our first Major Component Replacement in 2020.”

Bruce Power’s Community Investment and Sponsorship Program provided about $2 million to groups, organizations and events that make a difference in the lives of millions. Some of the recipients included the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, Wounded Warriors Canada, environmental and Indigenous initiatives, and food banks and hamper programs in Bruce, Grey, and Huron counties.

The program also provides about $100,000 to assist local students with their primary, secondary and post-secondary education.