Alstom secures Paks generator contract
Nine generators at Hungary’s Paks nuclear power plant are to be refurbished in a retrofit that will take Alstom eight years to complete, enhancing reliability as the station gears up for 50 years of operation.
Following an extensive program of upgrades and modernisation, Hungarian nuclear regulators recently agreed that unit 1 should be allowed to operate for a further 20 years beyond its initial 30 year design life subject to economic and safety considerations. Similar decisions for the other three units are expected to follow. Proposals to build two new 1000 MWe reactors at the site received strong preliminary support from the Hungarian parliament in 2009.
The 500 MWe generators require servicing every 10-12 years. Noting the company’s extensive experience of the domestic market, Alstom Hungary president László Deák looked to the future opportunities that Paks could provide. “This contract creates a sound professional basis for Alstom’s participation in further development projects at this nuclear power plant,” he said.
Source: World Nuclear News