In today’s market, the primary focus is to “do more with less.” Utilities no longer have the luxury of keeping all functions needed to run their businesses in-house. With the deregulation of the electric utility industry and the continuous push to lower costs associated with the production of electricity, many utilities need to outsource more and more of the functions they once performed themselves to remain competitive. As the foremost nuclear service supplier, Westinghouse offers a comprehensive, costeffective solution to a utility’s long-term viability.
Westinghouse’s unparalleled experience, combined with a comprehensive portfolio of cavity service capabilities, makes us the vendor of choice for those utilities striving for cost-effective performance. Specifically, we provide more than just staff to do limited work scope activities. We offer the complete package to address a utility’s needs through our in-house service capabilities, our strategic alliances and our ability to integrate them. These elements, combined with engineering to support emergency and non-emergency situations, along with remote technology to address schedule and exposure issues, make it possible to supply all facets of reactor cavity refueling operations.
Since 1968,Westinghouse has provided refueling services for more than 350 plant outages worldwide. The experience and qualification of our personnel, combined with a broad service base, has made Westinghouse the foremost supplier of refueling services in the industry. Through the years, the refueling services product portfolio has evolved to encompass several major applications that include: tool maintenance; fuel inspection and equipment repair services; seal table services; cavity decontamination; radiation exposure reduction tooling; and refueling equipment upgrades.
The goal of the reactor cavity services group is to optimize reactor equipment services through an integrated process improvement methodology that involves teaming, training and technology, resulting in reduced exposure, cost and schedule. This has enabled the team to enhance the refueling process through consolidation and coordination of refueling operations, repairs, services and upgrades. The result is a more efficient, simpler and less confusing process for the utility.
There are a number of additional benefits that Westinghouse provides. Depending on specific requirements, some of these benefits may be more attractive to the utility than others.
Provided below is a partial list of the many products and services offered by Westinghouse to utilities worldwide.More specific information is available for most of those listed.
Thimble Tube Service
Rod Cluster Control Assembly (RCCA) Eddy Current