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.
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.
On August 1, 2017, the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine [SNRIU] approved Holtec-built Chernobyl’s giant fuel storage facility [called ISF-2] for an integrated systems test. This cold testing phase is expected to transition to hot pre-commissioning testing in December of this year leading to fuel loading beginning in March 2018. The constructed facility, a proud symbol of Holtec’s construction management expertise, may be viewed online.
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.