GE Hitachi wins outage service deal with TVA for Browns Ferry nuclear plant

General Electric (NYSE: GE) said Dec. 3 that the Tennessee Valley Authority has awarded a contract to GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) to provide outage services for Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant units 1, 2 and 3.

The contract, valued at more than $70 million, calls for GEH to provide a full portfolio of outage and inspection services including refuel floor, under-vessel activities and control rod drive mechanism exchange services for the reactors near Decatur, Alabama. The agreement runs through 2020 and includes a total of nine outages (three at each reactor).

“We look forward to providing engineering and technical services expertise, advanced tooling and skilled, experienced outage personnel to help TVA meet its goals for the safe and reliable operation of the Browns Ferry reactors,” said Lance Hall, Executive Vice President, Nuclear Fuels and Services, GEH.

At full capacity, Browns Ferry’s three GE boiling water reactors generate a combined 3,300 MW, which is 10% of TVA’s total generation capacity.

Based in Wilmington, N.C., and established in 2007, GEH is a 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.

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