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[cdn-nucl-l] Point Lepreau restarted after maintenance outage
P.O. Box 2000/C.P. 2000
515 King Street/515, rue King
Canada E3B 4X1
NB Power - Point Lepreau Generating Station Returns to Service
November 3, 2000
Fredericton - NB Power's Point Lepreau Generating Station has successfully
returned to service following the completion of a seventy-four day
Major work completed by staff during the outage included reactor building
testing, spacer relocation on ninety-nine fuel channels, monitoring work on
fuel channels, and maintenance on the generator and high-pressure turbine.
"Through good planning, dedication to schedule adherence and a willingness
staff and contractors to capture efficiencies, we have been able to
return to service," said Rod White, Vice President - Nuclear. "This has real
financial benefits for the Corporation."
The benefits from an early outage completion are significant to NB Power. An
outage day costs approximately $250,000 in labour, materials and services
the cost of replacement energy can be up to $600,000 a day. To encourage
completion of the outage on or before schedule, NB Power offered a financial
incentive program to station staff. The program had strict criteria for
quality, budget and performance factors.
Point Lepreau provides up to 30% of the NB Power's electricity output. The
station has improved its operating performance over the past three years -
operated consistently with no major unplanned outages and improved safety
measures resulted in a milestone of one million person hours with no
accidents. As well, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission recently approved
a two year operating license.
Media Contact: Marcella LeBlanc, Director - Public Affairs, NB Power at