November 18, 2003
Norcross, Georgia — NAC International (NAC) has completed delivery of two NAC-STC transportation casks under a contract with a Beijing, China-based consortium of three Chinese companies—Everclean Environmental Engineering Corp. CNNC (EEEC), China Nuclear Energy Industry Corporation (CNEIC) and Guangdong Nuclear Power Joint Venture Company (GNPJVC). The contract includes the design, licensing and fabrication of two NAC-STC transportation casks, fuel baskets, transportation skids, impact limiters and lifting yokes, plus on-site training and operational support for the first use. Equipos Nucleares, S.A. (ENSA) manufactured the casks at its fabrication facility near Santander, Spain.

The two NAC-STCs will be used to transport spent fuel from the Daya Bay Plant in Guangdong Province near Hong Kong to the Lanzhou Nuclear Fuel Complex in Gansu Province in central China—nearly 4,000 km northwest of the plant.

The first cask arrived at the Lanzhou Nuclear Fuel Complex on June 6 for use in on-site training and the second arrived at the port near the Daya Bay Plant on June 14, 2003. Shipments of the cask documentation packages, as well as ancillary equipment and spare parts to CNEIC were completed in May and June 2003, respectively.

The on-site training was completed in July 2003 to support the first fuel transport campaign, which was completed in early October 2003.

The NAC-STC is the first dual-purpose system licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for storage and transport.

"The last eight months of this project—the fabrication and fabrication oversight —proved to be a tremendous undertaking by NAC and ENSA," said Pete Walier, NAC President & CEO. "In late September 2002, a fabrication schedule was established for completion of both casks and that schedule held to the last day."

ENSA, a Madrid, Spain-headquartered partner of NAC, was established in 1975 by the Spanish government to provide components and equipment for the nuclear industry. NAC and ENSA have maintained an Agreement for Cooperation for technology transfer since 1988. ENSA is currently building dual-purpose Trillo-class (DPT) cask systems for spent fuel storage at Spanish nuclear power plants. The DPT design was adapted from the NAC-STC 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.