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Finland nuclear power reactors return to service after maintenance outages


Both units at the Loviisa nuclear power plant in Finland are back online after annual maintenance outages.

Condenser Performance: Assigning Monetary Losses to Sources of Degradation


Many plants fail to understand the nuances of condenser operation. Read about how one plant dug deep into condenser data to isolate degradation during a significant performance degradation event.

Smoke Alarms and Insurance Policies


What do the following items have in common: fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and insurance policies?

L-3 Mapps to upgrade Sizewell B’s nuclear simulator


L-3 Mapps will upgrade the Sizewell B nuclear power plant’s simulator and provide other training devices for plant operator EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited.

NRC begins special inspection at Millstone nuclear power unit


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will begin a special inspection at the Millstone 3 nuclear power plant in Connecticut that is operated by Dominion Nuclear (NYSE: D).

Emerson Process Management named contractor for comprehensive controls replacement project


Longview Power plant has named Emerson Process Management as its main automation contractor for a comprehensive and fast-track controls replacement project that will improve reliability at its facility in Maidsville, West Virginia, a 965-MW coal-fired, supercritical unit that serves Morgantown and surrounding communities.

VIDEO: Reactor vessel installed at Watts Bar 2 nuclear unit


The fully assembled reactor vessel was installed at the Watts Bar 2 nuclear project in Tennessee.

Valves & Actuators


Valves and actuators get little or no recognition. But their impact on power plant efficiency can be significant. <em>Power Engineering</em> identifies several notable improvements in actuator technology.

Westinghouse will supply nuclear reactor pumps for Finnish nuclear plants


Westinghouse Electric Co. received a 40 million euros ($53.6 million) contract from TVO to deliver 12 advanced nuclear reactor internal pumps for the Olkiluoto units 1 and 2 in Finland.

Toshiba awards DSIC contract for Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear complex project


Decision Sciences International Corp. (DSIC), a technology provider of security and detection systems, has received a contract from Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba) to supply its muon tracking detectors for the reclamation of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear complex.

Pumps and rotating equipment company acquires O&M business for $42mn


Sulzer announced it has completed its acquisition of two Grayson Armature businesses, Grayson Armature Large Motor Division Inc., and Grayson Armature Orange Texas Inc., for $42 million.

Summer nuclear power plant shut down for leaky valve


South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) shut down the V.C. Summer nuclear power plant due to a leaking safety valve.

Oyster Creek nuclear power plant returns to service


The 636-MW Oyster Creek Generating Station in New Jersey returned to full power July 17 after inspections showed potential issues with components that control reactor pressure.

Emerson upgrades gas turbine controls


Piqua Power System, located in Ohio, has successfully upgraded its OEM turbine controls.

St. Lucie Shows Public Opinion Is Easily Swayed


Recently, the St. Lucie nuclear power plant in Florida has been in the news for reportedly having steam generator tube wear.

Valves & Actuators: The Path to Greater Efficiency & Performance


Valves and actuators are critical in every aspect of power plant operations, and companies are working to make innovations that will improve performance and reduce costs.

Areva to supply nuclear power components for Korea units


Areva was awarded a contract to supply and replace six stators for units 3 and 4 at Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power’s Kori Nuclear power plant.

Perry Nuclear Power Plant leak does not affect operations


Perry Nuclear Power Plant had nearly 50 gallons of refrigerant leak from a valve on Wednesday, giving the plant an “Unusual Event” notification.

Smoke seen coming from Exelon nuclear power unit


Operators with Exelon (NYSE: EXC) declared an alert at Unit 2 of the Quad Cities nuclear power plant in Illinois after smoke was seen coming from one of the plant’s electrical systems.

Most EIA regions show increase in natural gas prices


Nine of the 10 reporting regions monitored by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed an increase in spot natural gas prices according to figures posted March 26.