US EnergySolutions is increasing its capabilities to support US nuclear plant life extension and new plant construction, and the energy industry’s 2050 net zero goals. EnergySolutions says it is leveraging its existing nuclear services infrastructure and has assembled an experienced and proven team of management for the expanded service offering.
As a key supplier of nuclear decommissioning/decontamination, waste processing and disposal services in the US and Canada, EnergySolutions will deliver experienced project management, supervision, and subject matter expertise that will support plant life extension projects and new reactor planning and construction. “Initially, we will provide project execution and labour management expertise coupled with our proven track record in executing large capital projects that will provide utilities, developers, and prospective owners with a mission-critical solution for project delivery,” the company explains.
“In addition, we are in the early phases of exploring the use of EnergySolutions-owned former nuclear sites such as Kewaunee Nuclear Generating Station, as potential locations for future new nuclear generation sites.”
EnergySolutions acquired the single-unit Kewaunee NPP in Wisconsin in 2022 from Dominion Energy with the original aim of decommissioning the plant. The plant, commissioned in 1974 was the 44th NPP built in the US. Its operating licence was extended for 20 years until 2033 but falling electricity prices resulted in its closure in 2013.
EnergySolutions is also currently decommissioning Three Mile Island unit 2 in Pennsylvania, which it owns through its TMI-2 Solutions subsidiary. It is also decommissioning the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in southern California and Fort Calhoun in Nebraska. It has completed decommissioning work at the Zion plant in Illinois and the La Crosse boiling water reactor in Wisconsin.