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Utility Challenge
Faced with a rapidly diminishing supply of obsolete spare parts, and an increase in associated maintenance costs, a customer had a critical need for replacement of 74 medium-voltage breakers from a dependable supplier.

Framatome Solution
Framatome is providing state-of-the-art medium voltage vacuum replacement circuit breakers, engineered as a direct replacement for the 74 obsolete breakers. Framatome worked diligently to confirm the replacement breakers would meet the customer and application requirements through extensive up-front planning, engineering and qualification, extensive customer engagement and close coordination with the original equipment manufacturer. Following design approval and qualification, the breakers were manufactured in three months, and then tested, inspected, and commercial grade dedication performed by Framatome.

The Result
Smooth installation of the first set of breakers with Framatome's support to address any emergent issues with no impact to the outage schedule. Framatome will deliver the balance of the breakers over the next four years to maximize the customer’s inventory efficiency.

The Benefit
Responsiveness and ongoing support from Framatome – standing by our customer for the long-term.

  • Air Conditioning, Chillers and other Heat Removal Components

    Air Conditioning, Chillers and other Heat Removal Components

    Framatome has a distribution agreement with Ellis & Watts to provide safety and non-safety-related air conditioning, chillers and other heat removal components and systems to ensure the safe and reliable operation of your nuclear plants. The equipment is designed and manufactured under a robust quality control program, and is performance tested, resulting in the delivery and installation of quality products you can depend upon.

  • Total Breaker Solutions

    Total Breaker Solutions

    Framatome’s Total Breaker Solutions Program provides high-quality, reliable solutions that also reduce lead times and lower costs. From new replacement breakers, reconditioning or repair, parts supply to maintenance, Framatome’s Total Breaker Solutions are custom designed to fit your needs and to improve your performance.

     

    For new replacement breakers, Framatome can support all project phases from conceptual design, detailed design, implementation, equipment qualification, commercial grade dedication, documentation and  training.

     

    Through our relationships with industry leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Framatome works directly with the OEMs in support of the new breaker supply process as well as for reconditioning and parts supply. With more than 20 years of commercial grade dedication experience, Framatome offers industry-leading quality in commercial grade dedication services. Part of our commitment to your long-term success, Framatome is offering the Maintenance Interval and Life Extension Solutions (MILES) Program.  The MILES program is a comprehensive preventative maintenance approach utilizing the analysis of wear items on nuclear installed breakers from multiple utilities.  This program utilizes the most current technologies, parts kits, and new synthetic lubrication to extend the time interval between maintenance, providing for long-term cost savings through reduced maintenance requirements.

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    By upgrading to Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) plants may derive significant benefits including increased reliability, reduction in electrical houseload, improved flow control and environmental benefits.

    Targeted applications include the replacement of motor speed controls for Reactor Recirculation Pumps, Cooling Water Pumps, Motor-Generator (M-G) set applications or any large pumps with control valves.

    In addition to saving energy, our proven VFD technology can improve profitability through enhanced control and reduce maintenance. Also, VFDs address the obsolescence of aging M-G sets, improving reliability, reducing maintenance and decreasing fire loading.

  • Safety, Non-Safety Motors

    Motors

    Our broad scope of safety and non-safety related motors provide our customers quality, flexibility to meet their requirements, short lead times and delivery performance. We have world-class teaming resources for new and specialty motors with Siemens (Allis-Chalmers), Baldor-Reliance and Specialty Motors (Jeumont Electric.)

    Framatome can work with you to determine the best solution to meet your needs. New motors often have better efficiency and can improve your margin in plant house loads, heat loss, cooling systems and qualification.

    Our greatest value add is providing the right products, strict project management, manufacturing experience, and engineering oversight on these types of projects to meet the rigorous demands of our nuclear customers. Our team is committed to enhancing plant reliability and minimizing impact on outage schedules. Plus, we enable you to reduce maintenance costs by providing a direct channel for on-site and off-site field services.

    We are constantly improving technology to ensure that we safely meet your needs for reliable motor operation. We understand the costly implications associated with motor maintenance and work diligently to ensure that we have the resources in place – when you need them. Look to Framatome for all of your motor performance needs. You can expect certainty and count on us to deliver.

    Key Benefits:

    • Can provide complete turnkey installation
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    • A known source that you can count on
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    • Engineering and product oversight
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    MCC Buckets and Breakers

    Framatome offers solutions to assist in these areas whether customers wish to replace entire lineups of low and medium voltage switchgear or motor control centers or if they choose to address just the main components. In the latter case, direct replacement low or medium voltage power circuit breakers or replacement MCC buckets can be provided with all the latest technology made to fit in the original OEM’s switchgear or MCCs. In some cases, a combination of both can be achieved.

    For example, in the medium voltage area, the switchgear may be able to be refurbished while the original air circuit breakers are changed out with up to date vacuum breaker replacements. In all cases, Framatome provides the rigorous engineering, quality and project management oversight our nuclear customers expect. 

    Framatome also gives customers insight on how their electrical distribution system is performing at any given time with innovative solutions for bus and load monitoring. When upgrading obsolete equipment, the time is perfect to add devices that provide real-time, online monitoring of critical motor control center loads or the health of medium voltage bus.

    Tying everything together, Framatome offers a complete Distribution Equipment Reliability and Life Extension program. From a complete evaluation of a customer’s electrical distribution system to recommending upgrades and incorporating smart monitoring solutions, Framatome provides a high level of confidence that plants operate safely and efficiently today and for years to come.

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    Features and Benefits

    • Experienced team with decades of supplying high quality generators (no first-of-a-kind)
    • Established and proven reverse engineering process
    • Successful track record of delivering on or ahead of schedule to minimize project risks
    • Generator designs to be interchangeable with the existing generators and have electrical performance characteristics that meet or exceed the original designs
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    • State-of-the-art facilities and technology
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