From the pages of Nuclear News: Industry update

December 6, 2021, 12:00PMNuclear News

NuScale Power has signed a memorandum of understanding with Prodigy Clean Energy and Kinectrics to explore and inform the development of a regulatory framework to address the licensing and deployment of a marine power station (MPS). The MPS would integrate one to 12 NuScale power modules into a marine-based nuclear power plant system. The MPS would be shipyard-fabricated and marine-transported to its deployment location, where it would be moored in place in sheltered and protected waters at the shoreline. Prodigy is Canada’s first commercial marine nuclear power developer, specializing in integrating existing power reactors into stationary-deployed marine power plant structures. Kinectrics provides life-cycle management services to the electricity industry.

NuScale Power and Romania’s S.N. Nuclearelectrica S.A. have signed a teaming agreement to advance the deployment of NuScale’s small modular reactor technology. Under the agreement, NuScale will help Nuclearelectrica evaluate its technology, and together the organizations will take steps toward deploying a NuScale six-module 462-MWe power plant in Romania as early as 2027/2028. Nuclearelectrica is a state-owned Romanian company that produces electricity, heat, and nuclear fuel and operates under the authority of the Romanian Ministry of Energy.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTS

Framatome acquires Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear I&C

Framatome has completed its purchase of Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Instrumentation and Control. The acquisition will incorporate Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear’s products into Framatome’s I&C portfolio. More than 550 employees, mainly located in Grenoble, France, will join the company through the transaction.

Paragon Energy Solutions has acquired Technology Resources, a firm focused on nuclear reactor instrumentation and control system licensing and engineering support for the existing fleet and new reactors across the U.S. and around the world. Paragon’s primary market focus areas are the commercial nuclear market, the Department of Energy, nuclear propulsion (Department of the Navy/Department of Energy), and next-generation reactors. The service offerings center around instrumentation and control, custom design, qualification and dedication, and the PeAks Marketplace that matches power plant parts with global buyers and sellers.

■ A new program led by Laurentis Energy Partners and BWXT Medical Ltd. to produce the medical isotope molybdenum-99 for the first time in a power reactor has been approved by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. The CNSC approved an amendment to the operating license for the Darlington nuclear power plant, owned and operated by Laurentis’s parent company, Ontario Power Generation. Mo-99 decays to technetium-99m, one of the most-used diagnostic imaging agents in nuclear medicine.

General Fusion has selected Oak Ridge, Tenn., as its base for U.S. operations as the company advances plans for a first-of-a-kind commercial pilot fusion plant. The GF office is located near Oak Ridge National Laboratory, home to the U.S. ITER fusion program.

Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation has been awarded a Phase I research project, as well as a Phase II continuation project, through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research program. The $200,000 Phase I project will focus on developing test methods for sensors embedded in nuclear reactor components during the manufacturing or 3D-printing process. The $1,100,000 Phase II project will be a continuation of the Phase I project, where AMS demonstrates the feasibility of developing an online monitoring system for critical structures, systems, and components of microreactors to enable autonomous operations.

CONTRACTS

GSE wins contract to support a nuclear-powered energy data center campus

GSE Systems has signed a contract with Talen Energy to support the development of Talen subsidiary Cumulus Data's flagship Susquehanna Hyperscale Data Center Campus. Talen Energy is developing a cryptocurrency mining facility and data center on the campus, which is adjacent to the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Luzerne County, Pa., and will be powered by the nuclear plant. The project is expected to come on line in the second quarter of 2022.

Uranium Energy Corporation has entered into a definitive share purchase agreement with Uranium One Investments, a subsidiary of Uranium One, to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Uranium One Americas for a total purchase price of $112 million in cash and the replacement of $19 million in reclamation bonding. Uranium One is the world's fourth-largest uranium producer and is part of Russia's state atomic energy corporation, Rosatom. The acquisition will create the largest uranium mining company in the United States.

KUDOS

Petersen Inc. has been awarded a 2020-2021 Supply Chain Excellence Award by Bechtel for its contributions to the Department of Energy’s Hanford Vit Plant (Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant) project. Companies were evaluated on multiple factors, including overall performance, ability to deliver quality services, and meeting or exceeding expectations of safety, performance, technical expertise, and environmental compliance. For the Vit project, Petersen built two 300-ton melters that will process a portion of the 56 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste generated during the Manhattan Project and the Cold War. The process involves mixing silica and other glass-forming materials, which are heated to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit and then poured into stainless steel containers for disposal. Designing and manufacturing the two melters included 1,200 engineering drawings, and fabrication took nearly three years to complete. A third melter is in fabrication as a spare. Petersen is currently manufacturing the stainless steel containers used to dispose of the waste.


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