Nuclear power plant services contract awarded to GE

Spain’s Iberdrola and Nuclenor awarded GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) with multi-year services contracts to help maintain the 1,092 MW Cofrentes and the 466 MW Santa María de Garoña nuclear power plants.

The Cofrentes station, owned by Iberdrola, generates power using a GE (NYSE: GE) boiling water reactor (BWR) that began operating in 1985. The S.M. Garoña station, owned by Nuclenor, uses a GE BWR that has been in operation since 1971.

Under terms of the six-year, multi-cycle services agreement, which contains options to extend the agreement to 10 years, GEH will provide a broad scope of outage and refueling services to ensure the optimal performance of the stations, including:

  • Drywell and vessel head disassembly/assembly
  • Reactor pressure vessel (RPV) maintenance
  • Visual and ultrasonic Inspections

GENUSA, the European BWR fuel joint venture between Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) and Spanish nuclear fuel company ENUSA, will provide nuclear fuel reloads under a separate agreement. GNF is the GE majority-owned fuel fabrication and fuel engineering services venture jointly established by GE, Hitachi and Toshiba.

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