GNF to Continue Fueling Columbia Generating Station thru 2027
WILMINGTON, NC—January 6, 2016— Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF), a joint venture majority owned by GE, today announced that it has been selected by Energy Northwest to continue to provide fuel reloads for the Columbia Generating Station near Richland, Washington.
A new fuel supply contract awarded to GNF runs from 2019 through 2027 and includes five reloads for the 1,190 megawatt boiling water reactor. The total value of the contract is approximately $90 million.
“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. The GNF2 high performance fuel assembly is designed to deliver increased energy output while decreasing overall fuel cycle costs. GNF2's advanced design saves utilities money by reducing the total amount of uranium and the average enrichment in fuel reloads.
Fuel for Columbia is fabricated by GNF at its state-of-the-art facility in Wilmington, N.C.
Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) is a world-leading supplier of boiling water reactor fuel, including uranium dioxide and MOX fuel and fuel-related engineering services. GNF is a GE-led joint venture with Hitachi, Ltd. and Toshiba Corporation and operates primarily through Global Nuclear Fuel-Americas, LLC in Wilmington, N.C., and Global Nuclear Fuel-Japan Co. Ltd. in Kurihama, Japan.
Based in Wilmington, N.C., GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Established in June 2007, GEH is a global 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. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership required to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety. Follow GEH on Twitter @gehnuclear.