Monday, 22 October 2012

Refurbished Bruce approaching full strength

Remarkable achievement!: Refurbished Bruce approaching full strength: "The second unit at the refurbished Bruce A nuclear power plant has sent electricity to the Canadian grid for the first time in 17 years, five months after its restart was postponed because of generator problems.
The grid synchronisation of Bruce A2 signals the final stages of commissioning the 750 MWe Candu after seven years of refurbishment. This saw the replacement of all its pressure tubes and calandria tubes, electrical system upgrades, and the first ever replacement of a steam generator at a Canadian nuclear plant. The unit was ready to restart in May, but a problem with the electrical generator in the non-nuclear side of the plant resulted in a last-minute postponement. Bruce A1 went through a similar refurbishment and became the first of the pair to restart, synchronising with the grid in September.
Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne expressed his satisfaction that the project was moving into its final stages. "This gets us one step closer to the finish line and for the first time in nearly two decades we're in the midst of returning the site to its full operational capacity," he said."

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