Gas, Nuclear, Waste Management & Decommissioning

Wolf Creek Nuclear Selects Orano TN for Used Fuel Storage

The Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Co. has selected Orano TN to provide used fuel management and transportation services for the generating station near Burlington, Kansas.

The subsidiary of global firm Orano will develop the Wolf Creek site’s first Interim Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) and will transfer the used nuclear fuel from the reactor’s storage pool to the new onsite NUHOMS dry storage systems, according to the release. The installation and initial transfer is expected to be completed by 2021.

“We look forward to a strong partnership between Orano and Wolf Creek as we implement this critically important project,” said Jaime McCoy, site vice president at Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Company.

The NUHOMS MATRIX horizontal storage modules are a two-tiered cavity module which can reduce the amount of storage pad needed, while the high-capacity dry-shielded canisters can store up to 37 used fuel assemblies each, according to Orano. The company’s NUHOMS system has stored used nuclear fuel at 33 sites including more than 45,000 used fuel assemblies, according to the report.

“Our continuing investment in developing and deploying advanced storage technology was a key value during the highly competitive bid process,” said Greg Vesey, senior vice president of Orano TN. “As the selected vendor, our experienced teams are prepared to complete this construction and transfer in a safe, timely and efficient manner.”
Wolf Creek’s nuclear generating station has been in operation since 1985. The plant has a capacity output of about 1,200 MW, enough for 800,000 homes in Missouri and Kansas.

Orano was previously known as Areva and is based in Paris.