FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station has been reconnected to the New Brunswick grid following the successful completion of a planned maintenance outage.

The station was taken offline last month to perform scheduled maintenance. During the outage, about 10,000 planned technical maintenance activities on equipment and systems on both the nuclear and conventional parts of the station were completed to improve equipment reliability.

Station outages are scheduled to coincide with seasonal increases in water flows in the hydro system and with lower seasonal electricity demand to help offset the temporary loss of its contribution to provincial energy needs.

Planned outages of this nature are key investments to ensure the long-term ability of the station to dependably meet the energy needs of New Brunswickers.

The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station is a 660 megawatt (net) nuclear generating station and a low carbon, 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.