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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.
K. Liger, P. Trabuc, X. Lefebvre, M. Troulay, C. Perrais
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 67 | Number 2 | March 2015 | Pages 455-458
Proceedings of TRITIUM 2013 | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST14-T53
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In the framework of the development of fusion thermonuclear reactors, tritiated solid waste is foreseen and will have to be managed. In France, the long-term management of all radioactive waste is under the responsibility of the national waste management agency (ANDRA), which sets out strict specifications on waste drums before their acceptances in disposal. Among all these specifications, the related ones for tritium concern limitations in terms of activity and tritium degassing. The latter is the subject of research developments to improve its control. The degassing tritium can be under the form of tritiated hydrogen, tritiated water and, in some specific cases, negligible amount of tritiated volatile organic compound. Hence, considering the major forms of degassing tritium, CEA has developed a mixed-compound dedicated to tritium trapping in drums. Based on several experiments, the foreseen mixed compound is composed of MnO2, Ag2O, Pt and molecular sieve, the three first species having the ability to convert tritiated hydrogen into tritiated water and the last one acting as a trap for tritiated water. This paper aims at describing the formulation of the mixed solids compound and presenting the first results of experimental lab-scale tests performed on purely tritiated waste confined in a small reactor. It is observed that the rate of tritium degassing from the reactor is reduced drastically during several months by means of the presence of the mixed compound.