Dominion Virginia Power has signed a contract with AREVA TN for provision of 75 NUHOMS EOS dry shielded canisters designed to store used nuclear fuel at two of the company's operating facilities though 2038.
The EOS canisters will be manufactured at AREVA TN's Columbiana Hi Tech facility in Kernersville, N.C.
AREVA TN expects to begin delivery of the canisters in 2019. The two companies held a ceremonial contract signing event at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris.
The “high capacity, high-burnup and high-heat load” AREVA TN system provides dry fuel storage for pressurized and boiling water reactors. “The EOS 37TH and EOS 89BTH baskets are constructed using alloy steel, aluminum and metal matrix composite plates configured into an egg crate design, allowing for more cost-effective fabrication,” according to a company Web site.
“The component assemblies are connected to perimeter aluminum transition rail assemblies. Geometric spacing, fixed neutron absorbers and soluble burn are used to maintain criticality control for enrichments up to 5 percent U235.”
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