Nuclear power unit sends electricity to Ontario grid for first time in 17 years

Bruce Generating Station

Bruce Power’s Unit 2 sent electricity to Ontario’s grid for the first time in 17 years on Oct. 16, marking a major milestone in the Bruce Power revitalization program, the company said in a press release.

“This gets us one step closer to the finish line and for the first time in nearly two decades we’re in the midst of returning the site to its full operational capacity,” said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO.

With first synchronization now complete, final planned commissioning activities will be carried out on Unit 2 including safety system shutdown testing.

The return to service of Units 1 and 2 bring the Bruce Power site back to its eight-unit capacity, doubling the number of operational units from 10 years ago when Bruce Power began its multi-year revitalization program to make it the largest nuclear generating facility in the world. Prior to this investment, half of the units on the site were laid up.

Bruce Power’s 2,300-acre site on the shores of Lake Huron houses the Bruce A and B generating stations, which each hold four CANDU reactors.

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