Bruce Power Unit 1 record runMarch 15, 2019 1:15pm
Bruce Power’s Unit 1 has set a post-refurbishment of 193 consecutive days, and continued operations set a new record daily.
Unit 1’s run of uninterrupted production is the longest since it was returned to service in 2012.
Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Len Clewett said the record is proof that extending the life of Bruce Power’s nuclear fleet is good business.
He says it shows that refurbished units can perform at a high level. He says the power produced benefits families and businesses.
Units 1 and 2 were returned to service in 2012 after the Bruce A station was shut down by the former Ontario Hydro in the 1990s.
Units 3 and 4 were restarted in 2003 and ’04 and have performed at the highest levels since. Units 3 and 4 are part of Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program and will undergo their own Major Component Replacement Projects from 2023-28, adding about 30 years of life to the reactors.
Clewett said. “Its excellent performance, highlighted by this record run, shows the commitment to extending the life of our reactors by the Government of Ontario and our
owners makes good business sense, because refurbished units are proven to perform at a high level.”
“With strong planning and execution of future maintenance programs, we have no doubt Unit 1 – and our other refurbished units – will continue to be a good investment for Bruce Power
while benefitting the families and businesses of Ontario for decades,” he added.