It’s full steam ahead for Bruce Power, as the company's Executive Vice President is anticipating a very busy and productive year ahead.
James Scongack says 2019 will be a critical year for Bruce Power.
The major focus for the nuclear giant will be getting ready for the refurbishment on Unit 6 which begins January 1st 2020.
Scongack says mobilization and preparation for the project is what determines a projects success.
And success is exactly what he expects, vowing the project will be delivered on time, on budget, to a high degree of quality and most importantly safely.
Another focus for Bruce Power this year involves health care.
Scongack says many are unaware of the fact that Bruce Power provides 40 percent of the world’s medical isotopes which are used for sterilization purposes and cancer treatments.
This March, Bruce Power will begin to harvest isotopes to treat brain tumors.
Along with refurbishment preparations and isotope cultivation, Scongack says 2019 will also maintain a focus on providing reliable and low cost power to Ontario.
He notes that Bruce Power generates 30 percent of the Province’s power, 30 percent below the average residential cost.
Scongack adds Bruce Power supports over 20 thousand jobs and invests 4 billion dollars into Ontario’s economy each year.
Looking ahead, he lists innovation and sustainability as two other key priorities.
He says Bruce Power is always seeking out new ways to do things safer, more efficiently and innovatively.
This includes leveraging innovation collectively as an industry and sharing information with suppliers.
All in all, 2019 is shaping up to be a very busy and promising year for Bruce Power.
Scongack lists the five key attributes of nuclear energy to be: affordability, reduced carbon emissions, jobs and economic growth, innovation and health care.
Over the coming years Bruce Power will invest about 13 billion dollars into Units 3 to 8 in order to extend the life of the units to 2064.