Framatome has announced that it has been selected by an unnamed US utility to provide a wide range neutron flux monitoring system at a South Carolina NPP. The company will provide the system to all three units of the plant along with a spare system. The project will help enable plant owners to meet new regulatory requirements and support the plant’s licence renewal strategy.
Frédéric Lelièvre, senior executive vice president of Sales, Regional Platforms and the I&C Business Unit at Framatome, noted: “I&C solutions like this are a crucial step in plant modernisations that support plant reliability during extended operations, and we are ready to deliver the technology and expertise to help US utilities reach their carbon reduction goals.”
Framatome said the wide range neutron flux monitoring system is a safety related system that is essential for critical reactor response and performance. This particular solution is part of a family of products acquired by Framatome last November with their acquisition of Rolls Royce Civil Nuclear I&C. While this technology is installed globally, it will be the first implementation of this system in the USA. The new systems are anticipated to be installed in three phases beginning the spring of 2024, with the final stage complete in the fall of 2025.
Image: Framatome I&C neutron flux operations (courtesy of Framatome)