The Bruce Energy Centre

 

Concept

The Bruce Energy Centre is a world-class industrial park that accommodates the demands of energy, economy and ecology for the 21st century. The centre is designed to allow industry to take advantage of an economical, secure and environmentally friendly source of energy in a well planned development.

High-volume clean energy in the form of steam comes to the centre from the adjacent BNPD (Bruce Nuclear Power Development operated by Bruce Power), which is one of the world’s largest nuclear steam and electricity generating facility and has a long history of successful operation of the world-renowned CANDU reactors. When the clean energy from BNPD is combined with local renewable resources, the result is an energy centre that can sustain integrated development without harm to the environment.
Applying ecosystem principles in an industrial park design reduces both the environmental and economic cost of doing business. Thoughtful planning and coordination of industries allows the park to achieve a recycling and processing of recoverable materials. At the centre, the by-product of one industry can be used by another industry as raw material.

Location

The Bruce Energy Center (“BEC”) is located on the east shore of Lake Huron between the thriving communities of Kincardine and Port Elgin, part of Bruce County. It is located adjacent to the BNPD, one of the world’s largest independent power generating facility with an infrastructure of 18 billion dollars situated on 932 ha (2,300 acres) of land. BNPD employs more than 3,300 highly-skilled employees and generates enough clean electricity to supply approximately 15 per cent of Ontario's power needs.


Market Access

Within a day’s drive of major North American markets, Bruce County has a well- established transportation corridor. It has excellent provincial highway access to the major markets of Southern Ontario and the northern United States. Provincial Highways 4, 6, 9, 86, and 21 (all toll-free highways with no weight restrictions) are the main connecting routes to Highway 401 and major North American metropolitan centers. There are a number of trucking companies and commercial/bus lines servicing the area. Bruce County is close to major deep water harbours of the Great Lakes. The Hamilton Port offers a deep water port for international commercial shipping. Regional ports in Goderich, Owen Sound and Collingwood are also accessible. There are 12 harbour marinas along the coastline of Bruce County where commercial and/or pleasure craft may moor. There are four airports in the area. In addition, southern Bruce County is within 180 kilometers of Pearson International Airport in Toronto.


Unique Energy Potential

The Bruce Energy Centre is supplied with industrial quality steam and electricity directly from the BNPD plant to the west.

BNPD is one of the world’s largest steam and electricity generating complexes and has operated successfully for more than 30 years. It uses the world –renowned CANDU nuclear reactors – with their proven record of safety and reliability. At the present there are six reactor units in operation which produce approximately 5,000 megawatts of electricity. The volume of energy produced by Bruce Power is enormous. In 1996 a new steam plant was constructed at the site. Steam is provided via a 24 inch (600 mm) pipeline which delivers 250,000 lbs / hr of steam to the BEC businesses, with a 10-inch condensate return line.

The water is supplied from Lake Huron and the infrastructure for industrial water supply is in place, with maximum flows of 880,000 gallons per day. A typical municipal type elevated storage tank provides pressure stability and surge protection for the industrial water supply system. Also situated on the site is a hydro substation, which is a 1,000 KVH (kilovolt-hour) Transformer, connected to the 44 KV hydro line, which services this development.

Opportunity

At present, the new liberal government of Ontario’s thrust is to maximize the potential opportunity provided by the Bruce Energy Centre to investors. Thus, strategic partnerships have now been formed with the private sector to transform the BEC into one of the busiest and most efficient industrial parks in Canada.

For industries choosing to become part of the BEC, the Centre presents opportunities limited only by their imagination and their vision of the needs of the future. The Bruce County domestic market is a diverse and vibrant composition of 64,000 permanent residents and 29,000 seasonal residents. This population base, along with a growing number of visitors to the area, represents a strong market force which supports local businesses.

The Bruce Energy Centre is founded on the premise that long-term economic policies must address the employment of energy in the most environmentally friendly way possible. The key to the Centre’s economic success lies in combining production, processing and marketing into a single comprehensive concept. The project is the only sustainable industrial development that strives to integrate the three imperatives for long-term economic growth.

Three major development streams have been identified as priority industries for the Bruce Energy Centre: Agriculture, Recycling and Chemical/Energy.

The Industrial Park

The Bruce Energy Centre is a world-class industrial eco-park that meets the demands of energy, economy and ecology for the 21st century. At the present the Bruce Energy Centre industrial park consists of approximately 245 acres of land immediately adjacent to Bruce Power. Additional land has been assembled for future additions to the industrial park. To date, the 245 acres have been developed with full services provided to 18 lots, of which six are occupied. Steam, electricity, water and sewer services are all supplied to the BEC by Ontario Power Generation/Bruce Power.

The Industrial Park is based on contracted low-cost energy supplied by the BNPD in the form of industrial-quality steam. Heat from within the BNPD’s generating stations is carried to steam generators where the high pressure steam is created. From there the steam can be used to turn turbines and create electricity or be efficiently distributed to industrial users at the Industrial Park. Steam is an ideal source of heat energy for a broad range of industries. Space heating, curing, hydrolysis, dehydration, evaporation, concentration and distillation are just a few of steam’s applications.

The industries currently in the BEC include an alfalfa dehydration cubing plant, a plastic film extrusion plant, an 8-acre greenhouse which is capable of growing hydroponic vegetables and a commercial alcohol plant.

 


 
     

 

 

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