atw 2019-05


atw Vol. 64 (2019) | Issue 5 ı May

Leadership Act (NELA). This legislation

sends an unmistakable signal

that the United States intends to

re-commit itself as a global leader in

clean, advanced nuclear technology.

“State-owned and state-sponsored

developers in rival nations – especially

China and Russia – are developing

next-generation nuclear technology.

For the American nuclear industry

to compete globally, we must have

significant collaboration among the

federal government, our national labs

and private industry to accelerate


“NELA provides the means for

America to continue to lead in nuclear

energy technology. We ask Congress

to pass this legislation to help ensure

the success of advanced nuclear technologies

that will play a tremendous

role in reaching a global clean energy

future, while creating jobs and economic


“This legislation sends an unmistakable

signal that the U.S. intends to

re-commit itself as a global leader in

clean, advanced nuclear technology,”

says @NEI’s Korsnick. Read NEI’s

statement to learn why the NELA bill

is critical for the industry’s future.

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Nuclear Industry Association

comments on Micro Reactors


(niauk) The Nuclear Industry Association

has issued a statement in relation

to the Government’s publication of an

independent report on Micro Nuclear

Reactors, their key characteristics and

an assessment of the market and

regulatory challenges.

Peter Haslam, Head of Policy at the

Nuclear Industry Association said:

“We believe small and micro reactors

have a role to play alongside large

reactors in increasing the clean energy

contribution from nuclear, while also

improving the UK’s energy security.

“In addition, the inherent flexibility

of micro reactors presents a big

opportunity for the UK as they can be

constructed here and transported

across the world for assembly.

“The industry will continue to

work with government to realise the

potential of this technology.”

The report outlines the key

tech nological characteristics of Micro

Nuclear Reactors (MNRs) and assesses

the associated market and regulatory

challenges. MNRs are a subgroup

of Small Modular Reactors

which are under ~30 MW in size.

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Vogtle milestone signals

momentum for future of

U.S. nuclear industry

(nei) Nuclear Energy Institute’s Maria

Korsnick joined Energy Secretary Rick

Perry and Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia

for the capping of the containment

vessel on Vogtle 3. The following

is a statement from Maria Korsnick,

president and chief executive officer

of NEI.

“Today is an exciting day for the

state of Georgia and our country as we

move closer to completing the nation’s

first new nuclear plant in 30 years.

The progress made today on Vogtle 3

is another reminder that the United

States remains a significant force in

the global nuclear industry.

“We thank the administration and

Secretary Perry for their support of

the Vogtle project, which is a wise

investment for the future of America’s

nuclear power sector and our clean

energy future.

“Building Vogtle 3 and 4 is the

largest job-producing construction

project in Georgia, and when finished

the reactors will employ hundreds of

highly skilled workers for decades to

come. Producing massive amounts of

emission-free electricity around the

clock, the four-reactor Vogtle nuclear

power station will be one of America’s

largest clean energy facilities.”

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Company News

Framatome delivers GAIA fuel

assemblies containing the

first complete Enhanced

Accident Tolerant Fuel concept

(framatome) Framatome delivered the

industry’s first full-length Enhanced

Accident Tolerant Fuel (EATF) concept

containing both pellets and claddings

to Georgia Power’s Alvin W. Vogtle

Electric Generating Plant. Southern

Nuclear, operator of Plant Vogtle,

inserted the GAIA lead fuel assemblies

containing EATF during the Unit 2

spring refueling outage. Framatome

delivered the fuel to the plant in

January 2019.

“This is an important milestone

for Framatome and the industry,” said

Lionel Gaiffe, senior executive vice

president, Fuel Business Unit at

Framatome. “We applaud Southern

Nuclear’s consistent support of EATF

initiatives, and we are pleased to

deploy an economical advanced fuel

technology that offers operators

additional response time and greater

operational flexibility.”

Under the umbrella of its PROtect

program, Framatome’s advanced

chromium coating added to the stateof-the-

art M5Framatome zirconium

alloy cladding improves hightemperature

oxidation resistance and

reduces hydrogen generation during

loss of cooling. The chromium coating

also greatly reduces creep to maintain

a coolable geometry and has

mechanical pro perties that allow for

more operator response time. Further,

the innovative coating offers increased

resistance to debris fretting

during normal operations.

In addition to chromium coated

cladding, this integrated fuel solution

includes chromia-enhanced fuel

pellets, which have a higher density,

reduced fission gas release, and

improved behavior during loss of

cooling. Reduced Pellet Clad Interaction

(PCI) also better supports

power maneuvering.

Framatome has worked for several

years with the support of the U.S.

Department of Energy’s Accident

Tolerant Fuel program, which has

allowed the company to significantly

improve on its initial target of 2022 to

deploy this technology. European

partners, like CEA, which initially

explored and identified the suitable

cladding coating process, and also

EDF, Goesgen Nuclear Power Plant in

Switzerland and leaders from across

the nuclear sector have collaborated

for several years on aspects of this fuel


Framatome fabricated the fuel

assemblies at its fuel manufacturing

facility in Richland, Washington, as

part of a 2017 contract with Southern

Nuclear. Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary

of Southern Company, operates

a total of six units for Alabama Power

and Georgia Power.

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GNS: Twelve CASTOR® casks

for PreussenElektra

(gns) GNS supplies twelve transport

and storage casks of the type CASTOR®

V/19 for the spent fuel from the

German NPPs Brokdorf and Grohnde.

GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-

Service mbH has received an order to

supply a total of twelve transport and

storage casks of the type CASTOR®

V/19. The casks will be used for the

removal of spent fuel assemblies from

the two pressurized water reactor

NPPs of PreussenElektra in Brokdorf

and Grohnde which are still in




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