We are pleased to report that HI-STAR 190, designed with the lofty goal to transport used nuclear fuel produced by any commercial reactor, has received its initial certification from the USNRC and the Ukrainian regulator, SNRIU. The initial license by the USNRC includes Holtec’s largest canisters MPC-37 (PWR) & MPC-89 (BWR). VVER canisters MPC-31 & MPC-85 have been certified for transport in HI-STAR 190 by SNRIU. Other canister types, supplied by Holtec and other cask suppliers and in use at various nuclear plants, will be submitted for certification at a later date to meet our clients’ evolving needs.
Senior international, local, and New Jersey state officials joined over 700 assembled county residents, members of the media, and Holtec’s professional staff to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Krishna P. Singh Technology Campus in Camden, New Jersey. Named in honor of the Company’s founder, President and CEO, Dr. Krishna P. Singh, the nearly 50-acre campus features a large manufacturing plant, a light manufacturing plant, and a 7-story engineering office building.
We are pleased to report that the “peening R&D project” to armor San Onofre’s Multi-Purpose Canisters (MPCs) as part of an overall service life extension program has been successfully completed in collaboration with the Southern California Edison (SCE) company. After extensive prototype testing and validation, the first Canister entered production on August 23rd, marking the historic first for application of peening in the dry storage industry. The NRC has been kept apprised of the process development; the relevant ASME committee has also been briefed.
We are pleased to announce that SMR, LLC has been selected to receive support from the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) for continued development of the SMR-160. On June 26, 2017, SMR, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Holtec International, was awarded a $500,000 GAIN Nuclear Energy voucher. The voucher will be redeemed for access to expertise and capabilities at a national laboratory, accelerating the innovation of the Company’s small modular reactor.
We are pleased to announce that Holtec International has been selected to receive the 2017 Garden State Employment & Training Association (GSETA) Corporate Partnership Award. The award will be presented at the 35th Annual GSETA Workforce Development Conference this October.
Founded in 1975, GSETA has functioned as a forum for New Jersey’s workforce development professionals to share their expertise and to promote professional development. The mission of the Association is “to provide leadership, and promote quality and excellence for the advancement of New Jersey’s workforce and its customers and professionals.”
On August 8, 2017, in a private ceremony at the Hay-Adams Hotel, Holtec’s Dr. Kris Singh presented the Energy Statesman Award to Mr. Donald C. Hintz for his outstanding contributions to advance and nurture nuclear power and for his decades of distinguished service to the nuclear industry to ensure a safe and green energy option for America and the world.
Mr Hintz held executive positions of increasing responsibility at Entergy starting in 1989, becoming its President in 1999. He retired from Entergy in 2004 and has since then served as a member of Entergy’s Board of Directors.
From his perch at Entergy in the 90s, Don Hintz emerged as a transformative figure in the industry, leading Entergy to expand both the size and efficiency of its nuclear fleet through a series of canny acquisitions. Along the way, he built an impressive bench of nuclear management talent. Several attendees at the dinner spoke of Don’s role in reviving the struggling nuclear industry in the 90’s and the outsize role played by the Entergy alumni in rejuvenating nuclear plants around the country. In his brief remarks, Mr. Hintz called upon the US government to formulate a well-conceived government policy that recognizes the crucially important role for nuclear energy industry in the US, and to undertake steps to protect it from further decline.
According to the award’s charter, the awardee must have made significant contributions in the field of clean energy and be retired from active service, having essentially completed his/her body of work in the field. The honoree’s name on the plaque is made of the industry’s only nanotechnology-based material – Metamic HT. Prior recipients of Holtec’s Energy Statesman award are Mr. Michael Kansler and Mr Oliver Kingsley.
Entergy’s Vermont Yankee (VY), undergoing complete defueling of its pool as a prelude to decommissioning, has its second storage pad built by Holtec that will provide ample space to store all the remaining MPCs needed to make the reactor building free of fuel. It is with great pride that we announce the early completion of all major civil construction work associated with the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) expansion project at Vermont Yankee handily beating Entergy’s accelerated target schedule.