Bruce A Restart & Refurbishment project expanded



    OPA agreement clears way for complete refurbishment of Unit 4

    TIVERTON, ON, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - Bruce Power and the Ontario Power Authority
(OPA) have amended their existing Bruce A agreement to allow for the complete
refurbishment of Unit 4.
    Bruce Power will now replace all 480 fuel channels in Unit 4, extending
its operational life until 2036. Under the original 2005 agreement, Bruce
Power intended to install new steam generators in all four Bruce A units and
fuel channels in Units 1, 2 and 3. Without new fuel channels, Unit 4 was only
expected to run until 2017.
    Under the revised plan, Bruce Power expects to invest an additional $1 
billion, resulting in a total investment in the restart and refurbishment
program of approximately $5.25 billion.
    "Expanding our project will allow us to conduct the complete
refurbishment of Units 3 and 4 in a similar manner to how we are conducting
the restart of Units 1 and 2," said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power's President
and Chief Executive Officer. "We are well into one of North America's most
complex engineering projects and we remain on time and on budget. Our team of
contractors is well established at Bruce A and their processes are working
well."
    Bruce Power expects to complete the work on Units 3 and 4 by 2013. Under
the revised agreement, the OPA can elect for a three unit restart program if
it expects there will be insufficient transmission to accommodate all eight
Bruce Power units by mid 2013. This election expires on April 1, 2008. In
April, Hydro One announced plans to upgrade the transmission line between
Bruce Power and Milton, Ont. and expects the new line to be in service by
2012.
    Meanwhile, work to restart Units 1 and 2 continues and is expected to
deliver an additional 1,500 megawatts to the Ontario power grid by late 2009
or early 2010. For stories and video clips on the entire project, please check
out our Bruce A Restart web pages at www.brucepower.com.





For further information:

For further information: Steve Cannon, (519) 361-6559,
steve.cannon@brucepower.com; Duty Media Officer, (519) 361-6161


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