MRO Magazine

Bruce Power plans nuclear-reactor maintenance shutdown


August 18, 2011
By PEM Magazine

Babcock & Wilcox Canada Ltd. has been awarded a contract worth approximately $40 million from Bruce Power to perform fuel channel maintenance on its Unit 3 nuclear reactor during a scheduled plant shutdown in November 2011. Last week, a planned shutdown at Unit 6 was safety and successfully completed.

"B&W has a proven reputation for excellence in nuclear manufacturing, engineering, inspection and repair services for the nuclear power industry," said Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Energy president Chris Mowry. "This contract for Bruce Power is the continuation of a very successful program that has benefited from excellent teamwork between our two companies."

Bruce Power, located near Kincardine, Ont., is the largest nuclear facility in North America, and second largest in the world, comprised of eight CANDU nuclear reactors with a total output capability of 7,276 megawatts.

This will be the third fuel channel maintenance project performed for Bruce Power. In previous projects, 200 channels on the Unit 3 reactor were moved. Under this contract, nearly all of the 480 channels will be shifted in order to bring the reactor back to service after the outage.


Last week in Tiverton, Ont., Unit 6 at the Bruce B generating station returned to service on Aug. 9, after an 18-day planned maintenance outage to repair a main output transformer. The outage, expected to take 20 days, was completed safely in 18.

As it stands, units 3 to 8 at the Bruce Power site are now supplying energy to the Ontario grid at high power.

Bruce Power is a partnership among Cameco Corporation, TransCanada Corporation, BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust, a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, the Power Workers’ Union and The Society of Energy Professionals.