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Switzerland: Framatome awarded contract for modernization of reactor protection system at Gösgen Nuclear Power Plant

April 25, 2019 | 1 min |
Framatome was awarded a contract to modernize the reactor protection system (RPS) of the Gösgen Nuclear Power Plant (NPP)* operated by the Swiss utility Kernkraftwerk Gösgen-Däniken AG. The RPS powers down reactors safely in case of any deviations.

“This contract marks another important milestone in the long-lasting cooperation between Gösgen NPP and Framatome,” said Frédéric Lelièvre, Framatome’s senior executive vice president in charge of Sales, Regional Platforms and the Instrumentation and Control Business Unit. “It is yet another example showing how, over the years, we have managed the transformation from analog to digital technology successfully together.”

The scope of the contract includes modernization of the entire RPS using Framatome‘s proven digital instrumentation and control (I&C) platform, TELEPERM XS. In addition, important functions will be realized with a diverse hardwired back-up system. Installation and commissioning of the new RPS are scheduled for the plant’s 2022 outage. The modernization project enhances plant safety, supports long-term operation and protects investments into the future.

The signing of the contract was preceded by the successful modernization of the plant’s four emergency diesel generators, including the upgrade of the entire I&C and electrical systems with Framatome’s digital technology. In 2014, Framatome completed the digital modernization of the plant’s reactor control and limitation.

* The Gösgen pressurized water reactor was connected to the grid in 1979 and has a net electric output of 1,010 megawatts.


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%).