More Power Plant Operations & Maintenance News

Sendai 2 Nuclear Unit Set to Restart Soon


Mule Train Used to Haul Equipment to Remote California Hydro Plant


There are no roads leading to SMUD’s 688-MW Upper American River Project hydroelectric system, so recent projects at Rubicon Dam and Buck Island Reservoir saw SMUD engineers and contractors join 20 pack mules and their four handlers on a more than 6-mile trek with three tons of construction equipment, tools and camping supplies.

GE's Digital Power Plant: Applying the Internet of Things to The Energy Industry


The Digital Power Plant creates a “digital twin” of the physical power plant, offering real-time simulation while monitoring every asset in the plant.

Nuclear Operations Support Contract Extended


GSE Systems (NYSE: GVP) said that its Hyperspring LLC subsidiary will continue nuclear operations support services at an unnamed nuclear utility in the southern U.S.

Areva Chosen as Talen Energy's EOC for Nuclear Power Plant


Areva Inc. was picked as Talen Energy’s Engineer of Choice (EOC) for nuclear operations at the Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant in Pennsylvania.

Siemens to Provide Long-Term Service for Wind Energy Facility in Minnesota


Siemens has signed a long-term agreement with Minnesota Power to provide 10 years of service and maintenance for the Bison Wind Energy Center (BWEC) near New Salem, North Dakota.

Nuclear Power Maintenance Outage Begins Early at Fermi 2


DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) started a refueling and maintenance outage at the 1,170-MW Fermi 2 nuclear power unit in Michigan after the unit was manually shut down.

Upgrade to California Combined-Cycle Plant to Boost Efficiency, Output


Southern California Edison has reached a multiyear agreement with General Electric to upgrade Mountainview Generating Facility, a 1,054-MW plant in Redlands, California.

NRC Begins Special Inspection at Callaway Nuclear Plant


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) started special inspections at the Callaway nuclear power plant following a reactor shutdown in August.

Westinghouse, Holtec team on nuclear spent fuel storage technology


Westinghouse Electric Co. and Holtec International signed a 10-year teaming agreement to provide dry cask spent fuel storage technology to U.S. nuclear power plants.

316(b): One Year Later


We are rapidly approaching the one year anniversary of the publication of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new regulations under Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act for Existing Facilities and New Units at Existing Facilities.

Kirigami-Inspired Solar Panels to Increase Efficiency


Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that solar panels perform more efficiently when cut into strips using a method inspired by kirigami, a variation of origami in which paper designs are cut and folded.

MHPSA Gas Turbine Chosen for New 525-MW Facility in Ohio


NTE Energy’s Middletown Energy Center in Middletown, Ohio is slated to go online April 2018. NTE chose MHPSA’s M501GAC gas turbine for the facility, which is expected to produce enough electricity to serve 400,000 homes.

EDF: Hinkley Point C Nuclear Plant Start Date Delayed


France-owned EDF Energy says that the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project will not begin in 2023 as planned.

Most US Nuclear Power Plants Operating at Highest Level, NRC Says


A majority of U.S. nuclear power plants are operating at the highest performance levels in the latest mid-cycle assessments from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

SCE&G Updates Costs, Construction Schedule for Nuclear New Builds


The two reactors under construction at the V.C. Summer nuclear power plant in South Carolina are now scheduled for completion in 2019 and 2020, according to updated filings with the state Public Service Commission (PSC).

Dungeness B Nuclear Reactor Online After Planned Outage


The Dungeness B nuclear Unit 22 is back online following a 16-week planned maintenance outage.

NRC to increase oversight of Pilgrim nuclear power plant


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will increase its oversight of the 670-MW Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Massachusetts.

Exelon announces results of 2016-17 PJM transition auction for Illinois nuclear plants


Exelon Corporation has announced that all Illinois nuclear plants in PJM cleared in the transition capacity auction for the 2016-17 planning year. 

Sendai nuclear Unit 1 connects to grid


The Sendai 1 nuclear power unit in Japan is expected to reach commercial operations, almost three years after it was shut down following the Fukushima accident.