NEI awards nuclear power plants, former CEO during annual meeting

At the Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) annual conference in Charlotte, N.C., several companies were given top honors for their work at nuclear power plants.

The 2011 Top Industry Practice awards were given to Entergy (NYSE: ETR) in two categories. The 688 MW Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts was awarded the top practice in equipment reliability for a non-conductive torqueing screw bit that eliminates half-SCRAMs, while the 1,839 MW Arkansas Nuclear One won for plant support with Angel Wings, a lightweight construction platform.

The Top Industry Practice awards are given by NEI in 15 categories for performance excellence – four reactor vendor awards, nine process awards for innovation to improve safety, efficiency and nuclear plant performance, and an award for vision and leadership.

During the same conference, Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) employees at the 2,538 MW Oconee Nuclear Station in South Carolina were awarded the B. Ralph Sylvia “Best of the Best” Award for completing one of the first digital upgrades to commercial reactor protection systems in the U.S. The conversion from the analog instrumentation common in these systems uses digital electronics technology to enhance the monitoring and control of reactor safety functions.

Aris Candris, senior advisor and a member of the Westinghouse Electric Co. Board of Directors, is the recipient of the 2012 Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award. Candris was the former president and CEO of Westinghouse.

The Smyth award was established in 1972 by NEI and ANS. It recognizes outstanding service in the development and safe management of nuclear energy science.

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