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Nuclear Power Division
The principal mission of Holtec’s Nuclear Power Division (NPD) is to provide safe, robust, and reliable solutions for managing the backend of the nuclear power cycle for commercial nuclear power plants. NPD is organized to provide the entire array of goods and services required to successfully implement used fuel (also referred to as spent fuel) and non-fuel waste projects. NPD is a total solution provider.
Over the past two decades, NPD's main focus has been towards meeting the “cradle-to-grave” needs of the used fuel and associated irradiated non-fuel hardware produced by commercial nuclear reactors.
NPD at a glance:
- Dry spent fuel storage and transport systems and services.
- Non-fuel waste storage systems and services.
- High density wet spent fuel storage systems.
- Client-Assisted Turnkey (CAT) wet and dry storage projects. Services include civil/architectural design, site construction, supply of systems, and fuel loading.
- Consulting services to nuclear power plants for design and operations.
- Developing innovative solutions to meet the global industry’s growing needs:
- High capacity wet storage racks and dry storage/transport systems
- High heat load systems, allowing dry storage/transport of high burn-up fuels and shorter cooling times.
- Central and onsite dry storage and offsite transport
- Systems for all fuel types (RBMK, CANDU, PWR, BWR, VVER, MOX)
- Low floor weight limits and low crane capacity dry storage/transport systems.
- Custom solutions for client-specific needs
NPD consists of two main business units, namely Project Management and Site Services. Both utilize Holtec Technical Services Division (TSD) to perform most of the product development, design, licensing and advanced analysis functions. NPD principally utilizes the Holtec Manufacturing Division to manufacture its capital equipment.
Supply of heat exchangers and pressure vessels for nuclear power plants is handled by the Power Plant Components Division (PPCD), a sister division of NPD.
To carry out all phases of a used fuel management project, NPD maintains a highly qualified cadre of project managers, site services engineers, and technicians with in-depth knowledge and training in the required disciplines. A world-class Project Management organization fuels NPD’S growth, which has averaged over 30% per year in the past decade.
A typical used fuel storage project may involve the entire evolution of activities needed to translate a structure or component from the conceptual stage to a commissioned system. The key activities in an NPD project include conceptual design, detailed design, safety evaluation, licensing, material procurement, manufacturing and, finally, installation and commissioning at the site. Clients may elect to perform none, one, or several of the separate activities that comprise a particular project. NPD's projects are often of the "Client Assisted Turnkey" (CAT) type wherein NPD performs virtually all activities with the plant owner providing indispensable support (such as protection, security, health physics and the like).
All activities of NPD are subject to the quality regimen enforced by the Corporate Quality Assurance Organization.
The majority of NPD’s projects can be subdivided into two major areas, namely wet storage and dry storage and transport of used fuel and irradiated non-fuel hardware.
Wet storage capacity expansion projects were the mainstay of NPD until the late 1990s, when onsite dry storage began to develop into a significant business segment for the company. Nuclear Power Division’s dry storage projects span the globe and include both on-site and Away-from-Reactor (AFR) clients.
Additional information about Holtec’s dry and wet storage technologies and services is provided on the respective pages linked on the sidebar. The information is tailored to the interests of the company’s stakeholders (clients, suppliers, government authorities, and members of the public).