TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Yesterday's announcement by Bruce Power that its Unit 1, 750 megawatt CANDU reactor produced electricity for the first time in 15 years is a big step forward in the revitalization of the 8 Unit Bruce Power Nuclear Generating Station. The huge Restart Project to return Units 1 and 2 to operation is approaching completion. Through the efforts of thousands of highly skilled construction, maintenance and engineering staff, approximately 160 Ontario based nuclear supply chain companies, specialized contractors and the vision and commitment of investors, the Bruce Power site will be the largest single source of electricity in the province for many years to come.
"Bruce Power produces low-cost, clean, safe and reliable electricity that Ontario ratepayers can rely on" said Don MacKinnon, President of the Power Workers' Union "The return to service of Units 1 and 2 is an important component in the revitalization of Ontario's electricity supply and a big step toward Bruce Power's goal of providing 6,300 MW of greenhouse gas emission-free electricity for decades to come" added MacKinnon.
The Bruce Power site has approximately 3,700 full time employees in well paying high skill jobs and supplies 25 percent of Ontario's electricity to power homes, schools, hospitals, businesses and farms in the province.
"Not only does generation from Bruce Power's Candu reactors work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to keep the lights on - it also displaces millions of tonnes of CO2 every year that would otherwise come from fossil fuel generation" concluded MacKinnon.
SOURCE: Power Workers' Union
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