Emergency generator order for South Texas ABWRs

21 April 2010

Fairbanks Morse Engine has been awarded a contract to supply six safety related Emergency Diesel Generator sets (EDGs) to Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corp. (TANE) for installation at units 3 & 4 of the South Texas Project. They will be the first 1E-qualified EDGs manufactured for new US nuclear construction in nearly three decades.

The EDGs – design Fairbanks Morse Colt-Pielstick PC2.6B – will be manufactured and tested at the Fairbanks‘ facility in Beloit, Wisconsin, in accordance with Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requirements for 1E safety related equipment. Each unit will have a continuous power output of 8130kWe.

Fairbanks Morse Engine is the leading supplier of diesel generator sets to the nuclear power industry, with a history reaching back to 1968. At present, 39 commercial nuclear reactors in North America depend on Fairbanks Morse diesel engines. "Our unmatched combination of quality, reliability, and industry experience makes Fairbanks Morse Engine the EDG supplier of choice for the nuclear industry," said company president George Whittier

The proposed expansion of the South Texas Project will feature two 1350MW Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWRs). When STP units 3&4 are operational, they will double the plant's output and make it the largest nuclear power facility in the United States. TANE is serving as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the proposed expansion under contract with STP Nuclear Operating Company as agent for the owners of the plant.

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