Saturday, December 29, 2007

Quebec nuclear plant closed until late January

December 28, 2007

Gentilly-2, Quebec's only nuclear power plant, will remain offline until late January because of technical problems, Hydro-Québec says.

The Bécancour installation outside Trois-Rivières was shut down in early November after problems were discovered in the regulating circuit and roboticized fuelling machine.

Repairs were scheduled to be completed by December but work is progressing slowly given the reactor's radioactive environment, said Hydro-Québec, the reactor's owner and operator.

The finish date has been pushed back to late January.

Hydro-Québec's output is not expected to suffer much as Gentilly-2 provides only a small percentage of the utility's overall power needs.

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