AREVA and Caterpillar have signed a cooperative agreement to provide backup diesel generator sets and comprehensive engineering services to help U.S. utilities meet requirements established by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s FLEX program for beyond-design-basis event response.
Under this agreement, the companies will offer Cat® power module solutions ranging from 200 kW to 2.0 MW to provide nuclear power plants with the additional electricity needed for an emergency backup response solution. The units are cost effective and highly mobile, and can also be paralleled to increase electricity output to meet the needs of individual plants.
“At AREVA, we are always looking for innovative ways to support the changing needs of our utility customers both in the United States and globally,” said George Beam, senior vice president of AREVA Inc.’s Installed Base Services. “We are pleased to combine our engineering expertise with Caterpillar’s first-rate quality and long-term commitment in order to support utilities in reinforcing the safety of their nuclear operations.”
This initiative is part of AREVA’s Safety Alliance program, which offers nuclear operators the most advanced products and services to ensure the safety of their plants. As of June 30, more than 150 AREVA Safety Alliance projects have been launched with 53 nuclear utilities in 19 countries, representing a total value of more than $820 million since the creation of the program in 2011.
Caterpillar is a leader in the power generation marketplace with power systems engineered to deliver unmatched durability, reliability and value. The company offers worldwide product support with parts and service available globally through the Cat authorized service and dealer network. In addition, dealer service technicians are trained to service every aspect of Cat equipment.