GE Hitachi Delivers Safety Enhancement Solution to Customers in Japan

Aug 25, 2015

Steam Powered Pumps Can Function Without External Electrical Power

WILMINGTON, NC-August 25, 2015-GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) today announced that it is working with utility customers in Japan to deliver Turbine Water Lubricated (TWL) pumps manufactured by ClydeUnion Pumps, an SPX brand. The steam powered pumps are designed to ensure emergency reactor cooling in the event of a complete station blackout and can function when fully submerged in water.

GEH has shipped two units to TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant. Two additional units are scheduled to ship to the plant later this year. GEH has additional commitments to support systems for Chugoku Electric Power Company’s two Shimane plants, and Tohoku Electric Power Company’s Onagawa and Higashidori plants.

“We’re pleased to support the specific needs of our customers in Japan with this reliable safety enhancement,” said Lance Hall, senior vice president, Nuclear Services and Fuels, GEH. 

GEH and ClydeUnion Pumps have a teaming agreement to offer the TWL pumps, which feature a unique and compact design, simplified turbine controls, reduced maintenance requirements and the ability to operate with no external electrical power.

As part of this high pressure alternate coolant reactor safety enhancement solution, GEH offers specifications for design, material, fabrication and quality and project management services.   

About GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

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.

About SPX

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SPX Corporation (NYSE: SPW) is a global, multi-industry manufacturing leader with approximately $5 billion in annual revenue, operations in more than 35 countries and over 14,000 employees. The company's highly-specialized, engineered products and technologies are concentrated in Flow Technology and energy infrastructure. Many of SPX's innovative solutions are playing a role in helping to meet rising global demand for electricity and processed foods and beverages, particularly in emerging markets. The company's products include food processing systems for the food and beverage industry, critical Flow components for oil and gas processing, power transformers for utility companies, and cooling systems for power plants. For more information, please visit www.spx.com.

Jon Allen
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
jonathan.allen1@ge.com
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