PECO Energy Co. recently used the new REM in-core sipping system (RICSS) from GE Nuclear Energy at its Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, where Otight leakersO were quickly identified, corrected, and the unit returned to service.
Florida Power & Light Co.?s (FP&L) St. Lucie power plant, a two-unit, 1,700-MW nuclear electric generating facility, selected Applied Radiological Control Inc. (ARC) for its turbine component cleaning project in preparation for non-destructive examination. The decision was made after extensive evaluation of cleaning principles and methods, non-destructive examination of metal substrates and a full-scale demonstration of ARC?s ultra high pressure (UHP) water-jetting process.
Electric utility SO2 emissions declined to 14.43 million tons in 1993, according to the Electric Power Annual 1993 released by the U.S. Department of Energy?s (USDOE) Information Administration. The latest data series includes information since 1989 and indicated that emissions have declined by 1.3 million tons over the five-year period ending in 1993.
How?s that for an attention-grabbing headline? Ironically, the fact that robotic tools are making their way into the general operations and maintenance (O&M) activities of a large and often conservative nuclear-based utility is kind of sensational.
Nuclear power?s share of worldwide electricity generation grew from 22 percent in 1992 to 26 percent in 1993, according to the U.S. Department of Energy?s Energy Information Administration?s (EIA) World Nuclear Outlook 1994. According to the report, growth is projected to continue in the near term.
Although there was a slowdown in the demand for electricity in 1994, the independent power industry added 3,000 MW of new capacity in the United States. According to the Electric Generation Association (EGA), independent power producers now account for more than 7 percent of the total installed generating capacity in the United States.
Radiological Decontamination and Decommissioning (RD & D), a one-day technical and professional training course sponsored by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), will present an overview of RD & D for nuclear facilities and research, test and power reactors. The course will be held on June 18, 1995, in Denver, Colo., immediately preceding the regular standards development meetings of ASTM Committee E-10 on nuclear technology and applications.
Business news and new business: GE Power Systems has won a $30.5 million contract from Colakoglu Metalurji A.S., Istanbul, Turkey, to provide turnkey plant engineering, design and power generation equipment and services for the first independent combined-cycle power plant in Turkey.
I heard an interesting comment from the audience at a recent nuclear power meeting. The session topic was improving the performance of operating nuclear plants. The audience member said that his firm was taking advantage of design conservatism built into the type of reactor his plant used by increasing output with relatively low-cost modifications. His plant would be able to generate an extra 50 MW at a cost of only $25 million.
PECO Energy Co.?s Peach Bottom atomic power station is using advanced fiber optic and video display technology to enhance its predictive maintenance program. The technology, first used at PECO?s nuclear power station in York County, Pa., to cross-train technicians in infrared thermography, has recently been used with a fiber optic borescope to inspect the inside of various systems and components.