Powered by a CANDU-6 nuclear reactor, NB Power’s Point Lepreau station began operations in 1983 on the Bay of Fundy shore, roughly 40 km west of Saint John.
Point Lepreau is the only nuclear power generating facility in Atlantic Canada and has a production capacity of 660 megawatts. The station was originally constructed over eight years starting in 1975. After a major refurbishment and overhaul, it was declared commercially operational again in November 2012.
Lepreau is fueled by natural uranium and the plant site includes an integral nuclear waste management facility. Full-time Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission staff onsite conduct inspections to evaluate operations, and verify compliance with national regulatory requirements and licence conditions.