U.S. Army’s Missile Launcher Strikes HI‐STAR 180 with Pinpoint Accuracy: A Red Letter Day for Holtec’s Transport Cask Program

August 29, 2013, U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Grounds: As engineers from Axpo Power AG (Holtec’s client), the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI), the Swiss Association for Technical Inspections (SVTI) and Holtec watched, the U.S. Army’s missile launcher delivered a picture perfect strike to a scaled model of the HI-STAR 180 transport cask, sending it tumbling into a catch box just as intended by our test engineers. In accordance with the Swiss regulator’s storage certification requirement, this missile test was designed to simulate the impact of a crashing aircraft on the HI-STAR 180 transport cask while in use as a spent fuel storage device. The missile was designed by Holtec’s engineers to deliver the “design basis impulse” using LS-DYNA. Calibration of the missile’s kinetic performance was calibrated over a year ago at the Aberdeen facility by hurling the missile against a “rigid” wall serving as the target. The data collected from the cask test showed that the missile struck the cask at a velocity exceeding 600 miles per hour which was over 17% greater than the target value and the location of impact was precisely that determined to impart the maximum stress levels on the containment boundary and to conservatively challenge the cask containment (to induce leakage of the cask’s contents) by parametric simulations on LS- DYNA. (more…)

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Holtec Submits DOE Funding Application for SMR-160

Holtec International is pleased to announce that on July 1, the Company will submit its request for financial support to the Department of Energy pursuant to the Funding Opportunity Announcement #DE-FOA-0000800 dated March 11, 2013.

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Holtec and URS Initiate Alliance to Develop SMR-160

We are pleased to announce that URS Nuclear, a unit of URS Corporation’s Energy & Construction Division, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Holtec International that gives URS an important role in the development of Holtec’s small modular reactor.

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South Texas Project Selects Holtec’s HI-STORM FW Dry Spent Fuel Storage System

We are pleased to announce Holtec International has signed three separate contracts with STP Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC) for engineering services, equipment supply, and equipment installation for the South Texas Project (STP) nuclear facility. The facility is located on over 12,000 acres near Bay City, Texas, about 90 miles southwest of Houston. It consists of two Westinghouse Pressurized Water Reactors, which combined produce about 2,700MW each. (more…)

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Synatom and Holtec Sign Agreement to Develop a High Heat Load Inter-Unit Wet Transfer Cask for Tihange Nuclear Power Plant in Belgium
(from left to right) Mr. Robert Leclere, Synatom Chief Executive Officer; Mr. Wim de Clercq, Synatom Chairman; and Dr. Kris Singh, Holtec President and CEO, during the June 7th contract signing in Brussels

Synatom and Holtec Sign Agreement to Develop a High Heat Load Inter-Unit Wet Transfer Cask for Tihange Nuclear Power Plant in Belgium

We are pleased to announce the signing of a new contract on June 7, 2013 between Holtec and Synatom to develop, license, and supply a high capacity cask for inter-unit wet transfer of used fuel at Tihange NPP. Synatom, responsible for managing the entire fuel cycle of the Belgian nuclear power plants, selected Holtec following a competitive international bidding process. Holtec’s new cask, named the  HI-STAR 120, will be designed to comply with the essential requirements of an IAEA certifiable transport cask and will be licensed in Belgium by the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) for use at the Tihange site. Designed for transport in the wet (flooded) condition, the HI-STAR 120 cask will enable low temperature transport of fuel with as little as 24 months post-reactor cooling time. The design will account for the complex chemical, mechanical, and thermal interactions inherent to wet transport conditions. (more…)

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The First Loading Campaign at Spain’s Ascó Nuclear Plant is Complete

We are pleased to announce the first HI-STORMs have been loaded and placed on the ISFSI at ANAV’s Ascó Nuclear Power Plant in Tarragona, Spain. This two (2) HI-STORM campaign came to a successful close in May bringing the total number of HI-STORM systems loaded in Spain to fourteen (14). Ascó is a twin unit Westinghouse PWR, each unit is rated at approximately 1000 MW(e). The plant site is approximately a 2-hour drive from Barcelona in the country’s northeast region. (more…)

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We Announce the Largest Initial Loading Campaign in the U.S.

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DC Cook ISFSI after completion of the site’s first loading campaign

We are pleased to announce the successful completion of the largest initial loading campaign at an operating reactor in the U.S. On November 10th, the twelfth and final HI-STORM 100 cask for this campaign was successfully placed on the ISFSI pad at D.C. Cook Nuclear Power Plant (DC Cook). Completion of this loading campaign marks the close of the first campaign of a long-term project awarded by American Electric Power (AEP) to Holtec International (Holtec®) to assist AEP in establishing the dry spent fuel storage program at DC Cook. Holtec’s scope included performing many key facets of the engineering effort, fabrication of all ancillary equipment, fabrication of 16 HI-STORM 100 systems, completion of the NRC Dry Runs, and completion the loading operations for the first campaign at DC Cook. (more…)

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