Nuclear, Reactors

GSE Systems wins nuclear simulation upgrade contracts

9 February 2009 – GSE Systems Inc. — a power, process and manufacturing simulation and training company — won contracts to upgrade nuclear power plant simulators in Europe, Asia and the United States. Value of these contracts is more than $7 million.

The company will perform an upgrade to the Unit 3 simulator for the four-reactor, 4,000 MW Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant in Russia. GSE built two control room simulators covering the plant’s reactors, as well as two emergency shutdown control room simulators.

The Leningrad Unit 3 simulator was delivered by GSE in 1996 and underwent an upgrade in 2002. Now the Unit 3 simulator will undergo a major modification including modernizing the simulation computers, updating plant models to reflect the plant safety system changes, upgrading the simulation tool set and providing a new hardware interface system. The upgrade will be complete in about 18 months.

The Leningrad plant will also be the site for up to four next-generation pressurized water reactors in Russia. In October 2008, construction began on the foundation for a new 1,200 MW nuclear plant.