AREVA has used its innovative technology to complete a first of a kind inspection for the lifetime extension of a reactor’s primary system in the United States.
During a recent plant outage, AREVA performed an inspection of the reactor primary system using the highly sophisticated “SUSI” robot. This small, remote-controlled submarine navigates the primary system of a nuclear power plant and is equipped with technology to inspect components through ultrasonic and visual testing. SUSI evaluates the status of the reactor internals, and carries out an inspection that is critical in confirming the safety of these components for the plant’s planned long-term operation.
Pioneered by AREVA Germany and already extensively used in Europe, SUSI technology was adapted to meet the requirements of American nuclear power plants. SUSI technology is part of AREVA’s new service program known as Forward Alliance that focuses on providing the most advanced products and solutions for continued operations of the existing nuclear fleet.
“SUSI is a remarkable technology, which can be adapted for all types of reactors, enabling utilities across the world to guarantee the long term safety of their operations," said Philippe Samama, Executive Vice President of AREVA Installed Base Business Unit.