The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) (NYSE:BWC) announced today that its subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Energy, Inc., (B&W NE) was awarded a contract from American Electric Power (AEP) to provide steam generator services for the Donald C. Cook (D.C. Cook) Nuclear Plant just north of Bridgman, Mich. The D.C. Cook Plant contains two units, one of which is outfitted with Babcock & Wilcox replacement recirculating steam generators.
As part of this contract, B&W NE will execute a comprehensive inspection and cleaning campaign, which includes eddy current testing, visual inspections and water lancing. The inspections and cleaning activities are conducted periodically to monitor and maintain the condition of the steam generators.
The D.C. Cook units are built to a more compact design known as an ice condenser plant, for which B&W NE’s proprietary tooling and technology are ideally suited to efficiently perform the steam generator inspection and cleaning operations in restricted spaces.
“I’m confident that our proven performance in executing inspection and cleaning activities for nuclear utilities will contribute to successful outages at the D.C. Cook Plant,” said Joe Zwetolitz, President, B&W NE. “Our innovative remote inspection and optimized cleaning technologies continue to offer the industry low cost, dose and schedule advantages when it comes to steam generator inspection and maintenance services.”
The multi-year contract began in February.