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Nuclear power plant in Canada closer to commercial operation

Bruce Power on August 3 said Unit 1 of the Bruce A nuclear power plant in Ontario, Canada, is operating as its progresses through the final stages of commissioning and testing in preparation of raising power and synchronizing to Ontario’s electricity grid. The 750 MW Unit 1 is on track to achieve commercial operation in the third quarter of 2012. Bruce Power said it continues to make progress with the return to service of Bruce A Units 1 and 2, while making ongoing investments in Units 3 and 4.

Work is also underway to ensure Unit 2 will soon be generating electricity following a non-nuclear issue that occurred within an hour of synchronization to Ontario’s electricity grid in May. This work program is expected to be complete and Unit 2 generating electricity in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Bruce Power will also begin an expanded outage investment program on Unit 4 immediately, in support of extending the life of the unit to the end of decade. The planned maintenance outage will align the lifespan of Unit 4 to that of Unit 3, which recently underwent a $300 million investment project that extended its life by up to an additional 10 years.

Bruce B Units 5, 6, 7 and 8 are all operating at full power. Bruce B produces approximately 3,300 MW annually, or 15 percent of Ontario’s electricity.

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