French nuclear power conglomerate AREVA said Monday it had signed a multimillion-dollar contract to supply and replace 12 low-pressure feedwater heaters at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Tonopah, Arizona.
The low-pressure feedwater heaters help to increase the performance of a nuclear energy facility by pre-heating water used in the steam generator.
The company's nuclear construction division AREVA NP will lead a team that includes SPX and Barnhart to design, manufacture, prepare and install the feedwater heaters. Pre-outage work for the replacements begins in spring 2018, with the maintenance outages occurring between 2019 and 2025.
The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station’s three pressurized water reactors are capable of generating more than 4,000 megawatts per year and 32.5 million megawatt-hours of low-carbon electricity for approximately 4 million people in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.
Earlier this year, AREVA NP delivered 54 in-core detector assemblies to Palo Verde as part of another initiative to increase the facility’s efficiency. In-core detector assemblies provide operators with the ability to enhance reactor operation through continuous, real-time monitoring of core conditions. Two additional deliveries, each of 53 in-core detector assemblies, are scheduled for 2017 and 2018.
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