An Idaho company is building components for the next generation of nuclear power plants that are already in construction.
Premier Technology, Inc. of Blackfoot is constructing a key cooling components for four new power plants under construction by Westinghouse Electric Co. for two southeast U.S. utilities. Its success shows the Idaho National Laboratory isn't the only Idaho institution benefiting from the resurging nuclear industry.
The Blackfoot company is building the Integrated Head Package, a complex structure that provides cooling to key reactor components.
The package is designed to reduce the reactors’ down-time during scheduled refueling shutdowns.
“Clean Energy is the future of our nation,” said said Doug Sayer, President and Chairman of Premier Technology, Inc. “The power produced by the AP1000 nuclear plant will provide safe and reliable energy that is greenhouse gas free.“
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the license for two Westinghouse reactors for the Southern Nuclear Co. in February. Earlier this month it approved new Westinghouse Nuclear Reactors at for South Carolina Electric and Gas.
Sayer said the integrated head package is one of the major reactor containment components being built in the United States. Many components come from Asia or Europe.
“It is essential that the nation reinvigorate its manufacturing base and return the manufacturing of these type of components to the United States” he said.
The first package is scheduled for delivery in 2013.