GE Hitachi and Exelon complete PWR outage at Ginna nuclear power plant

1 February 2016 (Last Updated February 1st, 2016 18:30)

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH), in collaboration with Exelon Generation, has completed the services outage at a Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) facility at Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in Ontario, New York, US.

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH), in collaboration with Exelon Generation, has completed the services outage at a Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) facility at Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in Ontario, New York, US.

Said to be the company’s first outage at a PWR facility, GEH has completed the outage ahead of schedule and under budget.

GEH president and CEO Jay Wileman said: "The scope of work conducted by GEH was completed 26 hours ahead of schedule.

"This performance, combined with Exelon’s outstanding efforts, led to the shortest outage in the 45 year history of the Ginna plant.

"Combining our world-class operational rigor and standards with our well-experienced crew was the key to our contribution to this record-setting performance."

"The successful execution of our portion of this outage demonstrates our ability to provide PWR operators with the same level of project management expertise and technical rigor that our BWR customers have come to expect."

GEH completed the outage by employing a team, which is experienced in servicing the PWRs in various sectors such as project management, planning, supervision, fuel movement as well as vessel disassembly and reassembly.

Before commencing the outage, Exelon provided training to the team members at one of its facilities.

GEH field services vice-president Beth Lemmons said: "Combining our world-class operational rigor and standards with our well-experienced crew was the key to our contribution to this record-setting performance.

"Most importantly, we helped our customer prepare for a quicker return to generating clean energy for New York."

In 1957, GEH linked a nuclear reactor to the commercial electricity grid in Vallecitos, California, US, for the first time.

So far, the company has built more than 60 boiling water reactors (BWRs) throughout the world and provides services to various BWRs in operation.

GEH is also planning to bring in advanced services assistance to boost the outage performance of PWRs, which account for roughly two-thirds of nuclear reactors.