Nuclear power plant to restart in Canada

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on July 20 said Bruce Power may restart Unit 1 at the Bruce A nuclear station. The authorization will allow Bruce Power to restart the reactor and bring it up to 50 percent of full power in order to perform several safety tests under the oversight of the CNSC.

Bruce Power will also require CNSC approval to increase power further.

Bruce Power operates the Bruce A and Bruce B Nuclear Generating Stations on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, near Tiverton, Ontario. 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.

Together, Bruce A and B house eight Candu reactors. Six are operating and producing more than 4,700 MW.

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