Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station - Point Lepreau, NB
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 45° 04.518 W 066° 26.844
19T E 700920 N 4994485
Quick Description: On occasion a waymarker's attempts at achieving new categories can lead to adventure. Such was the case for us in our quest for the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station.
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Date Posted: 5/27/2015 3:56:27 AM
Waymark Code: WMNZ3F
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 13

Long Description:
Constructed between 1975-1983 by NB Power, the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station is capable of producing 680 MW of electricity. Powered by a CANDU reactor, it is the only nuclear reactor in Atlantic Canada and the only one operating in Canada outside Ontario. Though still in operation, it was shut down from 2008 to October of 2012, when it was brought back on line.

On Point Lepreau on the Bay of Fundy near Dipper Harbour, the station is west of Saint John, NB by about 28 kilometres and another 14 kilometres south on Highway 790. Access to the station is very tightly controlled, as we discovered when attempting to get a photo of the site.

After driving down a back road into the station we were surrounded by security guards who, we learned, had been watching us on hidden cameras for several kilometres. The guards turned out to be very nice, affable gentlemen with a LOT of questions for us. After a lengthy yet somewhat jovial back and forth conversation, they allowed us to take a couple of distant pictures, bid us adieu and allowed us to go on our merry way. It was an adventure, to be sure, suddenly finding ourselves surrounded by security, not knowing what their agenda might be. Ultimately, though, it was a quite pleasant experience meeting and talking at length with the station's security force. I suspect, though, that they got quite a kick out of the nutty tourists from British Columbia.

The coordinates given are at the scene of the encounter, at the northeastern corner of the station's grounds.

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Station Profile

Reactor Type: CANDU-6 PHW (Pressurized Heavy Water)
Gross Station Output: 680 000 kW
Reactor Building Containment: Low pressure containment, pre-stressed concrete vessel
Number of Fuel Channels: 380
Fuel Type: Natural Uranium (U02)
Fuel Capacity of the 380 Fuel Channels: 4,560 bundles, each with 37elements
Refuelling Method: On-power
Primary Coolant Pumps: 4
Boilers (Steam Generators): 4
Generator Voltage Output: 26,000 Volts
Turbine Type: 1 double-flow high pressure turbine and 3 double-flow low pressure turbines, all arranged on the same shaft
Turbine Speed: 1,800 RPM
Steam Temperature: 260 °C (500 °F)
Cooling Water Flow (Condenser): Seawater 25.8 m3/s (341,000 Igpm)
Reactor Regulating System: Direct digital control dual computer
From New Brunswick Power

Operational: Yes

Visitor Center: No

Year Built: 1/1/1975

Web Address: [Web Link]

Year Retired: Not listed

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