Nuclear Power Plants in Canada
Bruce
Location: ON
Operator: Bruce Power Inc
Configuration: 3 X 815 MW, 1 X 825 MW, 4 X 890 MW CANDU
Operation: 1977-1987
Reactor supplier: AECL
T/G supplier: Parsons
EPC: AECL
Quick facts: Bruce is on a 2,300ac site the eastern shore of Lake Huron. In the late 1990s, Ontario Hydro made the decision to lay-up the "A" plant and the units were taken out of service from 1995-1998. In 2001, Bruce Power took over operations under long-term lease from Ontario Power Generation and returned Bruce A3&A4 to service in Jan 2004 and Oct 2003, respectively. Units A1&A2 came back online in Sep and OCt 2012, respectively after one of Canada's largest and most complex infrastructure projects in years. Bruce power is a partnership of Cameco Corp, TransCanada Corp, BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust, established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, the Power Workers’ Union and The Society of Energy Professionals.

Photograph courtesy of Bruce Power Inc
Posted 27 Jan 2010

Darlington
Location: ON
Operator: Ontario Power Generation
Configuration: 4 X 935 MW CANDU
Operation: 1991-1993
Reactor supplier: AECL
T/G supplier: ABB
EPC: Ontario Hydro
Quick facts: Darlington is Canada's newest nuclear station and is sited about 70km east of Toronto. Typically, it supplies about 20% of Ontario's electricity. The turbine hall is 580m long and 137m wide and 45m high. An extensive, 10yr refurbishment program got underway in Oct 2016. The site is capable of being expanded with several additional reactors.

Photograph courtesy of Ontario Hydro
Posted 19 Mar 2011

Gentilly
Location: Canada
Operator: Hydro-Quebec
Configuration: 1 X 266 MW, 1 X 675 MW CANDU
Operation: 19721980 (ret)
Reactor supplier: AECL
T/G supplier: BBC, GE
EPC: Hydro-Quebec
Quick facts: Gentilly-1 was a 266-MW CANDU online in 1972 and closed in Jun 1977. Unit-2 was one of the early 700-MW class CANDU reactors. Construction started in 1974, the unit went online in 1980 and was retired in Dec 2012.

Photograph by Rowshyra Castaneda
Re-posted 28 Jan 2017

Pickering
Location: ON
Operator: Ontario Power Generation
Configuration: 4 X 542 MW, 4 X 540 MW CANDU
Operation: 1971-1986
Reactor supplier: AECL
T/G supplier: Parsons
EPC: AECL, Ontario Hydro
Quick facts: Pickering was Ontario's first full-size NPP. In 1997, the four reactors in the "A" plant were laid up as part of Ontario Hydro's nuclear improvement program. Unit-4 was returned to operation in Sep 2003 followed by Unit-1 in Nov 2005. Units 2&3 were placed in safe storage with effect from Sep 2010 at a cost of C$335mn. In 1994, Unit-7 set a world record for continuous operation running 894 days.

Photograph courtesy of Ontario Hydro
Posted 19 Mar 2011

Point Lepreau
Location: Canada
Operator: NB Power
Configuration: 1 X 705 MW CANDU
Operation: 1983
Reactor supplier: AECL
T/G supplier: Parsons
EPC: CANATOM
EPC: After about 15yrs of debate, construction on Pouint Lepreau began in 1975. The site is about 2km northeast of Point Lepreau Town. A second unit was in the original plant but never started, The total cost at completion was about C$1.4bn. The plant started what was planned as an 18mo refurbishment in Mar 2008. After a series of mishaps and technical issues, the unit finally reconnected in Oct 2012 and restarted commercial service on 23 Nov 2012.

Photograph courtesy NB Power
Posted 26 Oct 2004

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 28-Jan-2017

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