New Projects, Nuclear, Reactors

Bruce nixes plans to build new nuclear reactors

23 July 2009– Nuclear power operator Bruce Power LP said it will not build new reactors, opting to refurbish existing ones instead.

Bruce said it will withdraw its application to build new reactors at Nanticoke, Ontario and refurbish its Bruce A and B nuclear stations along Lake Huron. The improvements would add 1,500 MW of baseload generation.

The proposed Nanticoke plants would have supplied 6,300 MW of electricity. The company said it will withdraw its application due to declining electricity demand in the province.

The company said it will study the feasibility of refurbishing units 3 to 8 at Bruce. Bruce Power is a partnership that includes uranium miner Cameco Corp, pipeline and power operator TransCanada Corp, and BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust.

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