July 7, 2003
Norcross, Georgia —NAC International (NAC) announces that its operations at Charlotte, N.C.-based, Duke Power's McGuire Nuclear Station remain solidly ahead of schedule. The contracted delivery for the first Universal Multi-Purpose Canister System (UMS) at McGuire was fall 2003, with loading operations scheduled to begin in spring 2004. To date, NAC has achieved the following milestones in support of the McGuire spent fuel storage contract:

  • November 2002 delivery of transfer cask and lift yoke
  • December 2002 completion of the first construction campaign of 16 vertical concrete casks (VCC)
  • December 2002 delivery of 8 additional VCC liners
  • January 2003 delivery of weld mockups
  • January 2003 delivery of first transportable storage canisters (TSC)
  • July 2003, delivery of the 12th UMS® TSC

Additionally, 12 more TSCs are in various stages of production at Hitachi Zosen Diesel & Engineering and fabrication of another group of 24 systems has been released. An average of two TSCs will be shipped per month until fabrication activities are completed in August 2004, with final delivery of all the 48 systems before the end of 2004. Ionics has 24 additional VCC liners in the final stages of fabrication, with completion scheduled for October 2003. Two additional VCC construction campaigns are currently scheduled for spring of 2005 and spring of 2006.

Related to this, Duke has selected the UMS® system for the initial deployment of dry storage at its Catawba Nuclear Station. Duke and NAC are presently working out the delivery and loading schedules for these systems to support Duke's target for initial deployment of dry storage at Catawba in 2006. Catawba is the fourth U.S. nuclear plant to select the NAC UMS® technology.

Since 1968, NAC has been a leader in providing solutions and services to the nuclear industry throughout the world, working with both government and commercial organizations. NAC specializes in nuclear fuel transport, spent fuel management technology, fuel cycle consulting, and information technology. The company’s Atlanta Corporate Headquarters is located in Norcross, Ga., with offices in Washington, D.C.; Moscow; London; Tokyo; San Jose, Ca.; and Aiken, S.C.