German company Areva has upgraded a refuelling machine at the 1,410MW Isar 2 nuclear power plant in Bavaria.
The company also optimised control system as part of the outage last year, enabling a faster transport of fuel assemblies.
Areva's department manager for the project Oswald Bieber said: “This project is another milestone in the partnership with PreussenElektra that started already with the construction of the plant.
“During the last year we have modernised the safety instrumentation and control (I&C) systems stepwise.”
The newly optimised control system is said to exceed specifications of the current German Nuclear Safety Standards Commission (KTA) regulations.
Isar 2 I&C deputy head said: “The new refuelling machine control system will noticeably improve our processes during future outages and make them safer.
“I would like to thank the Areva team for its great job and the successful project completion, on time and on budget.”
Located in Markt Essenbach in Germany, the Isar 2 plant is a pressurised water reactor. It has been providing power since 1988.
The nuclear power plant refuelling machine is a mobile lifting device, which plays a major role during annual outage. As loading, unloading, and shuffling of fuel assemblies account for both significant amount of time and effort, refuelling directly influences outage time.
In addition to Isar 2, Areva has modernised refuelling machines for Trillo nuclear power plant in Spain and the Emsland facility in Germany.