In a signing ceremony in London on December 17, 2019, EDF Energy’s Managing Director of Generation Mr. Matt Sykes hosted the signing of a Long-Term Agreement with Holtec International for the supply of casks and loading campaign services for Sizewell B. With the casks to be supplied under this Agreement, Sizewell B can continue to generate electricity until at least 2035 and EDF Energy can responsibly manage the long-term strategy for spent fuel discharged from Sizewell B.
In 2017, EDF Energy marked the successful completion of its first spent fuel loading campaign and a state-of- the-art new dry storage facility at Sizewell B, the U.K.’s first such facility. The dry storage facility uses Holtec’s double wall multi-purpose canisters and HI- STORM MIC casks tailored to meet demanding performance expectations, such as a radiation dose limit to the public ten times lower than the average public exposure, a 100-year license life, and multiple barriers of protection against threats and accidents. Subsequent loading campaigns will be performed every few years and 70 additional casks will be supplied under the agreement.
Holtec’s Senior Vice President of International Projects, Dr. Rick Springman, stated that “the dry fuel storage system at Sizewell B has been adapted to satisfy the U.K.’s stringent nuclear safety requirements and the needs of the station. This Agreement fortifies the strong relationship between the two companies and positions Holtec as a strategic partner to contribute to EDF Energy’s vision to be an efficient and responsible electricity company.”
EDF Energy is the U.K.’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas. It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and one coal power station, as well as with combined heat and power plants.