Framatome signs multimillion-dollar contracts with TVA

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) awarded Framatome several multimillion-dollar contracts for work across the company’s reactor fleet. This includes fuel for the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, fuel handling equipment upgrades across the fleet and steam generator replacements at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.

Framatome will provide its state-of-the-art ATRIUM 11 fuel for the three boiling water reactors at Browns Ferry with the first use planned for 2023. This contract makes TVA the third U.S. utility to switch to the ATRIUM 11 fuel design.

Framatome will also upgrade the fuel handling equipment at the Browns Ferry, Sequoyah and Watts Bar nuclear plants on an accelerated schedule, saving the plants both time and money.

This work includes upgrading the refuel bridges at Browns Ferry, the manipulator cranes at both Sequoyah units and Watts Bar Unit 1, and the fuel transfer systems at Watts Bar.

Additionally, SGT will replace four steam generators at Watts Bar Unit 2. In a nuclear energy plant, the steam generator has an essential role in producing electricity. It converts water into steam using the heat created in the reactor core. This steam drives the turbines that generate electricity.

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