In addition, CANDU 6 reactors performed very well in 2003. The average annual capacity factor for 9 CANDU-6 reactors, for which data is available (out of 10 total), was 87.45%.
Point Lepreau (a C6) attained 85.39%, the highest since 1994 when it achieved 94.1%. This is despite Point Lepreau being limited, by aging-related safety margins, to about 95% of design full power.
From: Jerry Cuttler [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, February 16, 2004 2:54 PM
Subject: [cdn-nucl-l] Four CANDUs top performers in 2003
FOUR CANDUS AMONG THE WORLD'S TOP PERFORMING REACTORS IN 2003
Four CANDU reactors, two in Canada and two in South Korea were among the top
50 nuclear reactors around the world in 2003. Placing 29 and 30 were Bruce
Units 6 and 7 with capacity factors for the year of 97.58 per cent and 97.26
per cent, respectively. South Korean reactors Wolsong Units 4 and 3 were at
35th and 50th places, with capacity factors for the year of 96.11 per cent
and 95.24 per cent, respectively.
The top performing nuclear fleet last year was that of South Korea, with 18
nuclear reactors at an average capacity factor of 93.71 per cent. Second was
Finland, whose four nuclear reactors performed at 93.22 per cent capacity
factor, followed by Switzerland's five nuclear reactors at an average 92.46
Capacity factors for Canada's 14 operating reactors for 2003 was 77.9 per
Nucleonics Week 02/12/04
Editor's Note: Nuclear Canada will publish year end capacity factors for all
CANDU units worldwide next week.
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