GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) today dedicated its new reactor under-vessel training area, a state-of-the-art, full-size replica of the operating area underneath a boiling water nuclear reactor.
“This new, full-size area will enable us to further enhance the training of professionals who support refueling and maintenance outages at reactors worldwide,” said GEH Field Services General Manager Beth Lemmons. “As our services business continues to grow, this reinvestment will ensure that our field services teams continue exceed our customers’ expectations.”
The training area has multiple work locations to better simulate real world scenarios including the simultaneous use of toolsets and work processes. The area also includes piped water in order to replicate conditions that workers encounter in the field (for example when control rod drives are exchanged).
Hundreds of highly-skilled nuclear professionals will receive advanced training at the facility. Increasing the proficiency of field services teams enables outage services work to be completed in less time and results in reduced radiation dosage for reactor workers. In addition, the training area will allow newly-developed tools to be tested in a realistic environment.
U.S. Rep. David Rouzer (NC-7) and a representative from the office of U.S. Senator Richard Burr (NC) participated in the dedication ceremony at GEH’s world headquarters in Wilmington, NC.