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Performance assessment of Point Lepreau Generating Station

Abstract

The Point Lepreau Generating Station, a 680 MWe CANDU unit, is located about 40 km southwest of the city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. It was declared in-service on 1 February, 1983 and, since then, has demonstrated an average cross capacity factor of over 93% up to the end of 1990. This paper compared the performance of the station with other sister CANDU units and the Light Water Reactors world-wide using the following ten performance indicators, as applicable: - gross capacity factor; - fuel burn-up; - heavy water upkeep; - unplanned reactor trips while critical; - forced outage rate; - fuel handling performance; - derived emission of radioactive effluents to environment; - personnel radiation dose; - industrial safety; - low-level solid radioactive wastes. The paper examines various areas of station activities including management and organization, operations and maintenance, technical support, fuel handling and health physics in order to highlight some of the 'good practices' which are believed to have made a significant contribution towards achieving the demonstrated performance of Point Lepreau G.S. In addition, several areas of potential improvement are discussed in order to maintain and enhance, where practicable, the safety, reliability and economic performance of the station. In  More>>
Authors:
Alikhan, S [1] 
  1. Point Lepreau Generating Station, Lepreau, NB (Canada)
Publication Date:
Apr 01, 1991
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
INIS-XA-N-171
Resource Relation:
Conference: 2. PHWR operating safety experience meeting, Embalse, Cordoba (Argentina), 3-5 Apr 1991; Other Information: 1 ref., 2 figs, 6 tabs; PBD: Apr 1991; Related Information: In: Proceedings of 2nd PHWR operating safety experience meeting, 810 pages.
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; BURNUP; CAPACITY; COEFFICIENT OF PERFORMANCE; ECONOMICS; FUEL MANAGEMENT; POINT LEPREAU-1 REACTOR; REACTOR MAINTENANCE; REACTOR SAFETY; RELIABILITY
OSTI ID:
20483027
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria); Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Buenos Aires (Argentina); CANDU Owners Group, North York, ON (Canada)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: XA04N1318055698
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
43 pages
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Alikhan, S. Performance assessment of Point Lepreau Generating Station. IAEA: N. p., 1991. Web.
Alikhan, S. Performance assessment of Point Lepreau Generating Station. IAEA.
Alikhan, S. 1991. "Performance assessment of Point Lepreau Generating Station." IAEA.
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title = {Performance assessment of Point Lepreau Generating Station}
author = {Alikhan, S}
abstractNote = {The Point Lepreau Generating Station, a 680 MWe CANDU unit, is located about 40 km southwest of the city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. It was declared in-service on 1 February, 1983 and, since then, has demonstrated an average cross capacity factor of over 93% up to the end of 1990. This paper compared the performance of the station with other sister CANDU units and the Light Water Reactors world-wide using the following ten performance indicators, as applicable: - gross capacity factor; - fuel burn-up; - heavy water upkeep; - unplanned reactor trips while critical; - forced outage rate; - fuel handling performance; - derived emission of radioactive effluents to environment; - personnel radiation dose; - industrial safety; - low-level solid radioactive wastes. The paper examines various areas of station activities including management and organization, operations and maintenance, technical support, fuel handling and health physics in order to highlight some of the 'good practices' which are believed to have made a significant contribution towards achieving the demonstrated performance of Point Lepreau G.S. In addition, several areas of potential improvement are discussed in order to maintain and enhance, where practicable, the safety, reliability and economic performance of the station. In this context, a careful review of the operating experiences, both in-house and at other stations, and a judicious application of lessons learned plays a significant role. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1991}
month = {Apr}
}