September 14, 2008
Utility, Industry & Corporation
Utility Refueling OutageConstellation Energy's Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station in Oswego, N.Y. completed its scheduled Unit 2 refueling outage at 1:43 a.m., April 17, 2008. The refueling outage duration was 27 days.
Refueling and maintenance activities completed during the outage included inspections, upgrades androutine replacement of equipment such as motors, valves and seals. In addition, Constellation Energy completed several projects that contribute to the long-term viability of the station, including upgrades to the fire detection system and modifications to support the planned power uprate at Unit 2.
Contact: Maureen Brown, telephone: 410-470-7433, email: Maureen.brown@ constellation.com.
Entergy Corporation has selected Enexus Energy Corporation as the new name of the independent, publicly traded nuclear power company it plans to spin off later this year, and EquaGen L.L.C. as the name of the new joint venture Entergy and Enexus will co-own and which will operate the six nuclear reactors to be spun off.
After the spin-off, Enexus - which will be headquartered in Jackson, Miss. will own two reactors at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, N.Y., and one each at Vermont Yankee in Vernon, Vt.; Pilgrim Station in Plymouth, Mass.; the James A. FitzPatrick plant near Oswego, N.Y.; and the Palisades plant in Covert, Mich. It also will include various related nuclear businesses that are now part of Entergy.
EquaGen L.L.C. is expected to have operating responsibility for the Enexus fleet, to provide nuclear management and technical services to Entergy's nuclear plants and continue to supply contracted services to the Nebraska Public Power District for the Cooper Nuclear Station. As a premier nuclear operator, EquaGen will have broad nuclear experience building and operating boiling and pressurized water reactor technologies. EquaGen is expected to be uniquely positioned to grow through offerings of nuclear operating expertise, as well as ancillary nuclear services to third parties, including plant decommissioning and relicensing. EquaGen will be headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations.
Contact: Mike Bowling, telephone: 601-368-5657, email: mbowling@ entergy.com.
Unit 1 at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Luzerne County, Pa., resumed generating electricity for customers April 16,2008 after a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage was completed successfully.
"During this outage, which started March 4, 2008, workers replaced about 40 percent of the uranium fuel and completed a large number of equipment maintenance tasks and upgrades that will ensure Unit 1 continues to operate safely and reliably," said Neil Cannon, vice president of Nuclear Operations for PPL Susquehanna.
Contact: Joe Scopelliti, telephone: 866-832-4474, fax: 610-774- 5281.
"Best of Best" Award
Employees of the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Co. have been honored with the nuclear energy industry's B. Ralph Sylvia Best of the Best Award for their success in improving safety and lowering operational costs through their development and application of risk- management to the power plant's technical specifications program.
The winning program is the result of a successful seven-year effort to develop tools and methods that effectively manage timeframes for preventive and corrective maintenance of power plant systems and components covered by plant technical specifications
Award was given to the staff of South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company at a ceremony during the Nuclear Energy Institute's 2008 Nuclear Energy Assembly held in Chicago on May 6, 2008..
Contact: David Knox, telephone: 713-795-6106, email: david.knox@nrgenergy. com.
Request for Information
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking public and industry input on how to best achieve the goals and meet the requirements for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) demonstration project work at DOE's Idaho National Laboratory. DOE today issued a Request for Information and Expressions of Interest from prospective participants and interested parties on utilizing cutting-edge high temperature gas reactor technology in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by enabling nuclear energy to replace fossil fuels used by industry for process heat.
Contact: Angela Hill, telephone: 205-586-4940.
Nuclear Industry China
Some of the world's leading nuclear energy companies gathered in Beijing to attend Nuclear Industry, China 2008, in the hope of reaping contracts from China's planned expansion of its nuclear power industry.
Almost 200 exhibitors from 14 countries attended.
Major international companies, such as the French Nuclear Energy Society (SFEN), Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., and Westinghouse Electric Company, held 10 meetings at the exhibition to exchange information with Chinese experts concerning nuclear power generation, environmental protection, equipment building and technical standards.
Contact: Lin Yi, telephone: 86 10 65268150, email: [email protected]
Alstom Power is building a new manufacturing and engineering facility in Chattanooga, on the banks of the Tennessee river, to serve both new and retrofit equipment markets in the USA.
The facility will have the capacity to manufacture capital- intensive components with high-technology content for nuclear, coal, and gas power plants and to assemble and test all products using the most up-to-date high-precision machine tools available today.
Contact: telephone: 423-826-3005, fax: 423-826-3001.
AREVA announced it will open a new engineering facility in San Jose, California.
In 2006, AREVA began an aggressive hiring campaign in response to substantial business growth in its new plants sector and to support currently operating fleet projects. As a result, AREVA Inc. CEO Tom Christopher estimates the company will employ more than 800 new engineers by 2011.
AREVA's decision to open a new operation in San Jose was driven by the rich talent pool of technology professionals in the Silicon Valley region. The AREVA office initially will be staffed to support its burgeoning advanced reactor program and existing nuclear plant modernization projects.
Contact: Susan Hess, telephone: 434-832-2379, email: Susan.hess@areva. com.
AREVA announced the acquisition of RM Consultants Ltd (RMC), a British consulting company specialized in nuclear safety assessment.
This acquisition reinforces AREVA's presence in the United Kingdom, where the group plans to strengthen its industrial base. AREVA currently employs 1,800 people in Great Britain, where its Transmission and Distribution division, one of the market leaders in the country, counts 6 industrial sites.
Contact: Donna Gaddy-Bowen, telephone: 434-832-3702, email: donna. [email protected]
Uranium Enrichment Facility
AREVA Inc. has selected the state of Idaho for its new U.S. uranium enrichment facility. The site is located in Bonneville County, 18 miles west of Idaho Falls, close to the Idaho National Lab.
The selection was made after an extensive technical, environmental and socio-economical analysis of several potential sites throughout the United States. With its decision, AREVA will move forward to seek all necessary approvals from federal, state and local agencies, including a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to construct and operate the facility.
Contact: Laurence Pernot, telephone: 301-841-1694, email: Laurence.pernot@ areva.com.
Order for Tools
Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company, Ltd. has placed an order with Biach Industries (Cranford, NJ) for three of Biach's Electric Stud Drive Tools (ESDT) for use at its KORI 3 & 4 plants in South Korea. The ESDT is widely used at U.S. nuclear power plants for removing and installing the large (6" to 7'') diameter studs used to secure the reactor pressure flange. With its built on compressor, the ESDT floats the stud to provide weightlessness to protect against stud thread damage while incorporating programmed controls to accurately set stud insertion depths to protect against bottoming. Special torque reaction handles apply the break away torque to the vessel instead of the operator thereby improving worker safety.
Contact: Richard Hill, telephone: 908-276-3110, email: [email protected]
Curtiss-Wright Corporation has received orders from Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC to provide four generation II reactor coolant pumps and pump seals supporting the completion of Unit 2 of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Watts Bar nuclear power plant as well as long lead materials for drive rods for Units 1 and 2. Curtiss- Wright's Electro-Mechanical Corporation, part of its Flow Control segment, will engineer and manufacture the pumps, seals and drive rods at its Cheswick, PA facility.
The plan to complete Watts Bar Unit 2 is expected to last 54 months, with the reactor scheduled to enter commercial operation in early 2012. It would be the 105th nuclear power reactor in the United States. Westinghouse was the original supplier of the two Watts Bar reactors and CW-EMD was the original supplier of the reactor cooling pumps.
Contact: Arlene Corkhill, telephone: 714-982-1898, email: acorkhill@curtisswright. com.
ABWR Project Office
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and partner Hitachi GE Nuclear Energy (HGNE) are launching a new Global Unified Project Office at GEH's facility in San Jose, Calif., to offer the nuclear alliance's Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) to U.S. utilities considering building new power plants. The initiative will expand the alliance's portfolio of next-generation nuclear power plants for the U.S. energy market by offering the ABWR in addition to the Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) design currently being reviewed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for final design certification.
Contact: Elizabeth Kuronen, telephone: 910-675-6121, email: Elizabeth.kuronen@ ge.com.
Global Laser Enrichment (GLE), a subsidiary of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, has announced it has selected GEH's Wilmington headquarters site for a potential commercial uranium enrichment facility. The planned GEH plant would result in the creation of hundreds of new technical, operational and support jobs at the site between now and 2012.
GEH has exclusive rights to develop, commercialize and launch this third-generation uranium enrichment technology on a global basis, under a 2006 agreement with the original developer, the Australian company Silex Systems Ltd.
Before moving ahead with full-scale production plans, GLE will first evaluate the results of a demonstration test loop, which is currently under construction, and obtain an NRC license to build and operate the commercial plant. Commercial licensing activities are currently underway to support a projected start-up date of 2012.
Contact: Elizabeth Kuronen, telephone: 910-675-6121, email: Elizabeih.kuronen@ ge.com.
Jeff Telman joined Mammoet Group of Companies USA as Vice President. Steve Kenney is the new Sales Manager of Mammoet Nuclear Services Group.
Mr., Telman will be responsible for the sales of Mammoet's transportation, rigging and heavy lift crane solutions for the New Nuclear Power Projects to be built in North America.
Mr.. Kenney will be responsible for the sales of special transportation and customized rigging services for the existing Commercial Nuclear Power Projects and DOE facilities in North America.
Contact: Jeff Telman, telephone: 832-247-0860, email: jeff.telman@mammoet. com
AREVA, the world leading group in the nuclear energy field, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), a major player in global nuclear industry, have decided to enlarge their cooperation to the new area of fuel business.
Anne Lauvergeon, CEO of AREVA, met with Kazuo Tsukuda and Hideaki Omiya, respectively Chairman and President of MHI, in Tokyo. Anne Lauvergeon and Kazuo Tsukuda signed a Memorandum of Understanding to contemplate the establishment of a joint business organization for supply of PWR, BWR, MOX and Gas Reactor fuels. The implementation of this formation is expected by the end of 2008.
The scope of this cooperation agreement will focus on the Japanese market. According to the MOU, both parties will discuss MHI's potential investment in AREVA's US nuclear fuel fabrication facility.
Contact: Yohei Nishi, telephone: 412-374-3707.
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