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Fortnightly Magazine - August 2011

Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011.

SAEP Indiana Michigan Power awarded a contract to the Shaw Group to provide plant life-cycle management services for the Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman, Mich. The contract, signed in the second quarter of fiscal year 2011, follows a detailed feasibility study conducted by Shaw earlier this year for potential life cycle management upgrades and modifications to the plant. Shaw will provide EPC services on approved projects designed to extend the life cycle of major components for 20 more years.

Westinghouse Electric installed a replacement steam dryer at Xcel Energy’s Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant , a single-unit GE-designed boiling water reactor (BWR) located near Monticello, Minn. The component was designed by Westinghouse Sweden and modified by Westinghouse’s U.S.-based BWR engineering team with support from Toshiba for use in the American market. The one-piece assembly is 17 feet in diameter, 16 feet tall and weighs 60,000 pounds. BWR steam dryers are used during the final stage of moisture removal to provide the highest-quality steam to the turbine. Westinghouse removed Monticello’s original steam dryer from the reactor and installed the replacement during the plant’s spring 2011 refueling outage.

Oldcastle Precast secured a $1.1 million nuclear vault project involving the construction of 36 nuclear canister storage vaults for the Department of Energy’s new integrated waste treatment unit (IWTU) at Idaho National Laboratory. The vaults are part of the $570 million project, which will start turning 900,000 gallons of sodium-bearing liquid waste into a stable granular material ready for permanent disposal.

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Serious Thermal Products introduced the new Serious Toaster ground-thawing machine. Using infrared technology, the toaster thaws frozen ground up to 1.6 inches deep per hour in a 2-foot-by-10-foot area. Serious Thermal says the units can be placed in many hard-to-reach areas, and they don’t require the surface to be cleared of snow and ice prior to use.

Pioneer Transmission LLC , a joint venture between American Electric Power and Duke Energy , will develop a 55-mile, extra-high-voltage transmission project with Tennessee Valley Authority in Indiana and Kentucky. The parties propose to build a 765-kilovolt (kV) transmission line connecting AEP’s Rockport Station with TVA’s Paradise Station in Drakesboro, Ky. The cost of the project, which would also include construction of a new 765-kV substation at Paradise, is estimated at $275 million, subject to approved routing. Pioneer and TVA will submit the Rockport-Paradise proposal to the PJM Interconnection (PJM) for consideration in its regional planning process. In addition, the project will require siting approval from the Kentucky Public Service Commission.

Electric Transmission Texas LLC (ETT) executed master agreements with three construction firms for transmission and infrastructure services associated with the competitive renewable energy zone (CREZ) projects assigned to ETT by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). The agreements with Quanta Services, MYR Group and TIC Holdings ensure ETT has construction resources committed to help complete its CREZ program in West Texas. ETT, a joint venture between subsidiaries of American Electric Power and MidAmerican Energy Holdings, will construct nearly $1.4 billion in CREZ projects by 2013, totaling