GSE to assist in US control room upgrade project

11 July 2023

GSE Solutions Inc has been awarded a contract worth up to USD15 million for procedure and training support for an undisclosed nuclear power plant operator in the USA in its main control room modernisation project.

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Under the contract, GSE will be responsible for reviewing and updating all the procedures and training programmes associated with a main control room modernisation project for two of the operator's reactors.

GSE said it plans to ramp up staff this month for this contract and be fully staffed by the end of this year. Work is expected to be completed around the first quarter of 2025. The company noted funds allocated for this contract are dependent upon various deliverables and resources that are allocated to support each of the procedures and materials requested by the client.

The client's modernisation project focuses on digitally transforming four major safety systems, including: the reactor protection system, the emergency core cooling system, the nuclear steam supply shutoff system and the redundant reactivity control system.

These systems will all require operations and maintenance procedures and station training revisions for the modernisation project requirements over the next three years. GSE is tasked with writing or modifying more than 5400 procedures and revising and creating approximately 2800 lesson plans and test materials, including simulation training for the plant's Operations and Instructional Leadership Teams.

"We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to support this client on this modernisation project," said GSE Solutions President and CEO Kyle Loudermilk. "GSE has the expertise to deploy independent teams to handle the entire workload, allowing our clients to focus on their important day-to-day business operations.

"Digital modernisation promises to be a major wave of investment sweeping the nuclear industry. We are honored to win this critical project at the beginning of this investment wave and are laser-focused on performance to satisfy the customer fully."

Researched and written by World Nuclear News