AREVA Celebrates 40 Reactor-years of Fuel Quality at Susquehanna PPL’s Power Plant
March 11, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 11, 2013 – AREVA and PPL Susquehanna commemorated 20 years of fuel quality in both units at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Both Susquehanna units have been operating with leak-free AREVA fuel since December 1992, for a total of 40 reactor-years of leak-free operations.
“This performance is a testament to the collaboration between PPL Susquehanna engineers and operations staff, and AREVA’s Fuel Design engineers and manufacturing operations, to ensure fuel reliability and safe operations,” said Paul Myers, senior vice president of the Front End Business Group in North America. “AREVA believes that a strong technical solution is strengthened by understanding our customer’s needs. This also demonstrates the ability AREVA has to deliver high-quality, reliable and safe nuclear fuel products to our customers.”
In the past 20 years, AREVA has made advancements in the fuel design for boiling water reactors (BWRs) that contributed to this significant achievement. The Susquehanna plant has used AREVA BWR fuel for more than 40 reactor-years. The fuel used in both units at the Susquehanna plant over the past 20 years is comprised of more than 500,000 fuel rods. Those rods represented 1.3 million successful welds with no defects and contained more than 219 million fuel pellets, which is equivalent to nearly 33 billion gallons of oil.
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