We are pleased to announce the launching of Team Holtec, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Holtec International, tasked with carrying out the decommissioning and dismantlement of shutdown nuclear plants by deploying the best technologies developed and honed by an elite group of North America’s top nuclear contractors. Team Holtec, LLC is working with the following nuclear companies with sterling reputations (in alphabetical order): Atkins with Faithful and Gould, Beckman & Associates, Inc., Black & Veatch, CN Associates, DP Engineering Ltd. Co., High Bridge Associates, Inc., GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Holtec International, Manafort Brothers, Inc., Northwest Demolition & Dismantling, Radiation Safety & Control Services, Sarens Group, Sargent & Lundy, Saulsbury Industries, Canada’s SNC-Lavalin, UTC-Edlow Nuclear Logistics, Inc. and Wachs Services. Additional members from Europe and Asia may be admitted as Team Holtec enters the overseas markets.
Dr. Kris Singh, the inventor of Holtec’s HI-STORM UMAX (U.S. Patent 8,625,732B2), was recognized at the 36th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony and Reception held on November 12, 2015 at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. The Research & Development Council of New Jersey established the Edison Patent Award to recognize and honor New Jersey’s immensely talented scientists and inventors. The HI-STORM UMAX patent was selected in the Public Health & Safety category.
In a ceremony presided by Ukraine’s National Nuclear Energy Generating Company (Energoatom) President Mr. Yuriy Nedashkovsky on October 28, 2015, Holtec International signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ukraine’s Turboatom for the latter to manufacture Holtec engineered ventilated storage casks to meet Ukraine’s domestic needs. The initial emphasis of this cooperative effort will be focused on Turboatom manufacturing and supplying HI-STORM 190 vertical ventilated casks for Ukraine’s Central Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility. Expansion of the cooperation agreement to supply casks to the countries in the region over time is also contemplated.
We are pleased to announce that on September 23, 2015, after completing the necessary design and safety studies, Holtec submitted the Safety Analysis Report (SAR) for the HI-STAR ATB 1T Transport Package to the U.S. NRC for approval as a Type B (U) package. HI-STAR ATB 1T is designed for transportation of radioactive non-fuel waste and hardware from reactor operations and decommissioning. The HI-STAR ATB 1T provides containment, heat rejection, and gamma shielding under all normal, off-normal, and accident events prescribed by the U.S. and IAEA regulations.
Holtec International and Westinghouse Electric Company today jointly announced they have signed a 10-year teaming agreement to provide pool-to-pad services to U.S. nuclear sites using Holtec’s dry cask spent fuel storage technology.
With this new teaming agreement, U.S. customers will benefit from Westinghouse’s experience as the industry leader in dry storage canister welding, coupled with Holtec as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) service provider. The combination offers cross-qualified experienced crew members to meet the growing demand for dry storage resources.
Captain Ed Mayer to Head Holtec’s ELEA CIS Program Envisioned to be World’s largest HI-STORM UMAX Facility
Fourteen years to the month, the technology that was inspired by the trauma of 9/11 was finally implemented at Ameren’s Callaway Nuclear Generating Station on September 2, 2015 when the first multi-purpose canister (MPC) was placed in a HI-STORM UMAX subterranean storage cavity. The loading of the first of six MPC-37s, the world’s highest capacity and heat load PWR canister made entirely of a corrosion-immune material (METAMIC-HT), in the HI-STORM UMAX storage cell by the Holtec site services team occurred in a smooth ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) operation. NRC personnel monitored the Ameren and Holtec team during the entire loading evolution noting no issues with the loading activities.
Callaway’s VP of Engineering, Mr. Tim Herrmann called this a milestone event and congratulated the entire team stating, “I appreciate the efforts of the whole team. And congrats on the first HI-STORM UMAX!” All of us at Holtec thank our colleagues at Ameren, especially Steve Ewens, Rich Lutz, Jim Mcinvale, Gary Roesner, Dave Shafer, Elizabeth Ptasznik, Corey Jutting, Tim Pettus, and Shannon Abel, whose cooperation and competence made this epochal success possible.
On August 11, 2015, President and CEO, Dr. Kris Singh, honored Mr. Oliver D. Kingsley Jr. (pictured below) with the “Energy Statesman” award, which is given to the most transformative figure in the nuclear power industry. The ceremony drew leadership of a majority of nuclear units in the U.S. as well as top executives from major architect engineers, constructors and the Nuclear Energy Institute.
We are pleased to report that the Safety Analysis Report (SAR) on HI-STAR 190 was submitted to the USNRC on August 7, 2015. HI-STAR 190 is the intended transportation cask to ship loaded canisters from around the country to Holtec’s planned Consolidated Interim Storage facility in Southeast New Mexico (ELEA). HI-STAR 190 (pictorial rendering shown below) is designed to transport all Holtec MPCs (multi-purpose canisters) including the MPC containing the extra-long fuel used at South Texas Project and the soon to be burned AP-1000 fuel (essentially all spent fuel from western light water reactors (LWRs)). HI-STAR 190’s counterpart to transport used fuel from VVERs, termed HI-STAR 190M, is also in an advanced stage of development by Holtec. HI-STAR 190M will be used to transport Holtec’s multi-purpose canisters known as MPC-31 and MPC-85, which are designed to package used fuel from VVER-1000 and VVER-440 reactors, respectively. HI-STAR 190M will be submitted to Ukraine’s national regulator, State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU), for licensing under IAEA regulations.
We are pleased to announce that Great Britain’s only PWR- Sizewell B- has received agreement from the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) to begin the inactive commissioning process (called “dry runs” in the U.S.) to prove out the dry storage implementation steps. This agreement to the release of a holdpoint (one of several that have to be satisfied before the system can be put into full operation) caps 30 months of an intense design and safety analysis effort by teams on both sides of the Atlantic and represents a significant milestone for UK’s first dry storage Project. Commenting on the achievement, EDF Energy’s Managing Director – Generation, Mr. Stuart Crooks (pictured on the right), said, “Trust, transparency and Teamwork have been the watch words for this project. You can achieve amazing feats of engineering and project delivery if everyone works as one team with a common goal of safety, reliability and quality. It has been and continues to be a true partnership.”
We are pleased to announce that Holtec has been awarded a contract for supply of the HI-STAR 100 dual-purpose metal casks for Koeberg Nuclear Power Station in South Africa. The contract between Eskom and Holtec was signed in May 2015, following a rigorous international bidding competition that lasted for over a year. Holtec will be supplying our proven HI-STAR 100 dual-purpose metal cask, designed for storage and transportation of Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) spent fuel assemblies. The HI-STAR 100 was first licensed for storage under 10CFR72 regulations in the United States in 1999, and for transport according to 10CFR71/TS-R-1 in 2000. In addition to the U.S. sites currently deploying the HI-STAR 100, Holtec has also licensed and supplied the HI-STAR 100 for the Spanish nuclear fleet where they will be put into service to transport fuel from the reactor-side storage facilities, to the central storage facility, currently under development by ENRESA.