On August 1, 2016, President Yuriy Nedashkovsky of Ukraine’s National Nuclear Energy Company, Energoatom, was the featured luncheon guest at the Atlantic Council, a premier think tank in Washington of which Holtec International is a member.
We are pleased to announce the completion of the design and safety analysis effort to enable the NUHOMS 24PT1-DSC canister to be up-righted and stored in the HI-STORM UMAX subterranean storage system in the vertical orientation. Analyses using NRC-approved simulation methods show that various safety margins either remain the same or are increased when the canister is translocated in HI-STORM UMAX. This effort was undertaken to unify the storage of all canister types in Holtec’s ultra-safe consolidated interim storage facility, known as HI-STORE, at the proposed ELEA site in New Mexico. Its successful execution opens the path to store all of the nation’s used fuel and other high level waste in a single inaccessible-to-terror configuration. Of course, this work can also be used to move a stored canister from NUHOMS to HI-STORM UMAX at an existing ISFSI for improved aging management, reduced accreted dose or security enhancement purposes. The principal ancillary needed to make the transfer from the horizontal to vertical storage is the “Canister Handling Apparatus” (perspective views shown below) designed to effectuate safe canister handling evolutions with ALARA. (more…)
We are pleased to report that Holtec’s turnkey project for installation and commissioning of an Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI), at Mexico’s national utility, Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Laguna Verde Nuclear Power Plant, is moving rapidly toward completion. Commencing with the contract signing in December of 2014, the Holtec and CFE project teams have completed all design and engineering, fabrication of major equipment and construction of the storage pad, as well as the Holtec’s patented subterranean Canister Transfer Facility (CTF), in just sixteen (16) months. The project is in the final stages of implementing the security systems to guard the ISFSI facility. (more…)
Senior local and New Jersey state officials, led by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, celebrated the “beam topping-off” ceremony, along with some 200 assembled county residents, members of the media and Holtec’s professionals hailing a major milestone for the Holtec Technology Campus (HTC). The last, approximately 115 foot-long girder, signed by most attendees, was hoisted into place completing the structural backbone of the Campus’ main fabrication plant. Holtec’s investment to build and equip the fifty-acre campus, now topping $300 million, has caused a boom in the local construction industry, which will evolve into long term jobs when the plant opens for business in less than a year. In addition to the Manufacturing Facility, construction is also progressing rapidly on the Corporate Engineering Office, a light Manufacturing Facility, a Small Modular Reactor test loop, and a number of ancillary amenities within the Campus. (more…)
May 19, 2016 was a momentous occasion at the Holtec Technology Campus in Camden, NJ. On that day, the first crane girder was installed – the drive girder for a 200 Ton crane (shown in motion). Assembly was complete on May 26, 2016. This crane, produced by DMAG, is the first of 12 cranes to be installed on the campus – 3 x 200 Ton cranes, 9 x 50 Ton cranes. A total lifting capacity of 1050 Tons! More than any other facility in New Jersey and possibly the United States. (more…)
This issue is adapted from a TVA news bulletin and a subsequent piece published by Nuclear News, on April 21, 2016.
Holtec and Sequoyah’s dry cask team safely and successfully loaded five HI-STORM FW dry cask storage systems on schedule, while remaining below dose goals, with no human performance events, no injuries, and no personnel contaminations. This is the first time that Sequoyah has used Holtec’s HI-STORM FW dry-storage cask system. The dry cask team prepared for several weeks leading up to the fuel loading campaign by performing dry rehearsals, to ensure the equipment worked properly and the procedures were correct. (more…)
Since the groundbreaking ceremony for the Holtec Technology Campus (HTC) on July 1, 2015 the project has been moving at a rapid pace. It took the Holtec / Joseph Jingoli and Sons construction team 4 months from that ceremony to transform the site of the historic New York Shipbuilding Corporation in preparation for the future – a state of the art campus, a center for technology innovation and manufacturing, employing Camden residents, with the hope of attracting other manufacturing companies to the area. Holtec acknowledges and respects the past as we move into the future. (more…)
Holtec’s Interim Spent Fuel Storage Facility (abbreviated as “ISF-2”) at the Chernobyl Industrial Site being built to house the used fuel assemblies from the site’s three shuttered reactors is nearing completion.
EDF Energy is inaugurating the United Kingdom’s first dry storage facility for spent nuclear fuel, allowing the continued safe operation of Sizewell B to at least 2035 and with the possibility of a further 20 year life extension.
We are pleased to announce that PSEG Fossil, a subsidiary of PSEG Power, has selected Holtec International’s state-of-the-art Air Cooled Condenser (ACC) for its Sewaren 7 high-efficiency combined-cycle generating station, in Woodbridge, NJ. The Sewaren ACC will feature 20 discrete heat transfer cells with a footprint of approximately 40,500 square feet and will stand approximately 125 feet tall. Vertically integrated to autonomously deliver air-cooled heat transfer solutions to the industry, Holtec will carry out all required engineering and equipment manufacturing, with limited reliance on third-party suppliers for certain components, such as blowers and deaerators, to ensure on-time deliveries. Photos below show sections of a recently completed ACC supplied by Holtec to a California site. (more…)