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.
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.