Point Lepreau repairs shutdown extended by 'a minimum' 7 days
Latest extension for heat transport system will bring time offline to 32 days, from original 14-day estimate
A shutdown at the Point Lepreau nuclear generating station has been extended for "a minimum" of seven additional days to complete repairs to the heat transport system, says NB Power.
Repairs to the fuelling machine, which caused the initial outage have been completed, but work on the heat transport system is still underway and most effectively completed while off-line, NB Power said in a statement.
The work should be done by the end of the week, "after which the station will begin the process of progressively powering back up, a graduated process that will take a few days," the utility said.
Point Lepreau was temporarily taken offline on March 19.
The extended shutdown means the plant will not be able to meet its production targets of running at 97 per cent capacity for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
The utility has said each one per cent loss in production costs it $4 million per year.