Earlier this month, the Holtec dry cask loading crew at Southern Nuclear’s Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant placed the eighth and final cask of the 2014 campaign on the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) pad. This accomplishment set a Southern Nuclear Operating Company fleet record for the most casks loaded in a single Used Fuel Loading Outage (UFLO). What’s more, Farley achieved a record lowest dose-per-cask accumulation in the fleet and earned a position in the industry’s top quartile (see the table below). This was Farley’s seventh UFLO campaign. The initial UFLO campaign was in 2005 and currently there are 29 HI-STORM systems with 928 fuel assemblies safely stored on the Farley ISFSI pads. All of the dry storage equipment in use at Plant Farley is manufactured at Holtec Manufacturing Division (HMD) located in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania.
Holt Floyd cited the great cross-functional effort by SNC alliance partners Holtec & PCI/Westinghouse along with SNC Maintenance, Health Physics, Operations, Reactor Engineering, Chemistry, Engineering Programs, Corporate Dry Storage, Nuclear Fuel and Nuclear Licensing as the reason for the success of the UFLO. “It was an ambitious effort and a model for what we can accomplish when we fully commit to a goal,” said Floyd, who took the position in December.
Holtec’s Site Services team has loaded more than 190 dry storage systems with over 130 scheduled for loading over the next 30 months.
Pictured below is the Holtec Loading crew supervisory team for Farley and SNC’s Holt Floyd, Farley’s Dry Cask Storage Project Manager.
The Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant, located near Dothan in southeast Alabama, is owned by Alabama Power and operated by Southern Nuclear Operating Company. It is one of three nuclear facilities in the Southern electric system.