We are delighted to welcome Bill Levis as Holtec’s President and COO starting in early October 2017. Dr. Kris Singh, who currently holds both the position of CEO and President will relinquish the President’s position in favor of Mr. Levis.
Holtec International and SNC-Lavalin have formalized an Agreement to partner in accelerating Holtec’s SMR-160 Small Modular Reactor program to develop and deploy SMR-160 power plants around the world. The partnership aims to vigorously accelerate the reactor system’s ongoing development and international licensing efforts by linking SNC-Lavalin’s world-class Nuclear team with Holtec’s SMR team. SNC-Lavalin’s Nuclear team, based in Mississauga, Ontario, is a nuclear engineering powerhouse, specializing in the design and supply of nuclear reactors as well as nuclear reactor products and services. SNC-Lavalin’s Nuclear team was greatly enhanced by the 2011 purchase of the commercial reactor division of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited along with the development and marketing rights to CANDU® reactor technology.
On June 29, 2017, the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) issued Certificate # E0 001060, which authorizes Energoatom to construct and commission a central storage facility in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in the north of the country, for the nation’s nine reactors (please see map above showing plant locations). The 45.2 hectares of allotted land for the storage facility will meet the nation’s storage needs for 100 years with ample reserve capacity. The facility will utilize Holtec’s HI-STORM 190 ventilated storage system (VVER counterpart of HI-STORM FW) with double walled canisters which will be transported to the central storage facility by a fleet of HI-STAR 190 casks. A pre-licensing release by SNRIU and an exhaustive QA-focused inspection by Energoatom in May 2017 enabled the manufacturing of the cask components to begin expeditiously at Holtec’s Pittsburgh and Camden plants. SNRIU Chief, Mr. Boris Stolyarchuk characterized his agency’s safety review as extremely detailed and comprehensive, encompassing a vast array of regulatory conditions and requirements.
On June 15, 2017 EDF Energy marked the successful completion of its 1st spent fuel loading campaign and a state-of-the-art new dry store at Sizewell B-UK’s first. The dry store uses Holtec’s double wall multi-purpose canisters and HI-STORM MIC casks (MIC stands for mega impact capable), tailored to meet demanding performance expectations such as vanishingly small dose near the cask array, 100-year licensed life and multiple barriers against threats and accidents of all kinds.
Officials of the Mitsubishi Electric Co. (Japan), their US subsidiary Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. (MEPPI) and Holtec (pictured above) held strategic alliance discussions at the Holtec Technology Campus in Camden, New Jersey to reinforce their resolve to forge ahead with renewed vigor to complete the licensing of SMR-160 and to broaden their cooperation.
Holtec International is pleased to announce the successful loading this past week of its 1,000th dry spent fuel storage system. Number 1,000 was the third cask in the ongoing loading campaign by Exelon at LaSalle County Nuclear Generating Station, bringing the total number of Holtec casks completed by Exelon to 224. The campaign continues on schedule, with low dose, no injuries and no human-performance events. LaSalle utilizes the Holtec HI-STORM 100 System with the MPC-68M (Multi-Purpose Canister), which incorporates the state-of-the-art Metamic HT basket for maximum heat rejection capabilities.
We are pleased to share with our readers astonishing improvements that have taken place in every metric of worker health and safety in our manufacturing facilities in the past two years. In 2015, Holtec began a focused strategic initiative to improve the environmental and occupational health and safety performance at all of the Company’s manufacturing divisions. Our primary focus was to enhance the quality of our safety program to proactively manage hazards in order to prevent incidents from occurring in the first place. The fundamental elements of our program improvements focused on employee participation, hazard recognition and mitigation, task oriented safety training, and safety procedures that exceed regulatory requirements and include best practices.