Wilmington’s Global Nuclear Fuel awarded $100M contract extension

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Entergy has extended a contract with Wilmington-based Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) to fuel the utility’s fleet of boiling water reactors through 2021.

The agreement is for eight fuel reloads — two at each of Entergy’s boiling water reactors — and totals more than $100 million, according to Jon Allen, spokesman for GE Hitachi, a partner of GNF–previously the nuclear fuel division of GE.

“This extended period of fuel reloads will allow us to continue to bring value to Entergy’s operations and is a sign of the continued confidence the utility has in GNF,” said Amir Vexler, Chief Operating Officer of GNF-Americas.

In 2008, Entergy became the first utility to install reloads of the GNF2 fuel design. This spring, Entergy installed test assemblies for the latest GNF fuel design, GNF3, in the River Bend plant. Based on evolutionary design changes and advanced technology developed by GNF, the GNF3 fuel assembly design will provide customers with improved fuel economics, increased performance and flexibility in operation while maintaining the superior reliability of GNF2, the most reliable design in GNF’s history, Allen said.

Fuel for the Entergy plants will be fabricated by GNF at its state-of-the-art facility in Wilmington.

GNF is a world-leading supplier of boiling water reactor fuel, including uranium dioxide and MOX fuel and fuel-related engineering services. GNF is a GE-led joint venture with Hitachi, Ltd. and Toshiba Corporation and operates primarily through Global Nuclear Fuel-Americas, LLC in Wilmington, and Global Nuclear Fuel-Japan Co. Ltd. in Kurihama, Japan.

Based in Wilmington, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Established in June 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership required to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety.