Press Release

USA: Framatome signs multimillion-dollar contract with Dominion Energy to provide fleet-wide steam generator services

May 17, 2018 | 1 min |
Category: installed base
Framatome signed a multimillion-dollar contract with Dominion Energy to provide steam generator services to the company’s entire nuclear reactor fleet. Scheduled to take place during eight outages from 2018 to 2020, the inspection and maintenance work will support the continued generation of low-carbon electricity from the Dominion fleet.

At nuclear energy facilities, steam generators play an integral role by converting water into steam using the heat created in the reactor core. This steam drives the turbines that help produce electricity.

“Our experts have decades of experience with steam generator inspections, which allows us to develop systems to complete these inspections more efficiently and at a lower cost to our customers,” said Catherine Cornand, senior executive vice president of Framatome’s Installed Base Business Unit. “That means these facilities are back in service faster, providing reliable electricity to homes and businesses.”

The Framatome team will deploy Trident, its next-generation steam generator inspection system, as part of these services. This technology reduces dose and inspection time, while improving safety and human performance, by utilizing robots like the recently added FORERUNNER*.

FORERUNNER is a light, mobile robot. Its spider-like movements in all working positions, on horizontal or vertical tubesheets, easily adapt to different steam generator geometries. It can also calculate the optimal inspection path using an intelligent path algorithm, which can decrease inspection time by 30 to 50 percent.

Framatome will service the steam generators during scheduled outages at the Millstone Power Station in Waterford, Connecticut; the North Anna Power Station in Mineral, Virginia; and the Surry Power Station in Surry, Virginia.

 

* FORERUNNER is developed and manufactured by INETEC-Institute for Nuclear Technology

 

About Framatome

Framatome is an international leader in nuclear energy recognized for its innovative solutions and value added technologies for the global nuclear fleet. With worldwide expertise and a proven track record for reliability and performance, the company designs, services and installs components, fuel, and instrumentation and control systems for nuclear power plants. Its more than 14,000 employees work every day to help Framatome’s customers supply ever cleaner, safer and more economical low-carbon energy.

Framatome is owned by the EDF Group (75.5%), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI – 19.5%) and Assystem (5%).