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Holtec’s Advanced Manufacturing Division in Camden Motoring Along, Meeting Milestones

Holtec Technology Campus as seen from the International Space Station. Located north of the Walt Whitman Bridge, the large manufacturing center and seven story corporate engineering center can be seen on this image captured on March 22, 2017. Image courtesy of Alex Johnson.

Starting with just a few craftsmen in a small corner of the Light Manufacturing Plant in the summer of 2016, the Advanced Manufacturing Division (AMD) has blossomed into a substantial operation with significant growth projected through this year.

A Historic First for the U.K. Nuclear Industry

EDF personnel and Holtec’s Sizlon Business Unit personnel form a proud cluster in front of the first HI-STORM MIC Overpack.
Left to right: Holtec’s Sizlon Business Unit: Mike Pence, Stuart Moore, Eddie Nantz, James Delaney; EDF Energy: Danny Bailey,
Carl Greenwood and Richard Parlone.

On March 13, 2017, the UK’s first dry storage cask was placed inside Sizewell B’s Dry Fuel Storage Building at its designated location. The cask, known as HI-STORM MIC (the acronym MIC stands for Mega-Impact Capable), designed by Holtec in close cooperation with EDF Energy for a 100-year design life, was manufactured at Holtec’s Pittsburgh, PA plant. Not only is HI-STORM MIC a first for the UK, it also embodies many firsts in the realm of engineered safety for the global dry storage industry.

Holtec Wins the Turnkey Contract for Establishing the Dry Cask Storage Facility at Krško Nuclear Power Plant in Slovenia

We are pleased to announce the award of a severely contested contract for turnkey supply of a Dry Cask Storage Facility at Krško Nuclear Power Plant in Slovenia to Holtec International. NEK’s (Nuklearna Elektrana Krsko) initial decision to award the contract to Holtec in May 2016 was strenuously protested by Areva leading to nine months of independent expert reviews under the auspices of the country’s “National Review Commission”. “Slovenia’s process for an exhaustive and deliberative consideration of the aggrieved bidder’s representations is exemplary in respect of fairness and transparency. Unfortunately, the project schedule has been admittedly strained to accommodate this process,” says Dr. Richard Springman, Holtec’s Director of International Projects.

Committed to Camden, Making a Difference

Holtec, along with other companies moving into Camden, will help Camden recoup from the urban decay that has engulfed the once-thriving city over the last few decades.  Holtec’s efforts to make positive change in Camden are a multi-faceted strategy that includes hiring city residents, using local contractors, buying local goods and services, and frequenting local eateries. 

Safety, Continuous Improvement Make First Used Fuel Storage Campaign a Watts Bar Team Success

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A large, integrated team from across the site worked together to safely complete the first Watts Bar used fuel storage campaign during the past several weeks. The team, which included Watts Bar employees, Holtec and D&Z team members, and support from Sequoyah and Browns Ferry, loaded 222 used fuel assemblies into six massive storage cask (shown behind the team) below the overall project dose goal.

A very large and integrated team focused on safety and continuous improvement to successfully complete Watts Bar’s first used fuel storage campaign.

During a span of seven weeks, the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) team loaded and moved 222 used fuel bundles from the spent fuel pool into robust storage containers and then onto the seismically designed ISFSI pad.

Bolstering Public Health & Safety by Proto-Prompt Decommissioning of Closing Nuclear Plants

The risk of an accidental pool drain-down precipitating the dreaded specter of zirconium fire, while non-credibly improbable, stalks the decision-making process of every nuclear plant owner preparing to draw down its work force after ceasing operations.  Addressing this concern has led Holtec to develop the proto-prompt decommissioning strategy, which we are pleased to unveil below in this news bulletin.  The proto-prompt decommissioning envisages conversion of the plant to green field in roughly 5-1/2 years after a reactor’s shutdown.  Meeting this ambitious schedule requires that the pool be defueled by transferring its used nuclear fuel to dry storage in no more than 2-1/2 years after the reactor’s shutdown.

Reprising 2016 and Looking to the Future

Jupiter, Florida; In 2016, we completed 30 glorious years of operation. By every measure, our Company has performed spectacularly – growing employment at every one of the Company’s operation centers, rising sales,  soaring capital investment, increasing annual revenue, EBIDTA & net income, strengthening employee satisfaction scores, excellent nuclear quality and timely delivery metrics, a robust culture of innovation as measured by new patents issued to the Company and, above all, a worker safety record at our manufacturing plants and power plant sites that is among the best-in-class in the nation.