GE Hitachi finishes its first service outage on pressurized water reactor

R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant
R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant | Courtesy of Exelon Corp.

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) recently completed its first service outage for a pressurized water reactor (PWR) at the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in Ontario, New York, the company said this week.

The process required that the GEH team receive special training from the plant to perform the PWR outage.

“Combining our world-class operational rigor and standards with our well-experienced crew was the key to our contribution to this record-setting performance,” Beth Lemmons, vice president of field services for GEH, said. “Congratulations to both the GEH and Exelon Ginna team in completing this outstanding outage. Most importantly, we helped our customer prepare for a quicker return to generating clean energy for New York.”

GEH President and CEO Jay Wileman said the team behind the outage service was successful in shaving 26 hours of working time, allowing the plant to return to service earlier than scheduled. The company said there were no reports of injury or performance issues regarding the outage service.

“The successful execution of our portion of this outage demonstrates our ability to provide PWR operators with the same level of project management expertise and technical rigor that our [boiling-water reactor (BWR)] customers have come to expect,” Wileman said.

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