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 Bruce-1 Nuclear Power Plant, Canada

The Bruce Nuclear Generating Station is located in Tiverton, Ontario, Canada. The facility is located in the geographical area of Bruce County, hence its name. It occupies an area of 932 hectares.

The nuclear plant was built in stages between 1970-1987 by the provincial Crown corporation, Ontario Hydro. It was not until May 2001 that the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station began operation. Currently, 3,800 employees work at the plant.


The initial operating license is 18 years, expiring in 2019, but there is an option to extend up to 25 years until 2044.

The Bruce nuclear power plant is Canada with higher output power. Its capacity of 6,272 MW total power (net) and 7,276 MW (gross).

Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, Canada The facility is composed of 8 CANDU nuclear reactors, which makes nuclear plant in the world with the largest number of reactors. The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant in Japan is higher than that of Bruce, but is not currently running.

In November 2009, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) renewed the operating licenses for the Bruce plant for 5 years until 2014. In May 2014 the license was renewed until May 2015. Later it was generated a new license until May 2020.

Distribution of reactors at the Bruce nuclear power station

The 8 nuclear reactors central Bruce are divided into two plants (the plant and plant A B). Each plant has 4 reactors. Each nuclear reactor is within a structure of reinforced concrete with eight enromes steam generators of 100 tons each.

Each reactor has its own set of turbines: a high pressure turbine and three low-pressure turbines which drive the electric power generator.

For the cooling system water of Lake Huron used.

Each unit has its own control room for the 4 nuclear reactors having each.

Reactor typePHWR
Reactor modelCANDU 791
Grid connection1977-01-14
OwnerBruce Power
OperatorBruce Power
ZoneTiverton, Ontario

Published: January 6, 2013
Last review: November 2, 2016

Nuclear power plants in Canada