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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bruce Power Restart on Schedule.

Tiverton | by Jon Meyer  

The 4.8 billion dollar restart program is apparently on schedule for 2012.

Another milestone for Bruce Power.

The last of 480 new fuel channels have been installed in the Unit 1 reactor at the Bruce A nuclear generating station in Tiverton.

The significance being that the 750 megawatt unit is on schedule and will return to service in early 2012.

Bruce Power Spokesperson Steve Cannon says it marks the end of the re-tube program.

Over the past year, production rates in the re-tube program increased from installing one channel every four days, to averaging more than five channels a day.

Bruce Power will now connect feeder tubes to the reactor and Cannon says their next major milestone will be to load fuel into the reactors.

The total cost of the Restart project is 4.8 billion dollars, which Cannon notes is the largest private sector investment in Ontario right now.  

Cannon says the work follows similar efforts to refurbish Unit 2, which is expected to synchronize with Ontario's electricity grid later this year.

Bruce Power President and CEO Duncan Hawthorne noted in a release that the project was the longest and most challenging evolution on the Restart project.


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