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dailygleaner.com - Graham pitches Ottawa for help to deal with Lepreau expenses | By AN... - 0 views

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    "Premier Shawn Graham says the federal government appears to be softening its stance toward the repair delays and cost overruns at the Point Lepreau nuclear power plant.

    Graham was in Ottawa on Tuesday to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and federal ministers. At the top of the premier's agenda was the Point Lepreau plant, which is being refurbished by federal Crown corporation Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.

    AECL originally promised to complete the refurbishment last fall. But in September, it announced the repairs would cost $1.4 billion, much more than initially expected, and won't be finished until roughly February 2011."
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Costly Lepreau nuclear plant refit may extend into 2010: VP - 0 views

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    NB Power says it can no longer predict exactly when the Point Lepreau nuclear power plant will be up and running again - and for every day it's delayed it costs the province $670,000 to replace the electricity the plant would normally produce.

    The $1.4-billion project was supposed to be finished by this September, a date that was first pushed back to December and is now in danger of running into next year.

    Gaëtan Thomas, NB Power's vice-president nuclear, said Thursday that picking a completion date is no longer possible.
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telegraphjournal.com - Lepreau safety incidents reported | Rob Linke - Breaking News, N... - 0 views

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    A surprisingly high concentration of deuterium gas discovered in the cooling system at the Point Lepreau nuclear plant could have harmed personnel and damaged equipment last May had it exploded.

    Deuterium can explode in air if it reaches a concentration of five per cent, and a sample taken at Lepreau on May 23, 2008 was 6.4 per cent.

    But the gas was in a closed system of tubes and lacked an ignition source as the reactor was offline.
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timestranscript.com - Lepreau refurbishment delays could cost $90M - Breaking News, New... - 0 views

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    Ratepayers will pay most of bill for nuclear plant upgrades

    FREDERICTON - If they weren't stuck with the bill, ratepayers might be able to sympathize with surprise costs that face NB Power's refurbishment project at Point Lepreau.

    The refurbishment project is currently running three to four months behind schedule, at a cost of about $20 million per month to ratepayers.

    Each extra day will cost an extra $1 million in replacement fuel, and CEO David Hay says NB Power is on track to pay between $70 million to $90 million in unexpected replacement fuel costs to replace power normally generated by the reactor during the period it is down.
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