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Point Lepreau nuclear station back at high-power for July 2016


August 15, 2016 – The Point Lepreau nuclear generating station is now operating at 100% reactor power, putting about 660MW on the New Brunswick grid, according to the province.

The station has been operating at high-power for 60 consecutive days, the government adds, and the net capacity factor for July was 99%—capacity factor is the megawatt-hour output of a generating station compared to the maximum that could be produced.

Earlier this year, a number of production problems had been reported at the site.

The station also produced about 50% of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations during the month of July, according to the New Brunswick government.

Point Lepreau officials say it produces enough electricity to power more than 333,000 homes per year.