AREVA announced today it has developed an innovative new tool for nuclear reactor vessel inspections. The new technology is called the Lower Girth Weld Inspection Tool, is fully automated and can be used in all types of pressurized water reactors. Now nuclear power plant personnel can perform inspections remotely.
Vessel inspections are essential to the proper maintenance of the reactor and this tool creates a more efficient and cost-effective process. It also improves worker safety. AREVA designed the tool in accordance with the Electric Power Research Institute's Materials Reliability Program and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission NUREG 1766 regulation.
The Lower Girth Weld Inspection Tool has already been successfully used in the U.S. by some of AREVA's utility customers.
“Building on AREVA’s expertise in nuclear reactor outages and maintenance, our teams have developed an inspection technology which can be used in all types of pressurized water reactors. By providing safer and more efficient inspections, this tool can support utilities around the world in optimising the long term reliability of their operations,” said Philippe Samama, AREVA’s Installed Base Business Division executive vice president.
AREVA is also set to participate in the creation of a radioactive metallic waste treatment plant in the UK, along with British companies Mace and Atkins. The plan is for the partnership to design and construct a facility to handle the treatment of materials currently present on site at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site.