We are pleased to inform our global clients and stakeholders that Holtec International has successfully completed its business plan to establish the infrastructure for super-accelerated decommissioning of retired nuclear power plants. Holtec stands ready to apply its innovative technologies to cut the “time delta” (the total time elapsed to release over 95% of the plant site (all except the temporary dry storage installation) for unrestricted use after the reactor’s final day at power) to six years or less. Such a proto-prompt decommissioning will shorten the time it has historically taken to dispose the corpus of a shuttered plant by a decade or more.
Holtec International has launched the licensing of an autonomous consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) in southeastern New Mexico. The facility, named HI-STORE CISF, will provide a significant step on the path to resolve the nation’s long standing used nuclear fuel storage issue by providing a safe, secure, temporary, retrievable, and centralized facility for storage of used nuclear fuel and high level radioactive waste. The HI-STORE CISF seeks to fulfill the goal to aggregate the used nuclear fuel canisters presently scattered across the country at dozens of independent used fuel storage installations into one suitable location, in preparation for future relocation to a final repository. The license application for the HI-STORE CISF was submitted to the USNRC on March 31, 2017 and accepted by the USNRC in February 2018 (USNRC Docket No. 72-1051). ELEA, a coalition of the cities of Hobbs and Carlsbad and the counties of Eddy and Lea, is the official host of the HI-STORE CISF.
The winning HI-STAR 100MB cask also completes Holtec’s fleet of transport casks for relocation of used fuel from decentralized storage facilities to the HI-STORE Central Interim Storage (CIS) Facility
We are pleased to report that HI-STAR 100MB [USNRC docket # 71-9378], designed to serve as a workhorse to transport hundreds of multi-purpose canisters in storage across the US to the consolidated interim storage facility, HI-STORE CIS, in New Mexico has won the international competition for deployment in China. As reported in the website (www.chinabidding.com), China’s premier nuclear energy owner/developer, ranked HI-STAR 100MB, as #1 in its evaluation of cask technologies for its domestic needs. HI-STAR 100-MB’s selection by China follows the long tradition of preference for the HI-STAR brand by our sophisticated overseas customers. In addition to domestic acceptance, earlier HI-STAR models and their overseas users are: HI-STAR 100 (Spain & South Africa), HI-STAR 63 (South Korea), HI-STAR 60 (China), HI-STAR 180 (Switzerland), HI-STAR 180D (Belgium), HI-STAR 180L (Switzerland), HI-STAR 80 (Sweden), HI-STAR 190 (Ukraine), HI-STAR 150 (Spain), and HI-STAR ATB1T (Sweden).
First conceived after the shock of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Holtec’s record of storing used nuclear fuel in a retrievable configuration below-the-ground is now 12 years old. In 2006, Humboldt Bay became the first plant to feature subterranean storage, which is so unobtrusive and produces such negligible dose that the path to the beach runs in close proximity to the ISFSI! The HI-STAR transportation systems stored at Humboldt are ready for shipment any time.
In a letter dated February 28, 2018, the USNRC notified Holtec International of its affirmative acceptance review of the license application for the proposed consolidated interim storage facility called HI-STORE CIS.
Camden, N.J. – February 28, 2018: We are pleased to announce that Holtec International and NAEK Energoatom, Ukraine’s national nuclear operator, have signed a Memorandum-of-Understanding that envisages Ukraine to adopt the SMR-160 technology to meet its projected needs for clean power in the latter half of the next decade.
On February 14th 2018, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH), Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF), Holtec International and SMR LLC announced a collaboration to advance the SMR‐160 small modular reactor. The SMR-160 is a single loop, 160 MWe pressurized light water reactor designed by Holtec to be “walk away” safe and commercially competitive.
The year 2017 will be remembered as a momentous year for our Company; it is the year when our 50-acre technology campus consisting of two heavy manufacturing plants and a modern seven-story office building on the Delaware River waterfront in the city of Camden opened for business. Some 800 friends of the Company from around the world joined us in the groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 7, 2017.
We are pleased to report that the HI-STORM UMAX independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) is built and ready to receive multi-purpose canisters at the SONGS site (please see an aerial view below; printed with permission from UxC, Volume 23, No. 1177, September 15, 2017).
On November 9, 2017, Ukraine’s national nuclear operator, NAEK Energoatom, led by its perspicacious President, Yuri Nedashkovsky, hosted the groundbreaking ceremony for the site construction of the Central Spent Fuel Storage Facility (CSFSF). The ceremony was inaugurated by Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister Volodynyr Kistion, and attended by hundreds of stakeholders, including people from the local region, ministers from the national government, executive management from the country’s nuclear regulator, the US ambassador to Ukraine, and many elites of the nation’s energy establishment. In their brief remarks Vice Prime Minister Kistion, Energy Minister Ihor Nasalyk, and Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee for Fuel and Energy, Viktoria Voytsitska, all spoke of the vital role of the country’s nuclear fleet as the anchor for the nation’s energy security and economic growth. US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch called the CSFSF a “strategic asset” for the country, and a tangible evidence of America’s solidarity with Ukraine. The billions of dollars in future savings to Ukraine’s treasury was also noted by the various speakers.