The Canadian Press - Broadcast News
Thu Sep 3 2009
SAINT JOHN, N.B. - New Brunswick's energy minister wants an answer from NB Power and Atomic Energy of Canada on how long it will take to complete the 1.4 billion dollar refurbishment of the Point Lepreau nuclear plant.
Jack Keir says he expects that update soon.
He says the last estimate he received put the project at seven-and-a-half months behind schedule.
However, a CBC report, citing unnamed sources at NB Power says the refurbishment is now nine months behind.
Utility spokeswoman Heather MacLean says there's been no discussion of the time frame and she doesn't know where the nine month figure comes from.
She says NB Power won't be in a position to recalculate how far behind the project is until Atomic Energy has finished inspecting the reactor vessel.
NB Power is on the hook for almost one million dollars for each day the project is overdue.
The refurbishment was originally scheduled to take 18 months and bring Atlantic Canada's only nuclear reactor back into service by next month.