AREVA Inc. Technology Recognized as Best of the Best for Fifth Consecutive Year at NEI Top Industry Practice Awards
May 21, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 21, 2014 – For the fifth year in a row, a utility customer using AREVA Inc. technology was awarded the B. Ralph Sylvia “Best of the Best” Award by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). Through utility customers, AREVA’s technology was recognized with two additional Top Industry Practice (TIP) Awards. The awards were announced at the 2014 Nuclear Energy Assembly in Scottsdale, Ariz. Hosted by NEI, this annual conference gathers industry leaders from around the world.
Dominion’s successful first-of-a-kind examination with automated tooling as part of the lifetime extension for the Surry Power Station in Surry, Va., was awarded both the B. Ralph Sylvia “Best of the Best” Award and the Equipment Reliability Process Award. By using the automated features of AREVA’s newly designed Lower Girth Weld Inspection Tool (LGWIT), plant personnel were able to remotely perform inspections of difficult-to-access areas through the narrow gaps of the reactor vessel internals, reducing radiation exposure while providing significant cost savings for the utility.
“AREVA is proud to have its technology recognized as Best of the Best for five years in a row,” said Mike Rencheck, president and CEO of AREVA Inc. “We believe that employee-led innovation and technological improvements enable us to rapidly respond to our customer needs with an unrelenting commitment to operational excellence. Congratulations to Dominion and to all of the TIP Award winners for their commitment to process and technology improvements that position the industry to provide a safe and reliable energy future.”
Two other utilities using AREVA technologies were honored with TIP awards:
• Arizona Public Service Company’s (APS) reactor vessel bottom-mounted instrument (BMI) nozzle repair at Palo Verde was awarded the Maintenance Process TIP recognition. The BMI nozzle repair is only the second repair of its kind in the industry. To assist the customer and ensure operational excellence, AREVA modified equipment, tested and trained on a site-specific mock-up, and implemented the repair with no rework. This innovative repair was accomplished in 12 days on site.
• The AREVA Vendor award was presented to American Electric Power for an unprecedented replacement of clevis bolts located on the lower radial support system of the reactor vessel at DC Cook Unit 1. To complete the underwater bolt replacement, AREVA engineers designed a unique tooling system to perform work remotely from refuel floor platforms. Lessons learned from this project will improve the efficiency of future bolt and reactor vessel internals replacements.
Established in 1993, the TIP awards annually recognize utilities and technologies in 14 categories – four vendor awards honoring utilities for the implementation of the vendor’s innovative products or solutions; nine process awards for innovation to improve safety, efficiency and nuclear plant performance; a Vision and Leadership Award; and the B. Ralph Sylvia “Best of the Best” Award.
From left to right: Janean Sealey (Dominion), Chris Plucker (AREVA Inc.), Stanley Duvall (AREVA Inc.) and David Germano (Dominion)
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