Point Lepreau nuclear power plant increases generating capacity in June

Caption: Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station


The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station operated at 80 percent power toward the end of June.

The plant put approximately 550-MW of electricity on the New Brunswick grid for the last 24 days of June. The plant reconnected to the grid on June 5 after it went offline May 28 to begin testing and analysis of the turbine system on the non-nuclear side of the plant.

The net capacity factor for June 2015 was 58.8 percent. Capacity factor is the megawatt-hour output of a generating station compared to the maximum that could be produced. In June, Point Lepreau generated approximately 51.6 percent of the total net generation from all of NB Power’s generating stations.

Point Lepreau underwent a major overhaul and was declared commercially operational in November 2012.

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