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Bedrock of U.S. Energy Security 28

By Michael Wallace, Constellation Energy

Nuclear Renaissance is Alive 30

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123 Agreement Challenges 35

By David Mulford, Credit Suisse

Optimal Operation Through R&D 42

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New Energy

Civil Nuclear


Remarks by President Barack Obama

in Hradcany Square, Prague, Czech

Republic on April 5, 2009:

“To achieve a global ban on

nuclear testing, my administration will

immediately and aggressively pursue

U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive

Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). After more than

five decades of talks, it is time for the

testing of nuclear weapons to finally be


And to cut off the building blocks

needed for a bomb, the United States will

seek a new treaty that verifiably ends the

production of fissile materials intended

for use in state nuclear weapons. If we

are serious about stopping the spread of

these weapons, then we should put an end

to the dedicated production of weaponsgrade

materials that create them. That’s

the first step.

Second, together we will strengthen

the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as a

basis for cooperation.

The basic bargain is sound: Countries

with nuclear weapons will move towards

disarmament, countries without nuclear

weapons will not acquire them, and all

countries can access peaceful nuclear

energy. To strengthen the treaty, we

should embrace several principles. We

need more resources and authority to

strengthen international inspections. We

need real and immediate consequences

for countries caught breaking the rules or

trying to leave the treaty without cause.

And we should build a new

framework for civil nuclear cooperation,

including an international fuel bank,

so that countries can access peaceful

power without increasing the risks of

proliferation. That must be the right

of every nation that renounces nuclear

weapons, especially developing countries

embarking on peaceful programs. And

no approach will succeed if it’s based on

the denial of rights to nations that play by

the rules. We must harness the power of

nuclear energy on behalf of our efforts to

combat climate change, and to advance

peace opportunity for all people.”

Clean Energy Park

AREVA, Duke Energy, UniStar

Nuclear Energy announced the start of

negotiations to develop an EPR reactor

for America’s first Clean Energy Park.

AREVA will be coordinating the

technical analyses needed to prepare the

plant construction permit and licensing

application which will be examined by

the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Duke will manage the project,

provide project oversight and serve as

the applicant for any NRC licensing


Unistar will provide its services and

expertise for the pre-certification process

of the EPR. It has also expressed

interest in having a stake in the future

nuclear power plants.

The 3700-acre Clean Energy Park in

which the plant could be built is located

on a Department of Energy site in Piketon,

Ohio. Duke Energy, AREVA, UniStar

Nuclear Energy, USEC Inc. and the

Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative

announced that they have formed an

alliance to pursue its development.

Contact: Susan Hess, telephone:

(434) 832-2379, email: Susan.Hess@

Scalable Nuclear


The Babcock & Wilcox Company

(B&W) plans to deploy a North Americanmanufactured,

scalable nuclear reactor.

The B&W mPower reactor design is

a passively safe Advanced Light Water

Reactor (ALWR) with a below-ground

containment structure. This optimized

ALWR represents true Generation III++

nuclear technology that B&W believes

can be certified, manufactured and

operated within today’s existing U.S.

regulatory, industrial supply chain and

utility operational infrastructure.

The new reactor will incorporate

important design and operational attributes

that will make it attractive for both

existing nuclear operating utilities as well

as other customers seeking to diversify

their power generation portfolio.

The scalable nature of nuclear plants

built around the B&W mPower reactor

would provide customers with practical

power increments of 125 MWe to meet

local energy needs within power grid and

plant site constraints.

B&W expects the use of proven

ALWR design features, together with a

passive safety philosophy, to minimize

plant licensing challenges, enhance safety

performance and contribute to reliable

plant operation.

The Nuclear Steam Supply System

(NSSS) would be manufactured in

existing B&W facilities in North America

and then rail-shipped to construction


B&W has formed a new business

unit, B&W Modular Nuclear Energy,

LLC, to lead the development, licensing

and delivery of B&W mPower reactor


Contact: Jud Simmons, telephone:

(434) 522-6462, email: hjsimmons@

(Continued on page 10)

8 Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009


Zachry offers full-service capabilities in

emerging U.S. nuclear market

At the dawn of a new generation of nuclear

power, Zachry uses its time-tested skills and

innovative thinkers to take nuclear into the

future. With full-service engineering and

construction capabilities, Zachry, including

its subsidiaries Zachry Nuclear, Inc. comprising

Zachry Nuclear Engineering, Inc. and Zachry

Nuclear Construction, Inc., brings 85 years of

construction expertise together with more

than 30 years of industry-specific engineering


Zachry Nuclear

“Zachry Nuclear is an exciting, emerging player

in the construction and engineering services

portions of the nuclear industry,” said Keith

Manning, Zachry Nuclear chairman. “Zachry’s

80-plus years of building major generation

units coupled with the strong technical service

capabilities of Zachry Nuclear Engineering is

proving to be a formidable combination.”

The formation of Zachry Nuclear and the full

integration of Zachry Nuclear Engineering gives

customers the unique option of a full EPC firm,

providing services ranging from early design

through startup.

“We build on our strong culture of safety,

collaboration and values in the revitalization of

the nuclear industry,” Manning said. “We stand

ready to serve our customers with cost-effective,

high-quality engineering, project management

and construction of both ongoing plant

modifications and new build nuclear.”

Zachry Nuclear Engineering

Zachry Nuclear Engineering provides engineering,

design and project management services to the

nuclear power industry through the skills

of experienced mechanical, electrical, controls,

civil and structural design professionals. Engineers

in both the Groton, Conn. and Chicago, Ill. offices

are experienced in power plant systems,

engineering analysis and modification package


“Zachry enjoys a long history of private

ownership with shared values,” said Mark Mills,

president of Zachry Nuclear Engineering. “We

look forward to a bright future and to strengthening

our relationships and capabilities with the

current fleet of operating nuclear facilities.”

Zachry Nuclear Construction

Zachry Nuclear Construction, based in San Antonio,

brings decades of experience in the power industry

to the forefront of nuclear unit construction. As

a top-ranked power provider, Zachry has led the

industry in quality, service and integrity for more

than 50 years.

“This industry represents a significant opportunity

for growth over the short- and long-term horizon

and is well-suited to Zachry’s existing strengths

in large-scale engineering and construction,” said

Ed Bardgett, president of Zachry Nuclear.

A true EPC provider, Zachry is engaged in the

planning, building and renewing of the world’s

most critical infrastructures including emerging

energy, power, cement, refining and nuclear

facilities. Zachry remains a family-owned,

privately held company whose values—Safety,

Commitment, Trust, Integrity, Service, Economy and

Skill—lead every decision, every time. Founded

in 1924, Zachry’s long list of experience has led

to more than 6,000 completed projects in the

United States and abroad.

As a collaborative, practical and visionary force,

Zachry is one of the largest direct-hire, merit-shop

contractors in the United States. Engineering

News-Record (ENR) ranks San Antonio-based

Zachry No. 23 in the Top 400 Contractors 2009;

No. 44 in the Top 500 Design Firms 2009; and as

a top firm in the power, fossil fuel and nuclear

markets. Please visit for more


Our force is built on decades of safely completing jobs with trust and integrity. As you look for a strong

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Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009 9

New Energy...

Continued from page 8

Netherlands Power


DELTA, Netherlands, will launch

the procedure that will eventually lead

to the application for a permit to build

a second nuclear power station near the

existing one at Borssele, Netherlands.

The site has been specifically earmarked

for this purpose. The procedure will be set

in motion by the submission of a start-up

memorandum to the Ministry of Housing,

Spatial Planning and the Environment.

The nuclear power plant is expected to be

operational in 2018.

“We definitely need nuclear power,

says DELTA’s CEO, Peter Boerma. By

2020 all of us will be using more electricity

than is generated. CO 2

emissions too are


Contact: M. van Zuilen, telephone: 31

118 88 20 41, email: persvoorlichting@

Nuclear Cooperation


United Kingdom’s Foreign &

Commonwealth Office Secretary, David

Miliband, commented on the signing of

a Nuclear Cooperation Agreement with

Jordan on June 22, 2009.

“The treaty between the UK and

Jordan commits the UK to helping Jordan

develop its civil nuclear program. If we

are to move the world to a low carbon

economy, then nuclear power needs to

be an important part of the energy mix.

But it needs to be developed in a safe and

secure way, and the UK is pleased to be

working with Jordan to achieve this.”

Contact: telephone: 00 44 20 7008


American Energy Act

U.S. Congressman Mike Pence,

Chairman of the House Republican

Conference, made the following

statement on the floor of the U.S. House

of Representatives regarding House

Republicans’ American Energy Act:

“The American economy is hurting.

Gasoline prices are on the rise, utility rates

threaten to go higher and pose an even

greater hardship on working families. The

American people are looking for answers

to these times and the challenges we face

in energy.

“Our energy solution focuses more

on domestic exploration for oil and

natural gas, a renewed commitment to

build 100 nuclear power plants in the

next 20 years, investments in renewables,

alternative energy technologies and

creating incentives for conservation.

“The American people want energy

independence and a cleaner environment

without a national energy tax. The

American Energy Act offered by House

Republicans is the answer the American

people are looking for.”

Contact: Matt Lloyd, telephone:

(202) 226-9000, email: matt.lloyd@mail.

STP 3&4

NRG Energy’s nuclear development

initiative, South Texas Project 3&4 (STP

3&4), was selected as one of only four

nuclear development projects advanced

by the Department of Energy in its

nuclear loan guarantee program (out of 18

total applications). This initiative is being

pursued through Nuclear Innovation

North America LLC (NINA), the joint

venture with Toshiba Corporation.

Contact: David Knox, telephone:

713.795.6106, email: David.Knox@

2010 Budget Legislation

The U.S. House Energy and Water

Appropriations Subcommittee approved

fiscal year 2010 budget legislation.

The following is a statement from Alex

Flint, the Nuclear Energy Institute’s

senior vice president for governmental

affairs, commenting on nuclear-related

provisions in the spending bill:

“NEI is heartened that the

committee increased, by $51 million,

the administration’s budget request for

the Nuclear Power 2010 program that

is a cost-shared, industry-government

partnership designed to reduce the

technical and regulatory uncertainties

associated with construction of advanced

nuclear power plant designs. Still, the

committee designation of $71 million

falls well short of the $121 million that the

industry intends to invest in the program

in fiscal 2010. We had expected DOE to

match that commitment to complete this


“NEI is also pleased that funding for

next-generation nuclear plants would rise

to $245 million, a 36 percent increase

from the current year. We welcome the

federal investment in next-generation

nuclear plants as recognition of nuclear

energy’s long-term role as a clean

electricity source.

“This budget plan, while it has a

number of positive aspects, could better

reflect the reality that nuclear energy is

our nation’s only expandable large-scale

energy source capable of producing

electricity around the clock without

emitting air pollutants or greenhouse


“The government can and should

do more to encourage construction of

the first group of the many new nuclear

plants that our nation needs to stimulate

economic growth, create jobs and help

meet the threat of global climate change.

Federal investment in nuclear energy has

proven its worth many times over.”

Contact: telephone: 202.739.8000.

Calvert Cliffs

The Maryland Public Service

Commission (PSC) issued a final order

approving an application for a Certificate

of Public Convenience and Necessity

(CPCN) for a proposed new nuclear

energy facility at Calvert Cliffs in Lusby,

Maryland. The application was submitted

by UniStar Nuclear Energy, LLC, a

strategic joint venture of Constellation

Energy and EDF Group.

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On June 1, 2009 Bechtel Construction

Company and the Building and

Construction Trades Department (BCTD),

AFL-CIO, the National Construction

Alliance II and all affiliated international

unions announced the approval of a

Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the

construction of Calvert Cliffs Unit 3.

The 1,600-megawatt reactor is

proposed to be built next to Constellation

Energy’s existing Calvert Cliffs facility

in Southern Maryland, and would

create up to 4,000 construction jobs and

approximately 400 permanent jobs.

Contact: Lori Vidil, telephone: (410)


University Program


U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu

announced nearly $9 million in awards to

support the next generation of American

nuclear energy development. Under the

Nuclear Energy Universities Program, the

Department of Energy will provide $2.9

million in scholarships and fellowships to

86 U.S. nuclear science and engineering

(NS&E) students, and will offer more

than $6 million in grants to 29 U.S.

universities and colleges in 23 states.

The Department is awarding 70

scholarships to U.S. undergraduate

students and 16 fellowships to U.S.

graduate students. Each scholarship

student will receive $5,000 to provide

cost of his or her education for the next

year. Fellowship recipients will receive

$50,000 a year over three years to help pay

for their graduate studies and research.

Students are expected to receive their

award funds by September 30, 2009.

More information about the Nuclear

Energy Universities Program, including a

list of students selected for scholarships

and fellowships and a list of selected

universities, is available at http://www.

Contact: telephone: (202) 856-4940,

fax: (202) 586-5823.


Reactor Pool Vacuum System Proves


Nuclear power generation plants have

realized significant savings in critical path

outage time, personnel radiation exposure

and associated costs through use of the

system in reactor pools during refueling


The idea for LUVS (Lightweight

Underwater Vacuum System) came in

the late 1990’s from a worker at the Palo

Verde Nuclear Generating Station, which

is the nation’s largest nuclear power

plant. While at PVNGS, Troy Wilfong,

a senior radiation protection technician,

was frustrated with current technology at

the time. Wilfong researched, prototyped

and tested the system that won a Nuclear

Steam Supply System TIP (Top Industry

Practice) award and was granted a U.S.

Patent in 2002.

Troy Wilfong

examines a LUVS

Control Pendant

Western Space and Marine, Inc. of

Goleta, California refined the design and

produces the commercial LUVS package

that is now in use at many nuclear

stations across the country. Exelon,

Duke Energy, Florida Power and Light,

Entergy, Dominion, Progress Energy and

British Energy all have taken advantage

of the LUVS technology to enhance their


The system is a compact, submersible

vacuuming system that is much easier

and faster to deploy than other vacuum

systems. It has been used to recover

objects ranging in weight from 2 grams

to 1 kg, although it can retrieve much

lighter and heavier objects. The LUVS

can capture particles down to a size of

100 microns, making it ideal for difficult

decontamination tasks such as vacuuming

rust, fuel particles, hot spots and crud


The successful use of the LUVS has

mitigated the disadvantages associated

with using remote grippers and other

existing vacuum systems. The system

greatly reduces the possibility of dropping

objects below the core barrel flow plate

by lifting the objects into the vacuum

system. The average time to deploy and

recover foreign objects using the LUVS

system has been about an hour or less,

compared to up to 24 hours or more of

critical path time using remote grippers

or hose-connected underwater vacuum

systems. Fewer man-hours expended

results in less personnel exposure and

lower outage expense.

For more information contact WSM

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Utility, Industry & Corporation


Climate Control

DTE Energy Chairman and CEO

Anthony F. Earley, Jr. said that for the U.S.

to achieve ambitious targets of reducing

carbon dioxide emissions, nuclear energy

will be one of the most effective climate

control strategies for the nation’s electric


Speaking at The National Summit,

a three-day meeting in Detroit featuring

prominent business, government and

academic leaders, Earley said that nuclear

energy will play a crucial role not only

in addressing global climate change, but

also in meeting the country’s growing

electricity needs.

Nuclear energy provides clean,

reasonably priced electricity at extremely

high levels of safety and reliability,” he

said. “In 2008, the U.S. fleet of nuclear

plants operated at just over 90 percent

capacity - the highest level ever. Nuclear

power has proven itself safe, clean,

reliable and affordable. And that’s with

a generation of plants designed in the

1960s and 1970s.”

Contact: telephone: (313) 235-5555.

Power Uprates

An approximate 38-megawatt increase

in output at an Exelon Nuclear plant in

June, 2009 launched a series of planned

power uprates across the company’s

nuclear fleet that will generate between

1,300 and 1,500 megawatts of additional

generation capacity within eight years

without turning a spade of earth, Exelon

Nuclear President and Chief Nuclear

Officer Charles (Chip) Pardee said.

The first of the new, carbon-free

nuclear megawatts was officially confirmed

following equipment upgrades at Exelon’s

Quad Cities nuclear plant near Cordova,

Illinois. Other uprate projects are

underway and Exelon plans to have the

full measure of new megawatts on the

grid by 2017.

Contact: Marshall Murphy, telephone:

(630) 657-4206.


Transuranic Waste

Cleanup of the nation’s defenserelated

transuranic (TRU) waste has

reached an important milestone. The

first shipment of remote-handled (RH)

TRU waste from Los Alamos National

Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico

arrived safely in June, 2009 at the US.

Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste

Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in the

southeast corner of the state.

WIPP’s mission includes the safe

disposal of two types of defense-related

transuranic waste, contact-handled (CH)

and RH. The waste consists of tools,

rags, protective clothing, sludges, soil

and other materials contaminated with

radioactive elements that have atomic

numbers greater than uranium.

Contact: Roger Nelson, telephone:

(575) 234-7213.

Quality Assurance


EPRI’s Joint Utility Task Group

(JUTG), together with the American

Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Nuclear

Quality Assurance Committee, developed

criteria that will be included in the 2009

Addenda to ASME’s NQA-1 standard,

and will subsequently be endorsed by

the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The NQA-1 Standard will be the baseline

quality assurance requirement for all new

nuclear construction in the United States,

and is currently the baseline quality

assurance standard used by more than

35% of the operating nuclear units in the

United States. The NQA-1 2009 Addenda

is scheduled for publication this summer.

Working to a compressed schedule,

the team developed criteria that are

not only consistent with existing

federal regulations and EPRI guidance

originally developed for licensees, but

are also designed to meet the needs of

manufacturers and non-commercial

power sectors of the industry (such as

the Department of Energy) that employ

the NQA-1 Standard to ensure effective

quality assurance.

Contact: Marc Tannenbaum, telephone:

(704) 595-2110, email: mtannenbaum@


During a visit to Rome in May, 2009

to participate in the G8 Energy Ministers’

Meeting, Japan’s Minister of Economy,

Trade and Industry Toshihiro Nikai and

Italian Economic Development Minister

Claudio Scajola signed a memorandum

of nuclear cooperation.

The memorandum pledges that the

two ministries would work together to

develop nuclear power generation in the

Republic of Italy. Italy had deactivated all

its reactors two decades ago after a public

referendum that banned the use of nuclear

power in the country.

The cooperative activities listed in

the memorandum include: (1) exchanging

information, (2) supporting preparation

for and carrying out of development

of nuclear generation, (3) developing

human resources, (4) supporting nuclear

public information activities and (5) other

activities for the promotion of peaceful

uses of nuclear energy to be decided by

both sides. The term of the memorandum

is initially three years, and is subject to

extension upon mutual agreement.

Contact: Japan Atomic Industrial

Forum, Japan, website:


Yucca Mountain Hearing

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s

Atomic Safety and Licensing

Boards (ASLBs) have granted a hearing

on the Yucca Mountain license application,

admitting eight petitioners as parties

and a total of 299 contentions on safety

and environmental issues.

In a 153-page order issued, the

ASLBs, designated as “construction

authorization boards,” granted the

petitions to intervene filed by the states

of Nevada and California; the Nuclear

Energy Institute; Nye County, Nevada;

Clark County, Nevada; White Pine

12 Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009

County, Nevada; Inyo County, California;

and a joint petition filed by Churchill,

Esmeralda, Lander and Mineral counties,

Nevada. The Boards ruled that these

petitioners demonstrated standing and

raised at least one admissible contention

regarding the application.

Contact: telephone: (301) 415-8200,



Safety I&C Agreement

AREVA and VNIIAES, Russia,

signed a cooperation agreement in the

field of safety Instrumentation and

Control (I&C) systems for the first four

VVER-type reactors to be built in Russia

as part of the country’s new build fleet

program. The agreement refers to two new

1200 MWe reactors on the Novovoronezh

and Leningrad existing sites, located

respectively in the west and south-west

of Russia. In the frame of this agreement,

the companies signed a first engineering

contract as well as a letter of intent (LOI)

for the delivery of contracts to come.

Contact: Julien Duperray, telephone:

33 1 34 96 12 15.

Transport Operation

The largest transport operation in

the history of Babcock Noell GmbH,

Germany, has been successfully completed.

The containment liner planned by Babcock

Noell for a new-build nuclear power

station was transported by sea from Poland

to Finland.

On May 4, 2009, the containment

liner for the nuclear power station in

Olkiluoto arrived on the construction site

in good order. The component, including

its transport substructure, weighs 350

tons and is 15 m tall. The diameter of the

dome is 47 m.

In Finland, the 200 ton dome was

lifted off the pontoon and the transport

substructure using an enormous crawler

crane before being carefully transported

to the pre-assembly site in a 10-hour

operation at a maximu speed of 30 m per

hour, and lowered into place.

The schedule of the milestones for

loading, shipping, unloading and release

for further work was stuck to exactly, so

that the planned date for lifting the dome

into place to complete the containment

at the end of August 2009 is now almost

within reach.

Contact: telephone: 49 931 9030,

fax: 49 931 9036000, email: info@


In order to meet the continued

demands of the power generation market

and to position the company for growth

within the southeastern United States,

Burns and Roe Enterprises, Inc.

announced that the firm is expanding their

Southeastern operations and opening a

new office to be located in Chattanooga,


The opening of this office is the

most recent step in a series of corporate

strategic initiatives to increase the firm’s

public, private and federal government

service capabilities throughout the US

and worldwide. Approximately 20 to 40

employees are being hired or transferred

to the Chattanooga office as part of this

initial expansion. This staffing expected

to increase over the next six months to a

year as business opportunities materialize.

Current plans call for the hiring of up to

100 to 200 additional staff in the future.

Contact: Donald Flood, telephone:

(201) 986-4623.


Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company,

the flow control segment of Curtiss-Wright

Corporation, has acquired the assets of

Modumend, Inc. for $2 million. Modumend

repairs and refurbishes obsolete power

supplies for both foreign and domestic

clients in the nuclear, fossil and non-power

industries. It will be integrated into Curtiss-

Wright Flow Control Company Nuclear

Group within the Scientech business unit.

Contact: Sharon L. Dey, telephone:

(703) 286-2011, email: sdey@

Technology Corporation

Curtiss-Wright Flow Control

Company has acquired all of the stock

of Northeast Technology Corporation

(NETCO) and an exclusive worldwide

license of the NETCO Snap-In

technology for a total of $3.5 million

in cash. NETCO provides engineering

analysis, software development,

laboratory testing services and in-plant

testing, and specializes in spent fuel

management for the nuclear power

industry. NETCO will become part of

Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company

Nuclear Group’s Scientech business unit.

Contact: Sharon L. Dey, telephone:

(703) 286-2011, email: sdey@

Health Physics Support

Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)

has awarded DeNuke a competitively bid

Basic Ordering Agreement for health

physics support over the next year, with

three one year options. The objective of

the statement of work is to support ANL

in carrying out specific work projects

funded by the American Recovery and

Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

DeNuke will provide DOE Core Qualified

Radiation Control Technicians (RCTs),

RCT supervisors, and Health Physicists

who will perform radiological safety

monitoring, documentation, and related

services for the duration of those ARRA

funded projects.

Contact: Fred Gardner, email:

Development Agreement

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH)

announced it has signed a nuclear power

plant development agreement with

India’s top engineering and construction

company, Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (L&T).

The agreement with L&T is an

important part of GEH’s strategy to

establish an extensive network of local

suppliers to help build a future GEHdesigned

Advanced Boiling Water

Reactor (ABWR) power station in India.

The power station is one of several being

planned by India to increase the country’s

nuclear generation capacity more than

tenfold over the next two decades—

from 4.1 GW to 60 GW by 2030. The

nuclear power initiative is a key part of

India’s broader plan to expand its energy

infrastructure to meet the country’s

surging demands for electricity.

GEH’s MOU with L&T is one of

the first preliminary nuclear technology

trade agreements to be announced by a

U.S.-majority owned company since the

United States and India adopted a civilian

nuclear energy accord in October 2008.

Contact: Ned Glascock, telephone:

(910) 675-5729, email: Edward.

(Continued on page 16)

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Continued from page 13

Certified Supplier

L-3 MAPPS, Canada, was named an

AREVA Certified Supplier for its nuclear

power plant simulators and services.

Michael Chatlani, vice president of

marketing & sales for L-3 MAPPS Power

Systems and Simulation, accepted the

award from AREVA’s chief executive

officer Anne Lauvergeon in a ceremony

held in Washington D.C. on June 4,


The AREVA Certified Supplier seal

of approval reflects 25 different criteria

that AREVA requires of its key suppliers,

such as:

• the quality of the products and/or


• the capacity to offer the best market

price and production schedules,

• dedication to project management,

safety, security, and the protection of

the environment,

• development potential in R&D and

innovation, the commercial approach

and capacity to tackle new markets.

Contact: André Rochon, telephone:


Simulator Order

L-3 MAPPS, Canada, has won

a second simulator order for China’s

Hongyanhe nuclear power plant from

Liaoning Hongyanhe Nuclear Power

Co. Ltd. (LHNPC), the plant owner and

operator. The second simulator is for

operator training for Hongyanhe plant’s

third and fourth units. Preparatory work

on the simulator will start immediately,

and it is expected to be in service in the

spring of 2011.

L-3 MAPPS is providing the process

simulation and virtual back-up panels

while China Techenergy Co. Ltd. (CTEC)

supplies the non-safety Digital Control

System (DCS), emergency control room

panels and the staging facility in Beijing

where the simulator will be integrated

and tested prior to delivery to LHNPC.

Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

(MELCO) will provide the simulator’s

safety DCS. As units 3 and 4 are twins

of the first two units under construction

at the Hongyanhe site, the plant process

simulation will be based on the models

for the Hongyanhe full scope simulator

for units 1 and 2 which are already under

development by L-3 MAPPS.

Contact: André Rochon, telephone:


Asset Management

UK government policy is encouraging

a low carbon economy where nuclear

energy along with other low carbon

energy sources such as renewables,

have a critical role to play in providing

a balanced energy mix for the UK’s

energy needs. The recent acquisition of

British Energy by EDF provides a strong

commitment to the nuclear new build

program, and a need to demonstrate to

stakeholders and the wider community,

that current and planned nuclear assets

are managed safely and appropriately.

In a process lasting two years, British

Energy benchmarked its business against

the BSI Publicly Available Specification

55 (PAS 55-1:2008), provided through

Lloyd’s Register EMEA, United

Kingdom, for asset management. Applying

this specification at all of its nuclear

power stations, British Energy is the first

nuclear operator to successfully achieve

this certification, an approach that has

helped manage the return to service of its

reactors at Hartlepool and Heysham.

Contact: Jason Knights, telephone:

44 (0)20 7423 1741, email: jason.

New U.S. Subsidiary

Robatel announced the formation of

a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Robatel

Technologies LLC, based in Roanoke,


Robatel Technologies LLC will

target the U.S. commercial and federal

nuclear markets with an initial focus on

the Department of Energy MOX project

located at the Savannah River site in

Aiken, South Carolina.

Robatel Technologies will initially

offer design engineering and fabrication of

nuclear fuel casks, glove boxes, modular

hot cells, heavy shielded components and

specialty turnkey installations associated

with nuclear fuel or waste processing.

Contact: Teo Grochowski, Jr.,

telephone: (540) 989.2878.


Qualification Testing

Scientech, a provider of Environmental

Qualification services to the global

nuclear power industry, announced its

recent agreement with ATS (Assurance

Technical Services, Inc.) to become the

exclusive provider of harsh environmental

qualification testing in support of Scientech’s

Environmental Qualification Services.

This agreement adds a specialized

capacity to successfully meet the more

extreme postulated accident requirements

for new Generation III+ nuclear reactor

designs currently being qualified.

Contact: Tom Bernacki, telephone:

(860) 409-0513, email: tbernacki@

Radiation Monitoring

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced

that its Radiation Measurement

and Security Instruments (RMSI) business

has completed its 12th annual radiation

monitoring techniques training course

outside of Kiev, Ukraine, and within the

vicinity of the Chernobyl nuclear power

plant. The seminar and workshop (May

31-June 6, 2009) was designed to provide

participants with the latest guidance

on environmental, source, personnel and

equipment monitoring in case of a nuclear

or other radiological emergency.

The session’s field exercise segment

took place in the Exclusion Zone which

is the 30-km (19-mile) area surrounding

the site of the Chernobyl nuclear

power reactor that experienced a major

radiological disaster in 1986.

Contact: Nicole Kelly, telephone:

(440) 703-1511, email: Nicole.kelly@


Waste Storage

Waste Control Specialists LLC

(WCS) announced that on June 8, 2009

its Andrews County facility began storing

low-level radioactive waste received

from Studsvik, Inc., a Tennessee-based

waste processor. The interim storage at

WCS’ facility in Andrews County of this

thermally processed Class B and Class C

low-level radioactive waste will greatly

reduce the risk and administrative burden

of generators when compared to the use

of multiple storage facilities across the

United States.

While the interim storage of the

Studsvik material is authorized under

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WCS’ storage license, the Texas Low-

Level Radioactive Waste Compact

Commission (Compact Commission)

must approve any permanent disposal

of the material at the Compact waste

disposal facility in Andrews.

Contact: Rickey Dailey, telephone:

(512) 708-8655.

Vacuum System

In April, 2009, Florida Power and

Light took delivery of their third Western

Space and Marine, Inc. (WSM) LUVS

Lightweight Underwater Vacuum System.

Bob Hanke of Florida Power and Light

reports to WSM that the LUVS equipment

is a very effective tool for general foreign

object removal and especially in dry cask

work. This fourth generation design will

be used for training purposes at St. Lucy

and Turkey Point facilities.

Contact: Scott Millard, telephone:

(805) 968-3831, e-mail at luvs_info@

AP1000 in India

Westinghouse Electric Company

will begin discussions with Nuclear

Power Corporation of India Ltd., (NPCIL)

with a goal of reaching agreement on the

deployment of Westinghouse AP1000

nuclear power plants in India.

The announcement followed signing

of a memorandum of understanding by

Dr. S. K. Jain, Chairman and Managing

Director of NPCIL, and Westinghouse

President and CEO Aris S. Candris. In

making the announcement, Dr. Candris

said it is logical for the two companies

to work together to further expand India’s

already robust nuclear power industry.

Contact: Vaughn Gilbert, telephone:

(412) 374-3896, email: gilberhv@

Chief Information Officer

Dr. Gerard Macioce has been

appointed to the position of Chief

Information Officer at Westinghouse

Electric Company. Dr. Macioce

previously served as the director, Systems

Enterprise Integration for Nuclear Power

Plants at Westinghouse.

In his new role, Dr. Macioce will be

responsible for the overall development

and implementation of the IT strategic

plan to support Westinghouse’s global

operations. He will ensure that highpriority

business initiatives are enabled

with both strategic and cost-effective

IT delivery systems and skilled


Dr. Macioce holds a PH.D. in Information

Systems and Communications.

Dr. Macioce is a certified Project Management

Professional and a member of

Duquesne University’s Information Management

Systems Advisory Board.

Contact: Vaughn Gilbert, telephone:

(412) 374-3896, email: gilberhv@

N-Vision Winners

Westinghouse Electric Company

announced its winning entries for its

N-Vision Forms of Energy Contest. The

High School winning video came from

Butler Senior High School located in

Butler, Pennsylvania, and was produced

by the school’s 11th and 12th grade

Television Production class. The Middle

School winning video came from

McKinley Middle School in Racine,


Administered through the company’s

speaker’s bureau, N-Vision, the contest

is designed to encourage young persons

to think about energy in the context

of worldwide political, economic and

environmental realities.

Specific guidelines can be found on

the Contest Application on Westinghouse’s

website at: www.westinghousenuclear.

com and under the “Community” section/

Student Video Contest on Forms of


Contact: Vaughn Gilbert, telephone:

(412) 374-3896, email: gilberhv@

Westinghouse Japan

Westinghouse Electric Company

announced the formation of Westinghouse

Electric Japan, a new organization

that will provide a single focal point for

all Westinghouse products and services

manufactured, sold or procured in Japan.

Westinghouse also announced that it has

appointed Jack B. Allen, currently senior

vice president of Westinghouse Electric

Company, as president and CEO of the

new entity.

In making the announcement,

Westinghouse President and CEO Aris

Candris said the formation of Westinghouse

Electric Japan is consistent with

Westinghouse’s effort to build closer relationships

with an expanding global customer


Contact: Thomas Meston, telephone:

( 412) 298-6350, email: mestontm@

Zachry Nuclear


Zachry announces that Proto-

Power Corporation, a leading nuclear

engineering firm, has become Zachry

Nuclear Engineering, Inc. with its full

integration into the Zachry family of

companies under the subsidiary, Zachry

Nuclear, Inc.

Zachry Nuclear Engineering will

join Zachry Nuclear Construction,

Inc. of San Antonio, to form Zachry

Nuclear, combining 34 years of nuclear

design experience and 85 years of power

construction expertise. Together they

will provide services from design to

construction in one of the world’s most

vital power industries.

Zachry Nuclear Engineering will be

managed by Mark B. Mills, president;

Robert J. Atkisson, director, business

development; Paul H. Collette, director,

engineering; and Thomas F. McCarthy,

director, projects. Kenneth A. Ewell,

former president of Proto-Power, has

been promoted to chief nuclear officer of

Zachry Nuclear.

Contact: Lydia Adams, telephone:

(210) 588-6795, email: adamslr@zhi.


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New Products, Services & Contracts

New Products

Power Plant Control

Alstom has launched ALSPA ® Series

6, a new suite of power plant control and

automation technology that uses the latest

state-of-the-art technology to give power

plant operators complete and efficient

control of their plant – from individual

equipment such as turbines, right through

to the whole power station.

The ALSPA ® Series 6 Control

System takes advantage of Alstom’s

extensive experience in power plant

control, integrating the latest technologies

for the benefit of the customer. ALSPA ®

Series 6 encompasses all the operation,

management, maintenance, automation

and safety functions that a modern power

plant needs.

Central to Series 6 is ALSPA ®

CONTROPLANTTM, the state-of-theart

plant automation system, based on

a flexible, modular and open real-time

architecture (based on Ethernet Power

Link) and designed in line with the trend

toward increasing data centralisation.


used from small systems to large complex

systems in power station or industrial

applications to control, optimise and

protect all types of power plants and their

turbines – whether thermal, hydro or


Contact: Susanne Shields, telephone:

33 1 41 49 27 22, email: susanne.shields@

Multi-Channel Analyzer

The ORTEC ® business unit of

AMETEK Advanced Measurement

Technology (AMT) has introduced the

DigiDART-LF, a portable “SMART”

multi-channel analyzer (MCA) for

sodium iodide (NaI TI), lanthanum

bromide (LaBr 3

:Ce) and other scintillation


The rugged, lightweight DigiDART-

LF is completely operable without a PC.

It can perform a variety of measurements

directly in the field or on site and store

a large amount of spectra in an internal

memory. Its built-in backlit LCD display

and control keypad create a live display

as data is acquired. An advanced, lowpower

design provides the DigiDART-LF

with digital stability, high data throughput

and up to twelve hours of operational life

from a single battery charge.

Contact: Susie Brockman, telephone:

(865) 483-2124.


ORTEC® announced the release

of the DigiBASE-E, an all-in-one highperformance

Digital Gamma Spectrometer

for scintillation detectors, built into a

standard 14-pin photomultiplier tube


The DigiBASE-E can operate

at ultrahigh count-rates, consuming

very low power. High maximum

throughput is available through the use

of a new trapezoidal filter with lower

dead-time per processed pulse. The

instrument features an Ethernet (PoE)

communications interface from which

it can be conveniently powered, making

network implementation simple.

The DigiBASE-E can be used in a

wide variety of radiation spectroscopy

applications and features both the

conventional pulse height analysis mode

of data acquisition as well as the powerful

list mode. Flexibility in data acquisition

gating logic and the provision of a 32-bit

counter channel makes the DigiBASE-E

a drop-in solution for a wide variety of

application situations.

Contact: Susie Brockman, telephone:

(865) 483-2124.

Air Purifying Respirator

UniTech Services Group added

the MAXAIR Powered Air Purifying

Respirator (PAPR) to its line of nuclear

protection products. MAXAIR provides

superior respiratory protection anywhere

workers may be exposed to heat stress

or contaminated air. Its design provides

complete protection from airborne

particulates and splashes. UniTech is the

exclusive authorized nuclear industry

distributor of the NIOSH-approved

powered air-purifying respirator.

The MAXAIR system features a

helmet, disposable HE filter, filter cover,

and choice of disposable cuff or shroud.

LED visual safety indicators display realtime

information on remaining battery

life and airflow. Compared to traditional

PAPRs, MAXAIR is 33% lighter, making

it more comfortable to wear for long

periods of time. Its patented hose-free

design allows for increased freedom of

movement and prevents workers from

getting caught or snagged on objects in

the work area.

Contact: Gregg Johnstone, telephone:

(413) 543-6911, email: GJohnstone@


Design & Construction

Tetra Tech experts are involved

with the design and construction of more

than 20 nuclear power facilities. Current

staff includes engineers, consultants, and

construction and procurement specialists

experienced with the unique requirements

of the industry. Tetra Tech has the

proven tools and processes to support

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all levels of nuclear quality assurance

services including an approved ASME

NQA-1 Quality Program and an ASME

Section III, Division 1 and Division 3

Quality Program supporting its N-Stamp


Tetra Tech is a provider of nuclear

power plant re-licensing services in

the United States, a provider to both

utilities and other engineering firms in

the preparation of license applications for

new nuclear power plants.

Contact: Talia Starkey, telephone:

(626) 470-2332, email: talia.starkey@


Steam Generator


AREVA, teaming up with Korean

contractor, DAELIM Industrial Co.,

Ltd., has been awarded a contract by

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Ltd.

(KHNP), South Korean nuclear power

plants operator to replace the 6 steam

generators on the Ulchin 1 & 2 NPPs

during outages planned for 2011 and


For the purposes of this project,

a consortium has been set up, jointly


Original Equipment Manufacturer will

lead the consortium and perform the

primary system and licensing operations

in cooperation with KHNP and Korea

Power Engineering Co., Inc. (KOPEC).

DAELIM will implement all the

secondary and local activities associated

with this project.

Contact: Julien Duperray, telephone:

33 1 34 96 12 15.

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Simulator Contracts

The THOR engineers at Corys

Thunder, Inc. (CTI) are keeping busy

with several new Reactor Coolant

Systems (RCS) and secondary plant

upgrade projects. Duane Arnold and

Columbia nuclear plant simulators had

previously installed the THOR advanced

thermal hydraulics models for the primary

system. Both have now contracted CTI to

extend the high fidelity THOR models to

encompass the secondary plant, including

the main steam, turbines, condenser,

condensate, and feedwater systems. The

Peach Bottom and Robinson simulators

have awarded CTI a contract for upgrading

the primary system models with THOR.

Seventy percent of the nuclear plant

simulators in the U.S. are now running

THOR for the primary and/or secondary

systems. The THOR models are the most

widely installed and most thoroughly

tested models in the industry.

Contact: Jody Ryan, telephone:

(912) 729-1502, email: jody.ryan@

Actuator Contract

Enertech, a business unit of

Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company,

has signed a contract with L.Bernard,

France, a manufacturer of nuclear

qualified electric actuators. As part of

this agreement, Enertech will promote

and distribute L.Bernard actuators for the

North American nuclear power market.

L.Bernard’s first success in the U.S.

nuclear power market was the supply

of electric actuators for the Shaw-Areva

MOX project in South Carolina.

Contact: Tom Schell, telephone: (714)

528-2301, email: tschell@curtisswright.


Steam Dryer

Westinghouse Electric Company

has been awarded a contract to design,

fabricate and install a new steam dryer

for Xcel Energy’s Monticello Nuclear

Generating Plant, a single-unit GEdesigned

Boiling Water Reactor (BWR).

To execute this project, Westinghouse

will employ its global BWR engineering

workforce at multiple locations, as well as

at Toshiba Corporation, Westinghouse’s

majority owner, in Japan.

Contact: Vaughn Gilbert, telephone:

(412) 374-3896, email: gilberhv@


You may never have heard of G.D. Barri &

Associates, Inc. (Barri) but chances are a

Barri employee has worked at your power

plant or facility. Often, Barri provides

services through a General Contractor

or A&E firm that is contracted directly

to power utilities. Barri quietly supports

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an Engineering, Design, and

Construction Management firm has

current and anticipated openings for

the following positions:

• Licensing, USAR & Regulatory


• Engineering Design (All Disciplines)

• Sr. Project Managers (All Disciplines)

• Sr. Project Planners (All Disciplines)

• Power Upgrade Project Engineers

• Construction Management, Planners,

Schedulers, Estimators

• Resident Engineers (All Disciplines)

• Operations Support Engineers

• Operations Training Instructors

• Procurement Specialists & Expeditors

• Start-up & Commissioning Engineers

For Power Uprates, New Builds, Life

Extension, Upgrades, Modification and

Maintenance Projects

Please forward Resumes to:

NPTS, Inc.

2060 Sheridan Drive

Buffalo, New York 14223

Phone: 716.876.8066

Fax: 716.876-8004


6/23/2009 2:17:00 PM

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Nuclear Services

Day & Zimmermann is the leading nuclear plant maintenance and modifications contractor in

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and provide services to over 70 of the nation’s 104 operating commercial nuclear power

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ISFSI Construction, Containment

Sump Strainers, Major Piping

Modifications, Plant Security

Upgrades, Feedwater Heaters,

Condensate Filtrate Systems, RWCU

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Nuclear M&M Capabilties

Day & Zimmermann routinely provides

the following full range of services to

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• Maintenance & Modifications

• Condenser Services

• Valve Services

• Turbine Services

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• Painting / Coating

• Professional Staffing

We have the capabilities to manage

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package planning, estimating, scheduling

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Day & Zimmermann has extensive

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Meeting & Training Calendar

1. Health Physics Forum, August 16-19,

2009, Laguna Cliffs Marriot, Dana

Point, California. Contact: Ralph

Andersen, Nuclear Energy Institute,

telephone: (202) 739-8111, email:

2. 14 th International Conference on

Environmental Degradation of

Materials in Nuclear Power Systems,

August 23-27, 2009, Virginia Beach,

Virginia. Contact: American Nuclear

Society, telephone: (708) 352-6611,


3. Nuclear Power Probabilistic Risk

Assessment (PRA), August 25-26,

2009, Chicago, Illinois. Contact:

Amber Rhodes, Electric Utility

Consultants, Inc., telephone: (303)

770-8800, fax: (303) 741-0849. email:

4. China International Nuclear Power

Industry Expo 2009, September 2-4,

2009, China International Exhibition

Center, Beijing, China. Contact:

Winder Wang, Beijing Qifa Exhibition

& Service Co. Ltd, telephone: 86 10

85863866, email: winderwang@163.


5. 8 th Global Congress on Nuclear Fuel

Cycle: Sustainable Options and

Industrial Perspectives GLOBAL

2009, September 6-10, 2009, Paris,

France. Contact: Sylvie Delaplace,

SFEN, telephone: 33 0 1 53 58 32 16,


6. Global 2009 & Top Fuel 2009,

September 6-11, 2009, Paris, France.

Contact: Sylvie Delaplace, SFEN,

telephone: 33 (0) 1 53 58 32 16, email:

7. Nuclear Power Symposium Europe,

September 14-17, 2009, Aix en

Provence, France. Contact: Amber

Rhodes, Electric Utility Consultants,

Inc., telephone: (303) 770-8800, fax:

(303) 741-0849 email: arhodes@euci.


8. PLIM+PLEX 2009, September 29-

30, 2009, Chicago, Illinois. Contact:

VIB Events, telephone: 44 (0) 207

753 4268, email: events@vibevents.


9. Licensing Information Forum, October

5-6, 2009, Westin Alexandria, Alexandria,

Virginia. Contact: Michael Schoppman,

Nuclear Energy Institute, telephone:

(202) 739-8111.

10. “Facility Decommissioning” Training

Course, October 5-7, 2009, SpringHill

Suites Virginia Beach Oceanfront,

Virginia Beach, Virginia. Contact:

Lawrence Boing, Argonne National

Laboratory, telephone: (630) 252-

6729, email:

11. Electric Power Research Institute

International Decommissioning and

Radioactive Waste Management

Workshop, October 6-8, 2009,

Hamburg, Germany. Contact: email:

12. Nuclear Manufacturing Outreach

Workshop, October 8, 2009, Rosen

Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando,

Florida. Contact: Carol Berrigan,

Nuclear Energy Institute, telephone:

(202) 739-8050, email:

13. The 12 th International Conference

on Environmental Remediation and

Radioactive Waste Management,

October 11-15, 2009, Liverpool Arena

and Convention Centre, UK. Contact:


14. International Symposium on Nuclear

Energy- SIEN 09, October 12-16,

2009, Bucharest, Romania. Contact:

Nuclear Energy Romanian

Association, telephone: 40 21 0203 82

53, email: mstiopol@nuclearelectrica.


15. International Seminar on Nuclear Fuel

Cycle 2009, October 12-23, 2009,

Saclay, France. Contact: European

Nuclear Education Network

Association Centre , telephone: 33 1

69 08 97 87, email:

16. International Conference on Integrated

Radioactive Waste Management in

Future Fuel Cycles, October 25-29,

2009, Charleston, South Carolina.

Contact: Dirk Gombert, Idaho

National Laboratory, telephone:

(208) 526-4624, email: Dirk.

17. ETRAP- Education and Training

Radiation Protection, November 8-11,

2009, Lisbon, Portugal. Contact:

European Nuclear Society, telephone:

32 2 505 30 54, fax: 32 2 505 39 02,


18. 2009 ANS Winter Meeting and

Nuclear Technology Expo, November

15-19, 2009, Omni Shoreham Hotel,

Washington, D.C. Contact: American

Nuclear Society, telephone: (708)


19. “Facility Decommissioning” Training

Course, November 16-19, 2009,

Tuscany Suites & Casino, Las Vegas,

Nevada. Contact: Lawrence Boing,

Argonne National Laboratory,

telephone: (630) 252-6729, email:

20. Nuclear Industry, China 2010: The

11 th China International Nuclear

Industry Exhibition, March 23-26,

2010, Beijing, China. Contact: Lin

Yi, Beijing International Exhibition

and Economic Relations & Trade

Association, Inc., telephone: 0086

10 6526 8150, 65260852, email:

21. European Nuclear Conference, May

30-June 3, 2010, Barcelona, Spain.

Contact: European Nuclear Society,

telephone: 32 2 505 30 54, fax:

32 2 505 39 02, email: enc2010@, website: www.

22. 2010 American Nuclear Society

Topical Meeting and Decommissioning,

Decontamination, & Reutilization and

Technology Expo, August 29-September

2, 2010, Idaho Falls, Idaho. Contact:

Teri Ehresman, telephone: (208) 526-

7785, email:

26 Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009

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Bedrock of U.S. Energy Security

By Michael Wallace, Constellation


1. What has been labor’s support in

building Calvert Cliffs unit 3 and other

EPR nuclear power plants?

Labor has become a valuable partner

in our efforts to build the next wave of

nuclear plants. They are part of a broader

effort to create home-grown jobs that

will help us rebuild our nation’s nuclear

manufacturing infrastructure. Earlier

this year, we congratulated Bechtel

Construction Company, our constructor,

on its Project Labor Agreement (PLA)

with the building trades unions to provide

labor for the Calvert Cliffs 3 project in

southern Maryland. The PLA serves as

a framework for future UniStar EPRs.

The intent is to deploy labor on the first

unit, establish the tools and the training

and the qualifications, and then replicate

it exactly, not only by process but by


We really focused on getting craft

labor early on about three years ago. Labor

has provided important political support

for us with federal loan guarantees. I

can’t say enough about the efforts they

made a year and a half ago supporting the

$18.5 billion in loan guarantees. I heard

labor leaders talked to Congress directly

about how important a nuclear plant was

going to be, and to be frank, members

of the Congress listened to labor leaders

more than to any CEO. I’m very happy

with how all that’s come together. Loan

guarantees are probably the most critical

issue we’ve worked on with labor. Some

of the things we did 25 years ago at

Braidwood nuclear plant in Illinois are

approaches that are revving up again

this time around. The building trades in

general have significantly upgraded their

training programs and their journeymen

requirements. That’s the number one


An interview by Newal Agnihotri, Editor,

Nuclear Plant Journal at the Nuclear

Energy Institute's Nuclear Energy

Assembly in Washingtion, D.C. on May

19, 2009.

Michael Wallace

Michael Wallace is vice chairman and

COO of Constellation Energy, and

chairman of UniStar Nuclear Energy,

a strategic joint venture between

Constellation Energy and the EDF

Group, an energy market leader in


Mr. Wallace has a Bachelor of Science

degree in electrical engineering from

2. What is the status of required permits

from the state of Maryland?

The Maryland Public Service

Commission (PSC) approved our state

permit in late June, and it addresses

all the relevant issues -- economic and

environmental, air and water. This was

a significant milestone for us – very

important. The approval came about 18

months after we filed our application,

and I know we were very encouraged by

the overwhelming support during public

hearings conducted by the PSC.

3. How will your plants be fi nanced?

Federal loan guarantees are critical to

our proposed Maryland reactor and we’re

pleased the Department of Energy has

accepted us as one of the four prospects

for loan guarantees. A lot of effort went

Marquette University and a Master

of Business Administration degree

from the University of Chicago, with a

specialization in fi nance. He also served

as a naval offi cer in the U.S. Navy

nuclear submarine force.

He is a member of the National

Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC)

which advises the President on matters

related to homeland security, chairman

of the Nuclear Sector Coordinating

Council under the Department

of Homeland Security’s National

Infrastructure Protection Plan, director

of Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited

(NEIL), and a member of Marquette

College of Engineering’s National

Advisory Council.

He is active in a variety of boards

and organizations, including those

associated with Boy Scouts of America,

Big Shoulders Fund of Chicago,

Catholic Charities of Maryland, and

Ocean Race Chesapeake.

into it. The AREVA, Bechtel, ALSTOM

and UniStar team all worked very closely

together for the loan application. So we

feel pretty good about how that process is

moving forward. Before long we will be

in a position to talk more publicly about

how we are getting full financial support,

how we plan to leverage the DOE loan

guarantee by using export credit agency


UniStar will be the owner of Calvert

Cliffs 3. UniStar is 50 percent EDF,

50 percent Constellation so the equity

will be 50 percent Constellation and 50

percent EDF.

We’d like to get a conditional loan

guarantee commitment from DOE by the

end of 2009 so we can move forward and

break ground and begin preliminary site


28 Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009

4. How is Constellation planning to

bring “trade” workers due to the current

shortage of skills for construction of

nuclear power plants?

We are having a lot of communications

about the need for workers at a skilled

level, such as the electricians, plumbers,

pipefitters, sheet metal workers, and other

skilled workers. It’s a very special trade

that’s needed for those types of activities.

The jobs are 3-5 years long. They’re wellpaying

jobs and there is good reason this

is going to be a natural attraction. We’ll

need robust training programs to make

sure interested parties are trained to do

the work. I think a good pipefitter welder,

nuclear grade, is going to be making

more money than a degreed engineer

for probably a decade because there is

going to be such a shortage and it’s going

to take a particular skill set. So I think

once that starts it’s too difficult to recruit

people just on words, but once the project

starts and the jobs are real I think they

will come really fast.

What we’re doing in particular --

many other companies are doing the same

thing -- we’ve established relationships

with local high schools to recruit students

who don’t really want to go to college so

we can bring them right into the trade.

We do it with both our fossil and nuclear

plants. So a relationship is established

with the local schools. Some of those kids

graduate and go to work in the plant and

they give feedback to the kids that are a

class or two behind in school that it’s a

good place to work, that they get training,

it’s a well paying job, and it’s a great

environment. It promotes the value of

trade; not everyone needs to go to college

to do very well in life. We’re doing that in

New York and we’re doing that in Calvert

County right now.

5. What is the base plant for EPRs to be

constructed in the United States?

The EPR being built by EDF in

Flamanville, France is our base plant.

Because EDF is our partner, we have a

direct transparent data transfer of all of

the Flamanville drawings, analysis and

construction experience. Everything

about Flamanville is directly transferred

to UniStar for consideration of how we

replicate it. In addition, we expect to

reap the benefit of four EPRs that will

be operating ahead of us -- Olkiluoto in

Finland and two in China. It’s to their

benefit as well as ours to get a transfer of

all the lessons learned from Flamanville.

I’d like to think I know a little

bit about nuclear plant construction

because at Braidwood from 1982-1988,

I was the executive overseeing design

and construction, and we saw some

construction techniques that I had never

seen before. EDF, because they never

stopped building nuclear plants, they

kept getting a little better every time they

got to the next plant. That is the closest

real-time optimization of nuclear project

construction that I think we can have. It’s

not a theoretical experience that we’re

drawing on. In fact, some of the senior

people at the Flamanville site, I expect

are going to be at our Calvert Cliffs site

when it’s under construction to bring

great added experience. So we’re hoping

to optimize how we do Calvert Cliffs by

drawing heavily on Flamanville.

6. What efforts (design or construction)

are under way for Calvert Cliffs?

The UniStar team right now is about

20 percent EDF people who have come

over from France and they are working

in Baltimore, Maryland full time. So, we

don’t just get data transfer, we actually

have people who are here working on

developing the plant. The main thing right

now of course is engineering, project

management, and licensing. Once we get

to construction, we want some of these

individuals who were personally involved

in the construction of Flamanville to be

involved in the construction of Calvert

Cliffs because that’s the best way to

get data transfer. When it comes to

operations, there is probably a little less

transfer that we get because the regulatory

framework that we operate under here

with the NRC is a little different than

what the French use. So we’ll have

systems and procedures that we use but

the details, all the licensing individuals

need to be U.S. citizens, so there will be

less EDF involvement in operation. EDF

will have heavy involvement in design,

construction, and testing.

7. How is the political support for

Calvert Cliffs unit 3?

Steny Hoyer, majority leader of the

U.S. House, is from Calvert County, and

Calvert Cliffs is in his district. You can’t get

a more direct connection than that. Then

when you come to the state side, a year

ago when the governor, Martin O’Malley,

was at Calvert Cliffs and he held his press

conference he said new nuclear at Calvert

Cliffs 3 is a necessity for clean and reliable

energy, so we have good support from the

governor. We have good positioning with

the leadership in Congress. We think the

political leadership is going to continue to

come. We also enjoy strong support from

Maryland’s legislative leaders and the

Calvert County Commissioners. We’ve

been through our hearings already, both

the state hearing and NRC hearing, and

there has been no significant intervention

that we’ve had to deal with at all. All of

the public and political support seems to

be pretty solid.

8. Concluding comments?

We’ve gone through a period where

we were unintentionally competing

with each other, competing over loan

guarantees, wondering how much is

going to be there. Now we have to get in

a mode where we are really collaborating,

really cooperating. The first four plants

constructed have to be done right because

they will set the stage for whether we

have a renaissance or a fizzle. I think it’s

(Continued on page 34)

Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009 29

Nuclear Renaissance is Alive

By Michael Kansler, Entergy Nuclear.

1. How has Entergy applied innovation

technology to ensure safety and effi cient

operation of its nuclear power plants?

At Entergy, we have created a special

department for nuclear operations called

the Innovations Group. Working under

Donna Jacobs, our senior vice president

of planning and development, the

Innovations team members go out to the

broader industry and find what technology

is available to enhance safety, reliability

and cost effectiveness in our operations.

Here is one example: smart signal

on-line monitoring technology. This

technology looks at advanced pattern

recognition for all the plant data parameters

in your plant process computer so you can

easily understand if this plant is running

at peak performance or not. You can tell

plant operators to get on top of a specific

issue that can be identified earlier with

smart signal so that it can be addressed

in most cases before equipment failure

occurs. I think broadband technology is an

underlying infrastructure that will be very

important as we measure the performance

parameters remotely. Our Innovations

Group is helping find ways to manage our

plants safely and understand new ways to

operate plants most effectively.

We’re trying to stay ahead in what’s

happening in technology to help our

plants run at top levels. We have a lot of

ideas and irons in the fire. At Entergy,

we like to pilot innovations at one plant

then take best practices to the rest of the

facilities in the fleet. It’s really starting to

take off.

On the fuel side we do a lot of

innovative work with the major vendors.

GE is providing all the fuel for our BWRs;

we are upgrading to the latest fuel design;

and, in addition, GE has strong analytical

An interview by Newal Agnihotri, Editor,

Nuclear Plant Journal at the Nuclear

Energy Institute's Nuclear Energy

Assembly in Washingtion, D.C. on May

19, 2009.

Michael R. Kansler

Michael R. Kansler is the President,

CEO and Chief Nuclear Offi cer of

Entergy Nuclear, responsible for

operations and management of nuclear

plants located throughout Arkansas,

Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan,

Mississippi, Nebraska, New York and


techniques for monitoring the core during

the cycle. GE will tell you when they see

something happening, they don’t like

and how to manage it most effectively in

the cycle from a safety and operational

standpoint. We value that working


2. What is the status of plant license

renewals and plant uprates of Entergy’s


Plants where licenses have been

renewed are Arkansas Nuclear One

Units 1 and 2, James A. Fitzpatrick in

New York and Palisades in Michigan.

Vermont Yankee, Pilgrim and the Indian

Point facility in New York are now in the

renewal process.

We anticipate getting renewed

licenses issued for Vermont Yankee and

Pilgrim some time this year; at Indian

Point we are working toward the early part

of 2011. There is a lot of interest at Indian

Point and there is going to be an extensive

hearing process. In the meantime, we

plan to pursue renewed licenses for the

Kansler has a bachelor’s degree in

mechanical engineering from Virginia

Polytechnic Institute and State

University, and completed Pennsylvania

State University’s executive management


Kansler joined Entergy in 1998 as vice

president of operations support.

Kansler currently serves as chairman

of the Nuclear Energy Institute Nuclear

Strategic Issues Advisory Committee and

on the board of directors for the Institute

of Nuclear Power Operations. He is

a founding member of the Northeast

Energy Alliance and a member of

the American Society of Mechanical

Engineers, the Executive Committee

of the Energy Association of New York

State and the Hudson Valley Hospital

Center Board. He is a former member of

the INPO National Nuclear Accrediting


other Entergy units in the south as well

as offering our license renewal services to

others in the nuclear industry.

We are also planning power uprates.

It is the NRC’s desire that we not do power

uprates and license renewals at the same

time thus in most cases, we’ll concentrate

on power uprates prior to doing license

renewals. That timing works out well for


We are also working with Cooper

Nuclear Power Plant in Nebraska on

the contract we have to manage their

operation. We are currently heavily

involved in renewing that station’s license

and in discussion of how, or if, we can

provide assistance with Cooper’s power

up-rate project as well. We have managed

the Cooper Nuclear Station since October


3. Is an 80-year plant life viable?

The Electric Power Research Institute

is assessing what would it take to operate

an additional 20 years after the 60-year

mark. I think once most organizations get

30 Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009

the original 20-year renewal they’ll think

about going for the second extension.

It’s a decision based on whether your

concrete can take it - can your cables

maintain integrity, and can your facility

last that period of time. Right now there

is nothing saying it can’t. You just have

to prove capability through analytical


Originally, when plants were built,

they had an assumed 40-year life as

mandated by the Atomic Energy Act.

However, there is no technical reason that

the life of the unit cannot be extended

well beyond the assumed 40-year life.

One of the critical items of concern was

the strength of the reactor vessel because

of the neutron flux. What the industry is

finding now is that these vessels are wellstructured

and that there is a great deal

of conservatism built into the original

designs. They can last a long time while

being bombarded by neutron radiation for

40 years or even possibly up to 80 years.

And it’s not possible to replace a

reactor vessel. So it’s really all about

continuing to show that the unit is safe

beyond the first added 20 years. Right

now Entergy is going after the first 20

year renewal and then we’ll look at it


4. What is the progress of Entergy using

digital technology in its plants?

That’s an interesting technology for

our industry. As an industry, we’ve got

plants that have been running for 40 years

based on old technology, mostly analog

with some digital. Moving to digital

control systems is a significant change for

the plant as staffs have to learn a different

way of running the operation.

If the analog works fine, there is no

reason to switch it over. For new plants,

that’s a different story. You want to start

digital because that’s the way of the

future. But, for the established plants, it’s

more useful to upgrade to digital when a

plant is in a retrofit mode.

5. What are Entergy’s achievements in

improving the environment?

Entergy has made a strong public

commitment to manage green-house

emissions. Entergy’s CEO, Wayne

Leonard, has been very public about

our corporate responsibility to do our

part in preventing global warming. He

is passionate about making sure that

the country does the right thing from an

energy perspective.

Entergy made our first commitment

in 2001 to stabilize our CO 2


at year 2000 levels. We beat that goal

with emission levels that were 23 percent

better than our target. Then, we made our

second voluntary five-year commitment,

this time to stabilize our CO 2


from 2006 through 2010 to 20 percent

below year 2000 levels. Entergy is the

second-cleanest utility generator among

the top 10 U.S. generators, due largely

to our portfolio of clean nuclear and

natural gas generation resources. As a

company, we have performed better than

our original commitment.

Relative to our environmental

stewardship, we have focused on that

across the fleet. For example, on the

nuclear side, at plants like Pilgrim,

it’s been easy to show environmental

leadership. When managing the land

at Pilgrim, we sponsor a hatchery in

Plymouth for winter flounder. Entergy

aims to be the cleanest power generator

in America in regard to emission levels

and conserving natural resources.

6. What are Entergy’s public relation

efforts for its nuclear power plants?

One unique community relations

approach we use in New York is a hybrid

vehicle that is, basically, a mobile visitor

center. It has displays and computer

programs, and we take it to schools for

kids to see anything they can see in a

nuclear power plant visitor center. The

hatchback opens to a large flat screen

TV and you watch tours and educational

programs. It’s important that each local

Entergy plant has good educational

materials and outreach.

The nuclear industry hasn’t done a

very good job at educating young kids and

students about nuclear power recently, so

that they can form their own opinions

about nuclear power and technologies.

We need to stop catching them late in the

ballgame and communicate with them

early-on to help shape their perceptions

with the facts about nuclear. As young

people begin to make their own choices,

we want to influence them in a positive

way about nuclear power.

At Entergy, we’re opening the

nuclear power plant sites for more

and more tours. We’re bringing public

officials, school kids, college students and

teachers into the plant. We are showing

them the safety approaches in the plant

and educating them about our industry.

But we still don’t have public places that

they can come to. We’re beginning to talk

about a more elaborate mobile-type of

set up to do more outreach, perhaps. It’s

important to us and on our radar screen

but we haven’t figured out the best way to

implement that yet for our fleet.

One thing others may not know about

us is that we really believe in supporting

our local plant communities. We donate

substantial amounts of money to various

local causes. It’s amazing the amount

of different organizations we support

throughout the year in support of efforts

that we believe in as employees that live

and work in the community.

We are stepping up our engagement

with the public. We have, as an industry,

closed them out with the security requirements

and closed our visitor centers after

September 11, 2001. There are very few

visitor centers that are outside security

zones where the general public has easy

access. Like I said, these issues are on

our radar.

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7. Please provide any challenges that

Entergy has and also your concluding


About license renewal - the one good

thing about license renewal is that the rules

are very clear from the NRC. What we’ve

learned as an industry from the more than

52 plants that have been renewed to date

is that, if you stick to the NRC process,

then technically, you should be in good

shape. Unless there is a significant issue

in your plant that can not adequately be

addressed, then one should anticipate that

their request for renewing their operating

license will be approved.

To my knowledge there is no

inclination, at least these days, for the

NRC to significantly change the rules.

The NRC is appropriately ensuring that

lessons learned from previous license

renewal applications are being factored

into all future reviews and that everything

Bedrock of U.S...

Continued from page 29

going to be a whole industry renaissance

if all four of these first projects really

go forward in the best way possible.

Those four projects need to do a lot of

collaborating among themselves. I think

the industry in general needs to be really

supportive of them because at the end of

the day we really aren’t competing with

each other, not for new nuclear any more

than we are for existing plants. When

we can show an industry-wide capacity

factor of 95 percent, everybody wins. If

someone is stuck down at 70 percent, all

of us want to do whatever we can to get

him up, because the industry is all tied

together at a high capacity factor. We

collaborate, and of course we need to

continue the industry’s excellent safety

record. It’s an important part of our very

high public support right now, along with

growing recognition of nuclear energy’s

environmental benefits.

is done correctly in accordance with the

process. It may take a little bit longer for

a plant like Indian Point, given the level

of public involvement and interest, but I

think when you get down to the process

and the science involved, then most plants

in the country shouldn’t have a significant

problem getting their license renewed.

Our biggest focus is Indian Point. We

submitted our license renewal application

in 2007 and originally we would have

anticipated that the process could have

taken 22 months if you don’t have any

intervention and 30 months if you have

intervention. But Indian Point is going

to be closer to 60 months, not because

the units have any more technical issues

as compared to other units but mainly

because both Entergy and the NRC are

allowing a lot of time for the reviews and

hearings. All of this to ensure without

question, the continued safety level of

I am very excited about the

possibilities. Not only will our efforts

create clean and reliable electricity, we

are going to create many, many jobs. Not

just thousands of construction jobs but

permanent jobs that strengthen us for the

long haul. AREVA, the EPR manufacturer,

is breaking ground this summer on a new

nuclear equipment and pressure vessel

facility in Newport News, Va., creating

540 jobs. Another partner, Alstom,

plans to expand its turbine facility in

Chattanooga, Tenn., creating another 350

jobs. And we know other suppliers will

spring up to support the infrastructure

needed for the new nuclear energy

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the two units. Per the process, there is

no reason why Indian Point shouldn’t get

its license renewed like any other plant in

this country. It’s just going to take more

time as compared to previous license

renewal applications.

About the Nuclear Energy Institute's

conference - At this conference, you’ve

heard it and I agree with it: I think this

industry is running better than it has

in the 30 to 40-year history. I think the

nuclear renaissance movement to build

new plants is not dead, it’s still alive.

There are a handful of organizations that

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123 Agreement Challenges

By David Mulford, Credit Suisse.

1. What is the status of 123 civilian

nuclear cooperation agreement that India

has recently accomplished?

India was granted an exception by

the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in

September, 2008, which permitted the

finally approved 123 agreement by the

US Congress in October, 2008. The

U.S. president then signed the historic

legislation and India was able to begin

nuclear commerce with the world.

Finalization of the Agreement

terminated India’s 35 year isolation in

the world of civil nuclear commerce and

has opened India again to the world. India

still has certain steps to complete. One

is to finalize its spent fuel reprocessing

arrangements and the other is to pass

legislation to permit India to join the

world convention on nuclear liability.

India is announcing plans for different

countries to have different locations in

the country to build reactors. This process

is only just beginning now.

The liability issue will have to be

resolved before US companies can enter

into contracts, but they can certainly begin

their discussion and preparations because

India now has a government that is likely

to move that legislation promptly.

There was a large U.S. delegation

of some 56 companies that came to

New Delhi in January, 2009. I had the

opportunity of meeting with them to

discuss their interest in exploring their

potential interests in the nuclear industry.

I think this will develop but will take a

little time.

The new administration has so far

been too busy to focus on these next

steps. But I am sure they will begin this

process soon.

An interview by Newal Agnihotri, Editor,

Nuclear Plant Journal at the Nuclear

Energy Institute's Nuclear Energy

Assembly in Washingtion, D.C. on May

18, 2009.

David Mulford

Ambassador David Mulford is Vice

Chairman International of Credit

Suisse. In this role, Ambassador Mulford

works with a range of clients across the

integrated bank with a particular focus

on governments, as well as corporate

clients, across the globe. He is based in

London and New York.

Ambassador Mulford rejoined Credit

Suisse in March of 2009 after spending

fi ve years as US Ambassador to India.

Ambassador Mulford came to India in

early 2004, at a time when India – US

relations were undergoing a dramatic

shift and the strategic partnership

between New Delhi and Washington

was gaining momentum as the two

sides began working more closely

together on an unprecedented range

2. What is your guidance for the U.S.

companies who want to do business

with India to help India’s nuclear power


I think U.S. companies that come

to India have to have a very carefully

constructed plan or vision. They have to

be prepared to pursue that with patience

and dedication as it will require some

period of time to establish their position.

of issues, including the US–India Civil

Nuclear Agreement completed in 2008.

Ambassador Mulford has been a major

player for fi ve years in the building of a

strong partnership between the United

States and India, the world’s two larges

multicultural democracies.

Dr Mulford also led the Brady Plan

initiative to restore the Latin America

debt crisis in 1989, the US Delegation

to negotiate the establishment of the

European Bank for Reconstruction

and Development as well as the G-7

negotiations to reduce Poland’s offi cial

bilateral debt in 1991.

Dr Mulford received a Doctor of

Philosophy degree from Oxford

University. He has published two books

on Zambia. He received an Honorary

Doctor of Laws Degree from Lawrence

University, the Legion d’Honneur

from the President of France, the

Distinguished Alumni Award from

Boston University, the Alexander

Hamilton Award, the highest honour

to be bestowed by the Secretary of the

Treasury for extraordinary service and

benefi t to the Treasury Department and

the Nation, the Order of May from Merit

from the President of Argentina and the

Offi cer’s Cross of the Medal of Merit

from the President of Poland.

Dr Mulford is a member of the Council

of Foreign Relations.

India is a complex place. It is not like

China where you can go in and there is an

efficient bureaucracy that is a command

bureaucracy that does what it’s told to do.

You are going into a democracy, a place

with a large private sector market which

is a relatively free market. So one has to

have a really good business game plan,

good partners, good strategy, pursue that

patiently and be prepared to invest time

(Continued on page 36)

Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009 35

123 Agreement...

Continued from page 35

and money into that process in order to

be successful in the long term. But I think

U.S. companies have found if they do that

they will do very well. I would emphasize

however that there is no substitute for

taking that long term dedicated view.

3. How will U.S. companies succeed in a

business culture in India which is different

compared to the United States?

I think they will succeed in part depending

on the field. American companies

often have world leading technology,

they are very competitive and India is maturing

and growing more sophisticated. I

think a lot of people in India realize that

using a local agent who is supposed to get

things done for you often increases the

cost of doing that business and in some

cases can be illegal under US law because

you can’t pay fees that are shared with

government officials.

India is beginning to learn, for example,

that in a defense contract, where

US defense products have top of the line

technology, there is no room for the kinds

of fees to be paid which one sees in the

case of other countries. They understand

that when they do a deal with a U.S.

company, the deal is fully competitive,

there are no extras in it to pass around so

they are getting the very best deal possible,

and the highest quality equipment.

Gradually people are coming to see this.

Before I left India U.S. defense companies

signed several billion dollars worth

of contracts with the Indian government.

Two big deals were done there in the last

6 months. So I think this is changing in


In the private sector you don’t need

agents, you can make a joint venture deal

with companies. In the government sector,

maybe you’re doing a joint venture with

somebody, maybe you’re in business on

your own in India, but U.S. companies

are having a high degree of success. I had

some Indian government officials tell me

that when a U.S. company comes here

to do business, tell them not to do with

the local agents, we want to do it directly

with them. So I think the use of ‘middle

men’ is declining.

4. What is the reaction of the average

public in India to 123 agreement?

Nuclear energy is very cost competitive

to the consumer. It’s a clean source of energy.

It’s an alternative source of energy. So in all

those ways it has an important attraction.

In the US, for example, I understand that

many of the communities that want new

nuclear facilities are communities that

already have nuclear facilities and they

are happy with their performance. - clean,

cost competitive, safe. My own feeling

is that this is an industry in the United

States that will have a new build. There

will be plenty of financing for firms in the

financing business.

In India there is a strong interest in

bolstering a civil nuclear energy industry.

If this plan is pursued, there will be a huge

industry in India. Some people estimate the

size of the Indian industry ultimately will

be about 100 billion dollars, according to

the plan the government has laid out for

expanding its capacity. The plan in India

is to raise the present capacity from about

2.5% of total electricity coming from

civil nuclear to about 18% or 20% over

the next 20 years. That would be about

50, 1,000 megawatt reactors. Reactors

that run about 1.5 billion dollars each.

The question in India is whether the

government alone can meet that target.

I think it’s going to have to have private

sector cooperation and investment and

it will have some participation from big

foreign firms as well as from some big

Indian firms, Reliance, Tata, Larsen &

Toubro. The government is going to have

to broaden the base out from the Atomic

Energy Commission that runs the present

Indian industry. The Indian industry

today has some 15 or 16 reactors but until

this deal was done they were running at

approximately 50% capacity because of

fuel shortages. Now all that’s been lifted.

If you go to India now you’re going to find

that the public is enormously motivated

by the idea that India is returning to this

position of potential leadership in the

world of civil nuclear technology. There

is huge pride in the deal. I’m talking

about the man in the street who may not

know the details but is proud to see India

once again a leading player in the global

scene. When I left India the U.S. had an

86% approval rate and that was up from

a very high average of about 70%. When

that spiked up to 86, people who do those

surveys asked people, how you account

for this jump in popularity. The biggest

group of respondents, 26% of people they

interviewed said the reason was the civil

nuclear deal. That took away 35 years

of isolation and humiliation, India is

back. With their own technology, its own

scientific community. There is huge pride

involved. I don’t think people in America

fully understand this.

5. How will India comply with IAEA’s

non-proliferation requirements?

As a part of the 123 agreement,

parallel to it, there has been a separate

negotiation between India and the IAEA.

An India specific safeguard agreement

was approved by the board of governors

of the IAEA, including the US. This was

done before the draft 123 agreement went

to the Nuclear Suppliers Group where the

exception was granted by consensus among

all 35 countries. Once the safeguards

agreement was approved and the NSG

has acted, the whole package went back

to the U.S. congress where it was voted

on one more time in the final ratification

in the 123 agreement. So all those pieces

were pulled together by that process and

it is that which has given credibility to

this thing. Before we negotiated the 123

agreement, we negotiated with India

a separation agreement which was an

agreement that specified how the Indians

would separate its strategic program

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from its civil nuclear program. That

is an elaborate agreement negotiated

between the United States and India.

That agreement was then presented to

the congress before the congress changed

the atomic energy law in 2006 and before

the 123 agreement was negotiated. So the

order of events here is quite important.

President Bush announced the vision,

separation agreement is negotiated,

presented to the congress and the United

States government, atomic energy act is

changed, that was followed by the 123

agreement- the bilateral agreement to

put into place the change in the atomic

energy law. And then after that IAEA,

Nuclear Suppliers Group and then back

to the Congress for the second and final

vote. So that process over three and a half

years was very thorough.

I believe there are some 14 power

plants certified by the Indians to be put

under the IAEA civil nuclear program.

Some are existing and some are under

construction. They have to be put in there

by 2014. At that time that will represent

about 70% of India’s nuclear capacity. As

they build more plants, the percentage

of this industry that will be covered by

safeguards will go up to 90%.

After we finished the 123 negotiation

it took 11 months to work through India’s

political process until July 2008.

6. How are the new plants in India going

to be fi nanced?

These are certainly financeable,

but we will have to see what regulatory

structure is put in place, what the

ownership arrangements are and what

revenue streams will be generated against

which financing can be structured. Long

term investors will have to be involved in

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Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009 41

Optimal Operation Through R&D

By David Modeen, Electric Power

Research Institute.

1. What research and development

(R&D) efforts are under way at EPRI

related to 80-year nuclear power plant


We use the term ‘long-term

operations,’ in recognition of two distinct

but related activities. One is that we’re

now entering the first renewal period,

which takes plants from 40 to 60 years.

There are needed research and engineering

activities to ensure that the 40 to 60 period

goes correctly. We also believe there

aren’t any show stoppers to go beyond

60 years for another 20 or more years

of operation. So when we look at longterm

operations, it’s really everything

in that period from 40-60 through 80 or

more years of operation. And it’s not just

license renewal and regulatory aspects,

it’s a number of other critical questions

like how do you keep your plant current

with the best technology and how do you

ensure the proper material condition of

the plant for however long you run it.

What EPRI’s long-term operations

research is trying to do is ensure that as we

adapt new technologies and we monitor for

aging degradation, that we have the right

technology to ensure that the plant runs

well. A good example relates to concrete.

In the first renewal period, there was

relatively little concern from a structural

point of view as well as an integrity point

of view. However, we’ve seen some

leakages like in the Connecticut Yankee

spent fuel pool, some indications of boron

leakage corrosion. What does that really

mean more generically to the nuclear

fleet? This is just one example where

plant operators will need to confirm that a

long-term investment in the plant will in

fact pay off and the plant will remain as

safe and reliable as it is today.

An interview by Newal Agnihotri, Editor,

Nuclear Plant Journal at the Nuclear

Energy Institute's Nuclear Energy

Assembly in Washingtion, D.C. on May

20, 2009.

David Modeen

David Modeen is Director of External

Affairs for the Nuclear Power sector

at the Electric Power Research

Institute (EPRI). He has over 30

years of operational, technical, and

policy experience in the nuclear

fi eld. He is responsible for managing

communications and interactions with

the DOE Offi ce of Nuclear Energy,

EPRI is also doing a lot of work

in the monitoring of cable conditions.

We don’t have the diagnostic tools

today to obtain an accurate prediction

of remaining useful life of our medium

voltage cables. Because of evidence

that certain underground cables have

been wetted or submerged, the question

arises, what about the integrity of the

cable? We’re developing a white paper

currently to confirm that the cable used

in nuclear plants was properly selected

and designed. We are also developing

test and acceptance criteria for verifying

the condition of wetted medium voltage

cable based on removal and forensic

assessment of service aged cable.

2. What are the recent innovations

in maintenance and outage support at


We are continuing to push hard on

inspection technologies and nondestructive

Idaho National Laboratory, Institute

of Nuclear Power Operations, Nuclear

Energy Institute, and Nuclear Regulatory

Commission Offi ce of Research.

Modeen joined EPRI in 2003 as Vice

President, Nuclear Power Sector and

Chief Nuclear Offi cer, a position he

held until 2007. In this role, he led

the team responsible for developing

EPRI’s Nuclear Power technology R&D

program and business development,

working closely with both domestic and

international advisors.

Modeen holds a Bachelor of Science

degree in industrial engineering from

Iowa State. He served fi ve years in

the U.S. Navy as a submarine warfare

offi cer. He has served on the Institute

of Nuclear Power Operations Advisory

Council and is a registered nuclear and

mechanical Professional Engineer in the

state of Oregon.

evaluation. We’ve taken our base

competencies that were really focused

on the metal in the primary system and

reactor coolant pressure boundaries,

and are applying them across the board,

e.g., from a standpoint of looking at the

balance of plant on the secondary side

to understand and inform long-term

operations decisions.

We’re also heavily involved in fuel

performance. The industry was not

satisfied with fuel performance starting

six or seven years ago. It wasn’t that it was

terrible, but we were looking for as close

to perfection as we could achieve. In the

last three years, EPRI worked with the

nuclear utilities and nuclear fuel vendors

to establish some guidelines to improve

fuel performance in core. Part of those

guidelines require fuel examinations not

only when you have a problem with the

fuel, but in fact with good fuel too. This

can cost up to $500,000 or more for a plant.

(Continued on page 48)

42 Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009


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The majority of the work to achieve

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various mitigating solutions. As part of

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the operating fatigue mechanisms.

4. Concluding comments.

The one point I’d make relates to the

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Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009 49

Commitment to Innovation

By John Mahoney, Richard Swanson,

Beverly Good, Glenroy Smith and Dan

Keuter, Entergy Nuclear.


In 2008, Entergy Nuclear formed

a new Innovation Group which

implemented several major improvements

in its first year. The purpose of the

Nuclear Innovations Group is to identify

opportunities to deploy cutting edge

technologies and concepts to achieve

breakthrough change and improvement.

The group is comprised of employees

with diverse backgrounds and excellent

teamwork skills who demonstrate “out-ofthe-box”

thinking and innovative problem

solving. Team members have direct plant

experience in Operations, Engineering,

Information Technology, Radiation

Protection, Emergency Planning and


Ideas come from internal sources

such as Entergy Continuous Improvement

initiatives and employee suggestions, as

well as from external research, studies,

and benchmarking. These external sources

are not limited to the nuclear industry, but

also include industries that can provide

Nuclear Energy Institute’s Top Industry

Practice (TIP) Awards highlight the

nuclear industry’s most innovative

techniques and ideas. They promote

the sharing of innovation and best

practices, and consequently improve the

commerical prospects and competitive

position of the industry as a whole.

This TIP Award Entry was a 2009 NEI

Process Award Winner.

The team members who participated

included: John Mahoney, Innovation

Leader (Team Leader); Dan Keuter,

Planning & Innovation Vice President;

Beverly Good, Innovation Leader;

Robin Nilson, Innovation Leader;

Charles Turk, Innovation Leader; Steve

Melancon, Innovation Leader.

John Mahoney

John Mahoney is an Innovations

Leader at Entergy Nuclear in Jackson

Mississippi. He has over 30 years of

experience in the commercial energy

business in managerial and technical

positions. His fi eld background in

power plant operations, maintenance

and engineering along with his

experience in computer technology and

telecommunications provides him with

a solid foundation for the innovations

arena. Prior to coming to Entergy in

2007, he most recently worked for

new business concepts and technologies

(i.e. fossil, chemical, pharmaceutical,

refineries, heavy construction, etc.).

Also included is a focus on research and

development within the academic world.

In addition, with the prospect of building

new nuclear plants, Innovations is active

in on-going developments of “next

generation” plants.

The Innovations Group plays an

active role in Strategic Planning to ensure

that new technologies and concepts are

factored into Entergy Nuclear's Long

Range Plans and Initiatives.

The Main Focus Areas are:

• Improve Equipment (Plant)

• Simplify Processes (Processes)

• Effective Organization (People)

The Innovations Group works in seven

major categories:

• Process Improvement

• Automation & Wireless Technology

• On-Line Equipment Monitoring

• University R&D and Vendor


Plant Upgrades & Modernization

• Organizational Efficiencies

• Advanced Nuclear Technology


The Innovations Team has developed

a formal departmental advocate program

Science Applications International

Corporation. Mr. Mahoney holds a

Bachelor’s of Business Administration

from Northwood University and a

Master’s of Science in Business from

Troy University. John is certifi ed by

the Project Management Institute as a

project management professional (PMP)

and is currently an offi cer in the Greater

New Orleans Project Management

Institute (PMI) Chapter. He is also an

offi cer of the Mississippi Section of the

American Nuclear Society.

that enables their relationship with all

facets of the operation. The team is

working on chartered projects, proof-ofconcept

pilots and discovery efforts to

improve safety and reduce risk. Examples


• Simplifying work processes and

redirecting the focus for use of

Operational Experience to improve

implementing information in work

plans and job briefs.

• Use of latest technologies in robotics

and video technology to reduce

radiological exposure and improve

contamination clean-up.

• Photogrammetric laser template

mapping to improve planning, reduce

radiation exposure and improve prejob

training and knowledge transfer.

• Implementation of wireless hand-

held PDAs and Tablet PCs for

operations and security.

Elimination of Operator Work

Arounds through the use of wireless

technology for remote controls and


Use of SmartSignal software for

early detection of equipment failures

prevents hazards associated with

rotating equipment failures as

demonstrated by Entergy fossil, and

improves nuclear and radiological

(Continued on page 54)

50 Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009





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Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009 51


Leadership by Example

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Commitment to...

Continued from page 50

safety through early detection and

improved management of equipment


Cost Savings

The fundamental purpose of an

Innovations function in the organization

is to find and implement transformational

concepts and technologies to improve the

way business is done and to drive more

value out of the work performed.

In the first year, Innovations made

several major improvements including:

• Implementation of SmartSignal Predictive

On-Line Monitoring at Waterford

3. This is a significant step in preventing

major equipment failures as

demonstrated by Entergy fossil at

the Waterford 2 unit. In addition, a

business case study showed that using

the study as a basis, and reviewing

two forced outages that occurred

at our plants, early detection would

have improved planning to enable

a planned shutdown and equipment

repair vs. an unplanned forced outage.

The difference in cost was estimated

at $1.5 million. The study

indicated that an unplanned forced

outage required a longer period to be

off-line due to spare parts availability

and planning required following

shutdown. It was estimated that the

outage duration would have been reduced

from 14 to 9 days (5 days lost

production cost avoidance estimated

at $1.5 M) if pre-planning and spare

parts were available when the unit

came off-line. An additional $1M

would have been spent in replacement

power costs.

• Development of a Wireless Technology

to connect the River Bend intake

structure, clarifier and Circulating

Water System (CWS) building to

the Control Room. The Innovation

reduced project cost from $7M to


• Several new wireless technology applications

were evaluated including

instruments, cameras, and radio frequency

ID tags that will save costs


1. Low-level radiological waste due

to less entries into contaminated


2. Reduction of hours wasted

locating critical, but infrequently

used tools and equipment,


3. Improved human performance

and reduction of errors with the

process enablement of inventory

and tracking technologies.

• Successfully piloted “Business

Genetics” Process Mapping on the

Operating Experience Process and

identified 24 areas for improvement

with a potential 25% reduction in

man-hours (13,000 man-hours per


• A similar process mapping improvement

project on the Engineering

Change process is anticipated to reduce

man-hours by 25%. In addition,

an improvement initiative on the process

used to gather and report Key

Performance Indicators is targeted to

reduce man-hours by 50% and data

errors from approximately 10% to

less than 1%.


Entergy is the first and only

company to implement a group of subject

matter experts dedicated full time to

driving Innovations across all Nuclear

departments. The Innovations Team has

linked annual nuclear business plans

to their 5-year plan to drive business

priority into actions that will improve

and transform processes, equipment

and people in the work environment.

Standardizing business rules into key

operating concepts and driving fleet

improvements into asset management

plans will add future benefit and reduce

overall costs. Another unique aspect of

the Innovations group is the University

R&D partnership initiative. Specific

R&D partnerships could lead to possible

technology breakthroughs with very little

cost to the company. In addition, these

partnerships create improved company

posture for recruiting and other university


The following R&D proposals were

chosen from over 40 ideas that were


• A process to apply nano-particles to

concrete that rehabilitates existing

pours (increases strength, protects

rebar, etc) - Louisiana Tech University

• A process to use neutron beams

to better examine welds for flaws -

University of Tennessee

• Creating a method to “see” radioactive

contamination using special material

- Mississippi State University

• Developing technology to allow

detection of flaws on buried pipe -

University of Arkansas

Evaluating potential impact of global

warming scenarios on Entergy

Nuclear plant fleet - Texas A&M



This concept of a sustained focus on

innovation can clearly be implemented by

any nuclear entity willing to invest in its

potential. Identified and proven payback

outlined in this submittal will encourage

others to follow.

Contact: John Mahoney, Entergy

Nuclear, 1340 Echelon Parkway, Jackson,

MS 39213; telephone: 601.368.5833, fax:

601.368-5323, email: jmahone@entergy.


54 Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009

Next Generation Core Designs

By James Tusar, Exelon Nuclear.

Summary Statement:

Exelon Nuclear has developed “Next

Generation Core Designs” for Boiling

Water Reactors (BWRs) that effectively

deal with the technical and economic

issues that nuclear utilities deal with today.

Several of the major issues addressed are:

1) mitigation of cell friction due to fuel

channel – control blade interference, 2)

minimizing reactivity manipulations/

operator challenges, 3) meeting the

demands of long, power-uprated fuel

cycles with high energy demands, and 4)

managing increasing uranium prices.

“Next Generation Core Designs

(NGCDs)” are characterized by a low, flat

hot excess reactivity. Hot excess reactivity

is defined as the amount of reactivity

that control rods must offset in order to

maintain criticality at full power. There

are several benefits of a low, flat hot excess

reactivity core. Due to the flatness of the

reactivity throughout the cycle, the core

is “operationally friendly”. Control rod

manipulations are minimized; therefore

reactivity management challenges are

minimized. Since core-wide reactivity

Nuclear Energy Institute’s Top Industry

Practice (TIP) Awards highlight the

nuclear industry’s most innovative

techniques and ideas. They promote

the sharing of innovation and best

practices, and consequently improve the

commerical prospects and competitive

position of the industry as a whole.

This TIP Award Entry was a 2009 NEI

Process Award Winner.

The team members who participated

included: James Tusar, Exelon Nuclear,

Nuclear Fuels; Giuseppe Rubinaccio,

Exelon Nuclear, Nuclear Fuels; Haksoo

Kim, Exelon Nuclear, Nuclear Fuels;

Michael Downs, Global Nuclear Fuel;

Lukas Trosman, Global Nuclear Fuel;

Bill Cline, Global Nuclear Fuel.

is relatively flat, no adjustments are

necessary to compensate for reactivity

changes through the majority of the

cycle. Minimal adjustments to core flow

can accommodate the small reactivity

changes. The low magnitude of the hot

excess reactivity curve will minimize cell

friction issues. Typically, the majority

of the fuel cycle will only require eight

(8) control rods inserted to deep notch

positions. This will mitigate shadow

corrosion induced channel bowing issues

that may lead to cell friction at higher

exposures. Therefore, the low control rod

density mitigates cell friction due to fuel

channel – control blade interference. In

addition to the low control rod density,

multiple control rod sequences are used

to limit the amount of control that any

individual fuel cell receives. A low

control rod density design also reduces

control blade depletion, which minimizes

control blade management costs.

The low, flat hot excess reactivity

is accomplished through the judicious

placement of gadolinia rods and

proper determination of the gadolinia

concentration. Gadolinia rod placement

(relative to the control blade) and the

proper determination of the number of

gadolinia rods and their concentration

(up to 8% (Gd 2

O 3

) will result in a “flat”


Increasing the number and/or

concentration of gadolinia rods can

adversely impact the energy capability

of the reactor core. Strategies have

been developed to improve fuel cycle

economics to compensate for increasing

uranium prices and the energy demands

associated with two-year fuel cycles

with high capacity factor, short refueling

outage, and power uprated conditions.

The primary “Next Generation Core

Design” strategies to improve fuel cycle

economics are: 1) Multiple streams of

fresh fuel, 2) Fully implemented cycle

extension techniques, 3) Spectral shift

James Tusar

James Tusar is a graduate of Penn

State University with a BS in Nuclear

Engineering, an MS in Environmental

Engineering from Drexel University,

and a Professional Engineer’s License

in Nuclear Engineering. He is currently

Manager of Boiling Water Reactor

Design for Exelon Nuclear which

includes responsibility for nuclear

fuel design, reactor core design, core

management, core monitoring systems,

and reload coordination.

operation, 4) Scatter loading of fresh fuel

on the core interior with some “triple

loaded” cells, and 5) All twice-burned

bundles (going into their third cycle of

irradiation) are loaded in the outer three

core rows (near the periphery). These

strategies reduce reload batch size and/or


Multiple streams of reload bundle

nuclear designs (within certain design

basis constraints) allows the designer to

tailor the core design to address certain

problem locations (e.g., shutdown margin,

thermal limits). This concept allows the

total gadolinia content of the core to be

reduced, thereby improving fuel cycle

economics. Additional gadolinia may be

loaded in bundles that reside in a limited

number of locations in the core as opposed

to the entire batch of fuel.

Full implementation of cycle extension

techniques involves the engineering

and licensing work to allow the use of Increased

Core Flow and Final Feedwater

Temperature Reduction during the energy

planning phase of the reload work. These

cycle extension techniques, along with an

economically optimum power coastdown

length, reduce the energy requirement of

the fuel cycle in terms of reload bundles

and/or enrichment. These cycle extension

techniques can be used as a “credit”

towards the energy capability of the fuel

(Continued on page 56)

Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009 55

Next Generation...

Continued from page 55

cycle, thereby reducing the amount of full

power energy that the reload fuel needs

to fulfill.

Spectral shift operation can be

accomplished in several ways – through

bundle design, core flow control, or rod

patterns. The objective of spectral shift is

to create a strongly bottom peaked core

average axial power distribution such

that plutonium-239 is created from the

conversion of uranium-238. With the

high energy requirements of today’s fuel

cycles, the core designs must ensure that

licensed exposure limits are not exceeded.

In order to meet this requirement, as well

as minimize the fluence on the reactor

pressure vessel and internals, NGCDs load

all twice-burned fuel bundles (bundles

entering their third cycle of operation)

in the outer three core rows. Since these

radial locations are of a lower duty than the

interior of the core, the twice-burned fuel

does not accumulate a significant amount

of exposure in its third cycle of operation.

Also, techniques such as “shielding” of

potential limiting exposure bundles with

less reactive (high exposure) bundles

tends to minimize the exposure increment

on the limiting bundles during their third

cycle of operation. To increase the core’s

energy capability, a limited number of

triple loaded cells (three fresh bundles in

a cell) are utilized. This component of the

strategy preferentially loads more fresh

fuel towards the center of the core.


“Next Generation Core Designs”

enhance nuclear safety in several ways.

The mitigation of cell friction due to

fuel channel – control blade interference

reduces concerns associated with: (1)

the potential for fuel bundle lift, (2) the

transfer of elevated forces to reactor

internals causing higher stresses, and (3)

control rod operability. The capability to

shut down the reactor and maintain it in

a safe shutdown condition is a 10CFR21

requirement. NGCDs enhance the ability

to meet these requirements. The use

of multi-streaming of fresh reload fuel

types specifically targets improvement in

shutdown margin when this is a limiting

nuclear design requirement. Minimizing

reactivity manipulations and operator

challenges improves nuclear safety by

placing fewer demands on Operations,

thereby reducing potential human

performance errors. A flat, hot excess

reactivity curve will mitigate reactivity

manipulations aside from the standard,

planned rod pattern sequence exchanges

and rod withdrawals that occur towards

end-of-cycle as the core is depleted. A

reduction of approximately 4 reactivity

manipulations per two-year fuel cycle

will be achieved.

Cost Savings

The net fuel cost savings with the

“Next Generation Core Design” strategy

will vary from plant to plant depending

on the extent of cycle extension

techniques that have been licensed, the

optimal coastdown length for the cycle

(function of forward power prices during

the coastdown period and cost of the

reload fuel), number of triple loaded cells

used, and effectiveness of the spectral

shift, multi-streamed design. For Exelon

BWRs that have fully implemented

NGCDs from 2006 through 2008, the

total net fuel savings, accounting for the

gadolinia requirements for a low control

rod density design and the generation cost

for the coastdown replacement power, is

approximately $50 million. Back-end fuel

cycle savings are also realized through a

reduction in spent fuel burden (spent fuel

pool storage re-racking and interim spent

fuel dry cask storage).


This multi-faceted approach

combines several technical concepts into

one strategy that provides operationally

friendly and economic BWR core

designs. Exelon has been at the forefront

of the development and implementation

of this strategy.


The “Next Generation Core Design”

strategy reduces the reload batch size.

This, in turn, reduces refueling outage

time as fewer “core to fuel pool” shuffles

are required to meet the final core

configuration. From a spent fuel storage

perspective, the reduced batch size results

in less pressure on the spent fuel pool

and the interim fuel storage system. The

strategy improves the core’s efficiency by

the energy-efficient radial placement of

the fresh, once-burned and twice-burned

fuel, the multi-streamed reload bundle

designs, and the use of spectral shift



The “Next Generation Core Design”

strategy is applicable to other Boiling

Water Reactors to address the current

issues in the industry. Other utilities

have adopted the concepts in whole or in

part as operating experience is shared at

industry meetings.

Contact: James Tusar, Nuclear

Fuels, Exelon, 200 Exelon Way, KSA 2-N,

Kennett Square, PA 19348; telephone:

610-765-5818, fax: 610-765-5651, email:




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58 Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009

Continual Strong Performance

By Tyler Lamberts, Entergy Nuclear

Operations, Inc.

Located 35 miles north of New York

City, Indian Point Energy Center provides

electricity to a region of the country that

continues to show economic growth

and hosts several of the country’s major

Fortune 500 companies as well as some

of the most influential media and financial

markets. The site takes full advantage of its

position in the spotlight and consistently

shines by setting performance records

and making technological advancements.

There are three units on the Indian

Point site. However, only units 2 and 3

remain in operation today. Indian Point

Units 2 and 3 are pressurized water

reactors. Westinghouse manufactured the

reactor system and steam system. Indian

Point 2 produces 1,035 gross megawatts

and Indian Point 3, 1,070 gross megawatts

of electricity. In 2009 unit 3 achieved

a record for most continuous days of

service for a Westinghouse PWR at 678


The plants have been in commercial

operation since 1974 and 1976

respectively. Since that time, they have

produced over 250 billion kilowatt-hours

of electricity. Electricity from Indian

Point Units 2 and 3 serves more than 3

million customers in the five boroughs of

New York City and Westchester County.

A 20-year license renewal application for

both operating units was submitted to the

Nuclear Regulatory Commission in April

2007 to extend licenses to 2033 for Unit

2 and 2035 for Unit 3.

Indian Point 1 began commercial

operation in 1962 and received the first

construction permit for a nuclear power

plant in the world. It was among the

first commercial nuclear power plants to

operate worldwide. The pressurized water

reactor unit was retired in 1974 when its

previous owner, Consolidated Edison,

determined that it was not cost-effective

to implement plant modifications required

by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The unit was de-fueled, and the station’s

auxiliary systems are maintained and

support the operation of Indian Point 2.

Tyler Lamberts

Tyler Lamberts graduated in June,

2008 with a degree in Marketing from

Oregon State University. Tyler currently

works for OSU Conference Services in

Corvallis, Oregon.



Indian Point has the goal of preserving

the community and protecting natural

resources. With help from Entergy, Indian

Point has sponsored the Environmental

Stewardship Grants program for the past

seven years. The program provides grants

to community-based projects designed to

enhance or preserve the environment.

In 2006 Entergy and Indian Point

awarded $32,500 in environmental grants

to two local organizations. The two award

winners were Black Rock Consortium,

Inc., and the Research Foundation of

Joseph Pollock

Joseph Pollock became site vice

president of Indian Point Energy

Center in December, 2007. As site

vice president, Pollock is responsible

for overall operation of Indian Point

Energy Center’s units 2 and 3, and

the maintenance of unit 1 which is


His educational background includes

a bachelor’s degree in business

administration from Glassboro State

College. He holds a senior reactor

operator certifi cate at Hope Creek. He

also completed Columbia University’s

Graduate Business Executive

Management Program in 1998 and the

Institute of Nuclear Power Operators’

Senior Nuclear Plant Management

Course in 2000.

City University of New York College and

Queens College.

The Black Rock Consortium, based

in Cornwall, N.Y., used the funds to

support a project to involve students,

Boy Scouts and volunteers from the

local community to reestablish breeding

populations of native brook trout. Through

the years Brook Trout were virtually

wiped out from the area by deforestation

and increased development. The goal

of the project was to raise Brook Trout

from eggs to fingerlings with the aim of

releasing the fingerlings into five streams

60 Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009

in the region. By doing so, reproducing

populations would be reestablished.

Students from the City University

of New York spent part of their summer

term aboard the research vessel Hugh

Sharp to survey western Long Island

Sound as part of an educational marine

geosciences field experience. The project

was a collaborative effort between City

University of New York Colleges and

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of

Columbia University. The research vessel

was part of the University-National

Oceanographic Laboratory System fleet

and was operated by the University of


Planning Ahead

The Energy Policy Act of 2005

called for increased capabilities for

emergency sirens in densely populated

areas, such as New York City. In response

to that legislation, Indian Point installed

a new siren system to alert residents of

the four-county emergency planning

zone (Westchester, Rockland, Orange

and Putnam Counties) to tune into

local broadcasts for emergency related


The state-of-the-art system has a

battery backup system, insuring they can

be activated if there is a loss of power in

the area. Additionally, each siren has eight

non-rotating electronic speakers rather

than the rotating speakers of the retiring

system. The non-rotating sirens are more

reliable since they do not rely on moving

parts to sound effectively.

The system was placed into service

in August 2008 and is undergoing a

one-year reliability review by FEMA,

after which the system will receive final


Community Connection

The employees at Indian Point

continually reach out to the community by

volunteering to support charitable causes.

This continued employee support has a

positive impact on many organizations in

the surrounding communities.

Community Connectors, Entergy’s

volunteer program, recognizes and

encourages the volunteer efforts of

Entergy employees, retirees and board

members. In addition to providing

communities with volunteer services, the

Community Connectors program gives

Entergy volunteers an opportunity to

provide monetary contributions to their

communities through two programs:

Dollars-for Doers grants and Heart and

Health grants.

Dollars-for-Doers grants support

the efforts of employees and retirees

who volunteer in their communities.

Volunteers can earn the grants through

volunteer hours with a not-for-profit

organization and for every 20 hours

Entergy donates $250 to the organization.

Employees participate in this program by

leading scout troops, coaching, tutoring,

building Habitat for Humanity houses

and serving on non-profit boards.

Heart and Health grants are available

to eligible organizations that support

employees’ active participation in walks,

runs or rides. Each year compassionate

employees from the site participate in

fundraising walks including Multiple

Sclerosis, The American Cancer Society

and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Indian Point employees also

contribute to the Winslow Therapeutic

Riding program. With help from Entergy,

Indian Point was able to award a grant

to Winslow to support a scholarship

program for therapeutic riding. The

scholarship makes it possible for children

to participate in a program that provides

physical and occupational therapies for a

wide range of diagnosis including autism

and communications disorders, blindness

and visual impairment, cerebral palsy,

spina bifida, stroke and head trauma from


Fast Facts – Indian Point and

Entergy in the Community

• Indian Point and Entergy have been

major sponsors of the Paramount

Theater renovation, issuing a

$100,000 challenge grant to the


• Indian Point is an annual sponsor of

the fireworks display at the Peekskill

Celebration. We also maintain

an information booth for public


• Each year for over 42 years, Indian

Point employees have contributed to

the Rosary Hill Christmas campaign.

Rosary Hill is dedicated to hospice

care for those who cannot afford this

type of treatment. They do not solicit

funds from government agencies but

rely upon the generosity of the public

for funds.

• Indian Point has pledged $150,000 to

support a donor coach for the New

York Blood Service. Each year the

site employees donate about 500

pints of blood at employee sponsored

blood drives.

• Entergy is a corporate sponsor of the

Westchester Arts Council that brings

educational and arts programs to the

local community.

Indian Point is currently owned by

Entergy Nuclear, LLC, a wholly-owned

subsidiary of New Orleans-based Entergy

Corporation and operated by Entergy’s

nuclear business function. There are

eight other nuclear sites with a combined

nine nuclear units owned by Entergy

subsidiaries and operated by Entergy’s

nuclear business function. These units

are located in Arkansas (Arkansas

Nuclear One, with two operating units),

Louisiana (River Bend and Waterford

3), Massachusetts (Pilgrim), Michigan

(Palisades), Mississippi (Grand Gulf),

New York (FitzPatrick) and Vermont

(Vermont Yankee). Energy Nuclear is

also contracted to provide management

services to Nebraska Power District’s

Cooper Nuclear Station in Nebraska

through 2014.

Contact: Jerry Nappi, Manager,

Communications, Indian Point Energy

Center, 450 Broadway, Suite 1, Buchanan,

NY 10511; telephone: (914) 721-7132,


Nuclear Plant Journal, July-August 2009 61



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