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Penfield and Enos: Outage planning in the COVID-19 era
Energy Harbor’s Beaver Valley plant, located about 34 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Pa., was one of many nuclear sites preparing for a scheduled outage as the coronavirus pandemic intensified in March. The baseline objective of any planned outage—to complete refueling on time and get back to producing power—was complicated by the need to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
While over 200 of the plant’s 850 staff members worked from home to support the outage, about 800 contractors were brought in for jobs that could only be done on-site. Nuclear News Staff Writer Susan Gallier talked with Beaver Valley Site Vice President Rod Penfield and General Plant Manager Matt Enos about the planning and communication required.
Beaver Valley can look forward to several more outages in the future, now that plans to shut down the two Westinghouse pressurized water reactors, each rated at about 960 MWe, were reversed in March. “The deactivation announcement happened in the middle of all our planning,” Enos said. “It’s a shame we haven’t had a chance to get together as a large group and celebrate that yet.”
While the focus remains on safe pandemic operations, the site now has two causes for celebration: an outage success and a long future ahead.
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ANS Economic Imperative Student Design Project: "The Economic Imperative: From Building to Manufacturing"
The ANS Board of Directors has approved the launch of a nationwide student design project, aimed at using mass production technology to achieve the economic imperative.
Mass production designs need to be pre-licensed. Production engineers can then take these into the factories, and fabricate large modules that can be assembled quickly on site. Mass production lines could produce a steam generator a day; a pressure vessel per week. We do not need new reactor concepts or new fuel cycles. This will use innovation, change and transition to use existing technology to produce competitive products.
In addition, innovative designs will undoubtedly emerge from a fresh look at water-cooled reactor technology by young engineers already steeped in computerized design, instrumentation and control, from large high technology industries such as aerospace.
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