News Release
Aug. 27, 2001

DUKE ENGINEERING & SERVICES' SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL PROJECT IN UKRAINE ACHIEVES MAJOR MILESTONE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A major milestone in the safe storage of spent nuclear fuel at Europe's largest nuclear power facility was achieved on Aug. 24, 2001, when spent fuel was moved to dry storage at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine. Duke Engineering & Services managed the storage system's design, construction and licensing.

"This was a first-of-a-kind project, and the technical and political challenges were enormous," said Duke Engineering President Ron Green. "One of our goals is to be the industry leader in the area of spent fuel management. This project's success, in addition to our domestic commercial and federal experience, certainly provides the impetus for achieving that goal."

The project began in June 1994 at a time when power needs in the region were critical and spent fuel storage capacity was running short. Zaporozhye's six reactors are capable of generating a combined 6,000 megawatts of electricity. Among the project's many challenges, U.S. engineered systems and hardware had to be adapted to fit a Soviet designed and constructed power plant. In addition, the project team had to contend with language and cultural barriers and a shifting political landscape.

The design and fabrication of equipment, including the vertical, concrete storage containers, was based on U.S. standards with adaptations to satisfy Ukrainian requirements. The delivered equipment is sufficient to safely store a one-year inventory of spent nuclear fuel from one of the six reactors for a period of 50 years. The Ukrainian power authority that operates the plant, Energomatom, will manufacture additional storage containers in Ukraine through a technology transfer agreement. The system may also be used at other nuclear power plants in Ukraine.

Duke Engineering specializes in energy and environmental projects and provides full-scope engineering, technical and professional services to clients around the world. Duke Engineering's Nuclear Group provides comprehensive design, engineering, procurement, construction management, retrofit, plant life extension, operations support, efficiency management and full life-cycle maintenance services, including spent fuel storage design and management. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.dukeengineering.com.

Duke Energy, a diversified multinational energy company, creates value for customers and shareholders through an integrated network of energy assets and expertise. Duke Energy manages a dynamic portfolio of natural gas and electric supply, delivery and trading businesses -- generating revenues of more than $49 billion in 2000. Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is a Fortune 100 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.

 

Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility

 


 

Fact Sheet

ZAPOROZHYE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT (ZNPP) IS THE LARGEST NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN EUROPE

DATES OF INITIAL OPERATION

OPERATING HISTORY

TYPE OF STATION

SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL (SNF) STORAGE FACILITY

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

SPENT FUEL DISCHARGE

COMPONENTS OF THE VENTILATE STORAGE CASK (VSC) SYSTEM

CASK TRANSFERRING AND HANDLING SYSTEMS PROVIDED TO ZNPP INCLUDE:

SNF STORAGE CASK DESIGNER

SNF STORAGE CAPACITY

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