Michigan-based DTE Energy has awarded outage services work to GE Power & Water through GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and GE Power Generation Services (PGS) for the utility’s Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant, the company said Thursday.
GEH will provide a host of outage and inspection services related to the boiling water nuclear reactor at the Fermi 2 plant in Newport, Michigan, while PGS will provide inspection and maintenance services to the main generator and six turbine valves. The services will be provided during an outage this fall.
Fermi 2, which is 25 miles northeast of Toledo, Ohio, is a 1,170-megawatt (MW) boiling water reactor that has been operating since 1988. The reactor has the capacity to provide clean, carbon-free electricity to more than 1 million homes. Global Nuclear Fuel, a GE-led joint venture, has provided fuel to the plant since the initial core load.
In addition to providing critical maintenance services to its existing unit, GEH also has partnered with DTE Energy in the new plant’s space. In April, the utility received approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to construct and operate a GEH Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) on the Fermi 2 plant site. Issuance of the license concluded a six-year process that examined the technical, safety and environmental aspects of the potential 1,500-MW unit. The license marked the first for an ESBWR and came on the heels of the reactor’s NRC certification in 2014.
Regarding the contracts, “these awards are outstanding examples of the comprehensive, end-to-end solutions that GE Power & Water provides to nuclear power customers,” said Lance Hall, senior vice president, Nuclear Services and Fuels, GEH. “We … look forward to bringing project management excellence, technical rigor, industry-leading performance and innovative technology solutions to the fall outage at Fermi 2,” he said.
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