Energy Northwest signs nuclear fuel reload contract for Columbia

Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF), a joint venture majority owned by General Electric (NYSE:GE) announced Jan. 6 that it has been selected by Energy Northwest to continue to provide fuel reloads for the Columbia Generating Station near Richland, Wash.

A new fuel supply contract awarded to GNF runs from 2019 through 2027 and includes five reloads for the 1,190-MW boiling water reactor (BWR). The total value of the contract is approximately $90m, according to a news release.

GNF is a leading supplier of BWR fuel, including uranium dioxide and mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel and fuel-related engineering services. GNF is a GE-led joint venture with Hitachi, Ltd. and Toshiba Corp. It operates primarily through Global Nuclear Fuel-Americas, LLC in Wilmington, N.C., and Global Nuclear Fuel-Japan Co. Ltd. in Kurihama, Japan.

Fuel for Columbia is fabricated by GNF at its facility in Wilmington, N.C.

“GNF has fueled Columbia since 2009 and this contract means that we’ll continue to help Energy Northwest meet its performance goals with our industry-leading fuel products,” said Lance Hall, Executive Vice President, Nuclear Fuels and Services, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy.

Columbia began using GNF2 fuel in 2015.

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