Areva today announced the signing of a multi-million-dollar contract to supply and replace 12 low-pressure feedwater heaters at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Tonopah, Arizona. The components will pre-heat water used in the plant’s steam generator.
Areva 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.
Earlier this year, AREVA 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.
The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station’s three pressurized water reactors are capable of generating more than 4,000 MW per year and 32.5 million megawatt-hours of electricity for approximately 4 million people in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas.