GEH awarded decommissioning contract for Oyster Creek

15 July 2019

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has been awarded a contract by Comprehensive Decommissioning International (CDI) to decommission the reactor internals and the reactor pressure vessel at the Oyster Creek nuclear plant in New Jersey, USA.  

Under the contract, GEH will dismantle, segment and pack reactor internals and the reactor pressure vessel of the boiling water reactor that was shut down in September 2018. All handling and segmentation will be carried out underwater and will be accomplished using the Primary Segmentation System that was designed in conjunction with REI Nuclear. GEH acquired the business and certain assets of REI Nuclear in December 2018.

Meanwhile, on 1 July, Holtec International’s subsidiaries completed an ownership transfer and acquisition of the Oyster Creek plant from Exelon Generation. This followed recent approval by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to transfer the plant’s operating licence to Holtec subsidiaries Oyster Creek Environmental Protection as owner, and Holtec Decommissioning International, as the licensed operator for decommissioning.

Holtec has issued a decommissioning general contract to CDI to perform decontamination and decommissioning of Oyster Creek. CDI is a joint venture company of Holtec and SNC-Lavalin.

Photo: Oyster Creek nuclear plant

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