TIVERTON, ON - October 16, 2012 - Bruce Power’s Unit 2 sent power to Ontario’s electricity grid for the first time in 17 years earlier today, marking a major milestone in the Bruce Power revitalization program.
“This gets us one step closer to the finish line and for the first time in nearly two decades we’re in the midst of returning the site to its full operational capacity,” said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO. “With this project in the final stages we can see a period of stable, steady operations ahead where Bruce Power plays a key role in keeping electricity costs low, the lights on and the air we breathe clean.”
With first synchronization now complete, final planned commissioning activities will be carried out on Unit 2, including safety system shutdown testing. Once the units are at high power, they will produce enough electricity to power cities the size of Ottawa and London, ON, combined.
The return to service of Units 1 and 2 bring the Bruce Power site back to its eight-unit capacity, doubling the number of operational units from 10 years ago when the company began its multi-year revitalization program to make it the largest nuclear generating facility in the world. Prior to this investment, half of the units on the site were laid up.
"The return to service of Units 1 and 2 is an historic milestone in the rejuvenation of the Bruce Power site, that will serve to ensure long term stable employment opportunities for our current and future Society of Energy Professionals members. As partners in the Bruce Power LP we are happy to have played a part in the completion of this important project, that will serve the energy needs of the citizens of Ontario with emissions free, and price competitive power for decades to come", added Dave Myette Local Vice President, Society of Energy Professionals.