Ameren Missouri Selects Holtec International’s Technology for the Callaway Energy Center Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation

Callaway officials celebrate the signing of the Dry Storage contract: foreground: Mr. Cleve Reasoner, VP Engineering; from left to right: Mr. Steve Ewens, Project Manager; Mr. Shannon Abel, Manager, Major Projects; Mr. Tim Pettus, Supervisor, Major Projects; and Mr. Jay Skitt, Strategic Sourcing Analyst
Callaway officials celebrate the signing of the Dry Storage contract: foreground: Mr. Cleve Reasoner, VP Engineering;
from left to right: Mr. Steve Ewens, Project Manager; Mr. Shannon Abel, Manager, Major Projects;
Mr. Tim Pettus, Supervisor, Major Projects; and Mr. Jay Skitt, Strategic Sourcing Analyst

We are pleased to announce Holtec International has signed a long-term contract with Union Electric Company (d/b/a Ameren Missouri) to deploy an Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation at the Callaway Energy Center. Under the Client Engaged Turnkey contract, Holtec will complete all facets of the engineering, site construction, security, fabrication, as well as pool-to-pad loading services to establish the dry spent fuel storage program at Callaway, located near Reform, Missouri. (more…)

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Recover Lost Storage Capacity and Regain Reactivity Control Using Holtec’s Patented DREAM Inserts

We are pleased to report that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued patent number 8,158,962B1 to Holtec’s engineers for the design and method of installing the DREAM (acronym for “Device For REActivity Mitigation”) insert technology for used fuel storage racks. The DREAM insert serves to replace the neutron attenuation function of the degraded neutron absorber material in the host rack allowing the nuclear plant to recover the lost storage cells and also increase the criticality safety margins in the pool. DREAM inserts consist of precisely formed shapes of Metamic™ with remote handling features. Metamic is a porosityfree metal matrix composite of aluminum and boron carbide widely used for reactivity control in high density fuel storage racks and dry used fuel storage casks. (more…)

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499, 500, 501…

We are pleased to announce that loading of MPC number 500 recently occurred and quickly receded into history as Hatch, Browns Ferry, Farley, DC Cook, and Salem continued their loading campaigns.

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Read more about the article Nicholas Abraczinskas, Pankaj Chaudhary, Joy Russell, & Mark Soler Join Holtec’s Executive Leadership Team
From Left to Right: Mr. Mark Soler, Mr. Pankaj Chaudhary, Mr. Nick Abraczinskas, Ms. Joy Russell

Nicholas Abraczinskas, Pankaj Chaudhary, Joy Russell, & Mark Soler Join Holtec’s Executive Leadership Team

Declaring that “the time has come to augment our executive team to better manage our rapidly expanding operations and to recognize the contributions of our most distinguished company stalwarts,” Dr. Kris Singh, Holtec’s President & CEO, presented certificates commemorating the elevation of Nicholas Abraczinskas, Pankaj Chaudhary, Joy Russell, and Mark Soler to the position of vice president. All four are Holtec veterans, having served in the position of “Director” (a mid-management corporate position) in different divisions at the Company’s New Jersey operations center. (more…)

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Read more about the article Breakthrough in SMR-160 Core Design
Opti-Core Fuel Cartridge

Breakthrough in SMR-160 Core Design

We are pleased to announce that Holtec International's engineers and scientists have successfully modified the core of the Company's SMR-160 small modular reactor to increase the cycle life (operating period between successive refuelings) to nearly 4 years from 3-1/2 years previously achieved using a conventional design.

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License Application for HI-STORM UMAX, the Universal Underground Used Fuel Storage System, Submitted to the USNRC on June 29, 2012

We are pleased to announce the license application for securing the general certification of the HI-STORM UMAX, multi-purpose canister based storage system, was submitted to the USNRC last Friday, June 29, 2012. Engineered to store used fuel canisters in a below-grade configuration, HI-STORM UMAX is anatomically similar to the previously licensed HI-STORM 100U system, the development of which was prompted by the beyond-the-design-basis-threats in the wake of 9/11. HI-STORM UMAX is a larger version of HI-STORM 100U, with enhanced air circulation features and an increased cavity diameter to permit storage of any canister thus far in use at any site in the US. (more…)

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Licensing Submittal for HI-STORM UMAX, the Universal Storage Technology, Planned For This Month

We are pleased to announce the completion of the safety evaluation effort for the HISTORM UMAX (Underground MAXimum capacity) canister storage system (NRC Docket No. 72-1040). The licensing application submittal date is set for June 30, 2012. Underway since 2010, this effort was the subject of a pre-submittal briefing to the NRC’s Division of Spent Fuel Storage and Transportation (SFST) on Thursday, April 19, 2012 [see Holtec Highlights Issue HH27.03]. The licensing package being submitted to the USNRC incorporates the Staff’s inputs from the pre-submittal briefing. The submittal for HI-STORM UMAX has a rather modest objective of obtaining the certification of only the Vertical Ventilated Module (VVM), as it contains no new MPC designs. (more…)

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