Point Lepreau Generating Station
New Brunswick Power Nuclear (NBPN) owns and is licensed to operate the Point Lepreau Generating Station, located approximately 40 km west of Saint John, New Brunswick and on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. NBPN also operates a nuclear waste management facility at the station. The CNSC has full-time staff onsite who perform inspections to evaluate operations and to verify compliance with regulatory requirements and licence conditions.
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Location: Point Lepreau, New Brunswick
Operator: NB Power Nuclear
Reactor type: CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium)
Vendor: Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
Number of units: 1 reactor
Installed capacity: 705 MWe
Licence issued: February 17, 2012
Licence expires: June 30, 2017
Start of commercial operation: February 1, 1983
Return to service following refurbishment: November 23, 2012
Reactor building containment: Low-pressure containment, pre-stressed concrete vessel
Licensing documentation: Request a copy of the Point Lepreau licence and licence condition handbook by email
Latest CNSC Plant-Specific Communications
- November 2, 2012: CNSC Gives Point Lepreau Final Green Light
- February 17, 2012: CNSC Announces Decision to Renew the Power Reactor Operating Licence for the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station and Grant NB Power Nuclear Permission to Proceed with the Fuel Reload and Restart of the Reactor
Latest Licensee Public Disclosures
As part of CNSC's regulatory requirements, major licensees must have robust public information and disclosure programs in place. These programs, for nuclear power plants, include a disclosure protocol developed in consultation with community stakeholders. You may visit NB Power's Web site for a full list of disclosures.
November 4, 2013: Small hydrazine release at the Point Lepreau Generating Station (source NB Power)
On Monday, November 4, 2013, NB Power informed the CNSC that a release of water containing a small quantity of hydrazine had occurred the previous day. The leak has been isolated and contained. The CNSC is assessing the incident and the measures being taken by NB Power to prevent recurrence. Water samples taken on the beach near the station have confirmed that hydrazine levels are now below detection levels. Hydrazine is a non-radioactive product, used to prevent corrosion in the steam generators. This event will be discussed at an upcoming public Commission meeting.
You may visit NB Power's Web site for a full list of disclosures.
- Disclosure protocol (source: NB Power)
- Event reports-S99 (source: NB Power)
- Environmental monitoring data (source: NB Power)
- CNSC Nuclear Power Industry Safety Performance Reports
- Regulatory actions
- Most Recent CNSC Power Reactor Status Report (This report is prepared to update Commission members during most public meetings)