Nuclear, Plant Optimization, Reactors

Power further reduced at nuclear plant ahead of refueling

NB Power reduced reactor power over the weekend to 35 percent at the Point Lepreau Generating Station in New Brunswick.

NB Power has been reducing the reactor’s power gradually as the company prepares for a refueling outage. The work is being carried out over the next several weeks during a time when there are better conditions for hydro generation and above-zero temperatures help to offset the decrease in production at the plant.

There are two fueling machines, one that inserts the new fuel in the reactor and one that receives used fuel. The fueling machine removes the closure plug, inserts new fuel bundles and reinstalls the closure plug; however, adjustments are being made to the plugs which have been difficult to remove in the first refueling stage.

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