The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on March 16 said Bruce Power can restart Unit 2, following its refurbishment which began in 2006. Bruce Power can now safely remove shutdown guarantees and progress with the remaining return-to-service activities.
The CNSC staff said it reviewed submissions from Bruce Power and conducted numerous inspections at the facility. Staff verified compliance with the license conditions issued in October 2009. Based on these reviews, the CNSC concluded that Bruce Power has met all of the conditions related to releasing reactor shutdown guarantees in Unit 2. Upon restart, the facility may increase reactor power up to 50 power of its capacity. CNSC approval is required to increase reactor power above that level.
The CNSC authorized the fuel reload of the unit in June 2011 and continues to monitor the progress made on Unit 1.
Bruce Power operates the Bruce A and Bruce B Nuclear Generating Stations, which each hold four CANDU reactors. Six of those units are currently operational and produce more than 4,700 MW. Bruce A, which began operating in 1972, has four nuclear power reactors with a capacity to produce 750 MW each. Of these reactors, units 3 and 4 are operating at full power, while units 1 and 2 are currently shut down for refurbishment to bring them up to present-day operating standards.
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