Framatome to provide outage services to Dominion fleet

07 April 2021

Framatome recently signed a "multi-million dollar" contract with US utility Dominion Energy to support the long-term operation of its nuclear power plant fleet. The five-year contract covers nuclear power plant outage and maintenance work, including steam generator services, refuelling services and inspections.

The two-unit North Anna plant (Image: Dominion Energy)

Dominion Energy's operating fleet includes two units at North Anna and two units at Surry in Virginia, two units at Millstone in Connecticut, and one unit at VC Summer in South Carolina.

To support its work with Dominion, Framatome said it will mobilise more than 1100 of its Virginia-based employees over the next five years.

In addition, Framatome will provide refuelling services for the VC Summer plant and extend its existing contracts for refuelling services at the Millstone, North Anna and Surry plants through 2024. Framatome will also provide Materials Reliability Program examinations and 10-year in-service inspections at Surry and VC Summer through 2023.

In June last year, Framatome completed its acquisition of BWX Technologies' US commercial nuclear services business, expanding its portfolio of equipment and tooling for nuclear power plant inspections and maintenance. The acquisition involved an exchange of facilities and resources. Framatome assumed ownership of equipment, tooling and contracts related to BWXT's US commercial nuclear services business, while transferring to BWXT ownership of a portion of its Mount Athos Road facility in Campbell County, Virginia.

"Dominion is one of our long-standing and valued customers. We are proud to offer them our team's strong expertise and excellence in inspection and maintenance, to support the long-term operation of their reactor fleet," said Catherine Cornand, senior executive vice president of the Installed Base Business Unit at Framatome. "We are committed to supporting our customers in delivering safe, reliable, low-carbon electricity to residents and businesses in the US and around the world."

Researched and written by World Nuclear News