Nuclear industry service giant Framatome, primarily owned by French utility EDF, has announced a multimillion-euro contract to modernize the crane instrumentation and control (I&C) systems at the research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II), which is operated by the Technical University of Munich. The crane systems support various activities, such as neutron experiments, maintenance, waste treatment and fuel handling.
This modernization project involves dismantling existing components, commissioning four new cranes and implementing an automated control system. These improvements comply with the safety standards of the Nuclear Safety Standards Commission (KTA) and enhance reactor safety, reduce maintenance costs, sustain long-term operation and safeguard investments in the facility.
The modernized I&C system provides fail-safe, redundant components and advanced cyber security functionality. This safety-related system requires an independent review by the TÜV Technical Inspection Association before installation. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2022.
FRM II was built by Framatome and its predecessor companies and started operations in 2004. It is the world’s most powerful and modern neutron source and ensures the security of supply for all its applications. About 1,000 international guest researchers come to FRM II each year to perform cutting-edge research.
Earlier this month, Framatome signed a long-term service contract with the Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Company Limited (TNPJVC) to support operations of two EPRs at the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in China. This contract covers nuclear plant outage and maintenance work, including spare parts supply and engineering services for eight years.
Taishan Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1 is the first commercial and operational EPR in the world. Each capable of producing 1,750 megawatts of power, Taishan Units 1 and 2 are the world’s most powerful reactors currently in operation. The two EPRs are capable of supplying the Chinese power grid with up to 24 terawatt hours of low-carbon electricity a year, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 5 million people.
As the Framatome team manages the COVID-19 pandemic, its teams strictly comply with the measures taken both in and for travel to China. The team remains mobilized for the implementation of this contract as soon as conditions allow.
As a nuclear steam supply system specialist, Framatome designed the EPR and offers expertise in new build EPR projects alongside French utility EDF. In addition to the two EPRs in China, Framatome is contributing to the construction and commissioning of four EPRs – one at Olkiluoto in Finland, one at Flamanville in France and two at Hinkley Point in the United Kingdom.
TNPJVC is a joint venture between China General Nuclear Power Corporation (51%), EDF (30%) and Guangdong Energy Group (19%).
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