FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station is back online after reconnecting to the grid today, and will be returning to high power by Saturday. The station was taken offline on Tuesday, Oct. 3, to resolve an equipment issue on the turbine system.

The net capacity factor for September was 99.1 per cent. Capacity factor is the megawatt-hour output of a generating station compared to the maximum that could be produced.

Last month, the station produced 471,234 net megawatt-hours of non-emitting electricity, representing about 60 per cent of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations.

Mutual aid fire drill

On Oct. 10, the station’s emergency response team will participate in a mutual aid fire drill with the Saint John Fire Department and Musquash Fire Rescue Department. As part of its emergency preparedness plan, the station maintains mutual aid partnerships with a variety of emergency response agencies, including local fire departments.

The drill will test the procedures involved with bringing external first responders to the site, and working together in a unified command structure to effectively manage an emergency event.

The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station is a 660 megawatt (net) nuclear generating station and a base load contributor to the New Brunswick electrical grid. It produces enough non-emitting electricity to power more than 333,000 homes per year and is a foundational piece of the company’s domestic energy supply and export sales. Point Lepreau is a major component of the generating assets that will contribute to the provincial goal of having as much as 75 per cent of the electricity used in New Brunswick coming from clean, renewable or non-emitting sources by 2020.