GE secures multi-year services contracts for Spanish nuclear plants

Author: Spencer Ogden
Date posted03/Nov/2011
Author: Spencer Ogden

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has secured multi-year services contracts from Iberdrola and Nuclenor for the Cofrentes and Santa Maria de Garona nuclear power plants in Spain.


Located in the province of Valencia, the 1,092MW Cofrentes power station is owned by Iberdrola and generates electricity using a GE boiling water reactor (BWR) that commenced operation in 1985.

Nuclenor owns the 466MW Santa Maria de Garona nuclear plant, which is located in the province of Burgos and uses a GE BWR that has been in operation since 1971.

The six-year, multi-cycle services agreement also contains options to extend the contract to ten years.

GEH will provide outage and refueling services including drywell and vessel head disassembly/assembly, reactor pressure vessel maintenance, and visual and ultrasonic inspections.

Genusa, the European BWR fuel joint venture between Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) and Spain-based nuclear fuel firm Enusa, will provide nuclear fuel reloads under a separate deal.

GNF is the GE majority-owned fuel fabrication and fuel engineering services venture jointly established by GE, Hitachi and Toshiba.