August 9, 2022 – Framatome announced it has been selected by a U.S. utility to provide a wide range neutron flux monitoring system at a South Carolina nuclear plant. The company will provide the system to all three units of the plant along with a spare system. The project will help enable owners of the nuclear station to meet new regulatory requirements at the facility and support the plant’s license renewal strategy.
“Framatome is playing a significant role helping utilities in the U.S. prepare for a cleaner energy future by extending the life of their nuclear fleets,” said Frédéric Lelièvre, senior executive vice president of Sales, Regional Platforms and the I&C Business Unit at Framatome. “I&C solutions like this are a crucial step in plant modernizations that support plant reliability during extended operations, and we are ready to deliver the technology and expertise to help U.S. utilities reach their carbon reduction goals.”
The instrumentation and control (I&C) system is the “brain and central nervous system” of the power plant. The wide range neutron flux monitoring system is a 1E safety related system that is essential for critical reactor response and performance. This particular solution is part of a family of products acquired by Framatome last November with their acquisition of Rolls Royce Civil Nuclear I&C. While this technology is installed globally, it will be the first implementation of this system in the U.S. The new systems are anticipated to be installed in three phases beginning the spring of 2024, with the final stage complete in the fall of 2025.
Framatome I&C neutron flux operations