US-based GSE Systems announced on 15 August that it had won two contracts to update NPP simulators in Slovakia and Korea.
The first contract is from Slovak utility Slovenské Elektrárne to update the simulator for Mochovce 3&4, with GSE as the prime contractor for the project. Slovenské Elektrárne is completing construction of two VVER-440 reactors at Mochovce. GSE won a tender to provide the new full scope simulator in 2009, and delivered it in 2013.
The simulator has been used for enhanced training by plant operators. However, as the plant nears commissioning, the simulator needs to be updated to reflect the final, as-built design.
The value of the contract is approximately $6.5 million and will be implemented over a 16-month schedule. Mochovce 3 is scheduled to go on line in 2019.
The second contract is with Greatus Co Ltd, in Seoul, Korea, to upgrade the unit 2 simulator at Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Company’s Kori nuclear plant. The simulator was built by GSE and Samsung Electronics in 1998 and upgraded in 2006.
The new project will update the plant models to GSE’s latest technology, including the JADE™ simulation platform along with RELAP5-HD®, REMARK™, and PSA-HD™ to model the reactor core and thermohydraulic systems as well as severe accident scenarios. The contract is worth approximately $1.5 million and will be implemented over the next 17 months.