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.