The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on July 23 said New Brunswick Power Nuclear (NBPN) may begin activities to restart the single-unit, 635 MW Point Lepreau Generating Station in New Brunswick. At this stage, the station will not produce electricity, but will restart the reactor in order to perform several safety tests under the oversight of CNSC staff.
NBPN will require further CNSC regulatory approvals to increase power above 0.1 percent of full power and above 35 percent of full power.
The CNSC renewed the facility’s license for a five-year period in February 2012.
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