Nuclear, Reactors

GNF chosen for Entergy’s BWR fleet

3 October 2006 — Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF), a joint-venture of GE, Hitachi and Toshiba, has been awarded a multi-million dollar, 10-year contract to supply fuel fabrication and reload-engineering services for Entergy Corp.’s five boiling water reactors (BWRs).

GNF will supply reactors operated by Jackson, Mississippi-based Entergy Nuclear with GNF’s latest fuel bundle design. GNF also will provide a series of innovative and standard reload engineering services including reactor core and bundle design, safety analysis, reload license analysis, databank services and core monitoring services.

Under the contract, GNF will provide fuel fabrication and reload engineering services for the utility’s Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, Miss., the River Bend Station in St. Francisville, La., the James A. FitzPatrick plant in Oswego County, N.Y., Vermont Yankee in Vernon, Vt., and the Pilgrim Nuclear Station in Plymouth, Mass. starting in 2008.

Previously, GNF supplied fuel fabrication services for Entergy’s northern merchant BWR plants. The new award expands that work to Entergy’s reactors in both the northern and southern United States, covering the utility’s regulated and merchant nuclear plants.

The Entergy contract marks the commercial launch of GNF’s latest BWR fuel design, GNF2 Advantage, that GNF says will increase overall BWR fuel performance by increasing energy output while reducing total uranium requirements, with reductions in batch size and average batch enrichments.