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GE Hitachi Announces MOUs with Michigan Companies

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 9/27/2010, Location: North America

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) announced it has signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with several local companies—Energy Steel & Supply Co., Curtiss-Wright Flow Control and CLYDEUNION Pumps—to begin discussions about supplying components for new nuclear power plant projects in the United States and around the world.

GEH announced the MOUs at the 2010 Nuclear Power Business Opportunity Conference in Dearborn. The conference was attended by U.S. senators Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., as well as state House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Mich, state House Republican Leader Kevin Elsenheimer, Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly and other dignitaries. GEH is one of the world's leading designers of advanced boiling water reactor technology and plant services.

GEH and DTE Energy are working to advance the potential deployment of a next-generation nuclear reactor design. Based on the NRC’s revised timetable, the commission is on track to issue a final design certification decision for the ESBWR in September 2011. The NRC review of Detroit Edison's Fermi 3 Combined License Application based on the ESBWR design continues on schedule for 2012. DTE Energy, which operates Detroit Edison, Michigan's largest electric utility, has not made a decision to proceed with construction of a new nuclear plant.

“Today’s announcement reinforces GEH’s commitment to provide the benefits of reliable nuclear power to Michigan,” said Danny Roderick, senior vice president of new plant projects for GEH. “Michigan’s strong manufacturing infrastructure can help GEH and the entire U.S. nuclear industry quickly prepare for new reactor orders.”

Under terms of the MOUs, Energy Steel & Supply Co., Curtiss-Wright Flow Control and CLYDE UNION Pumps will work with GEH to provide a variety of nuclear equipment.

The 2010 Nuclear Power Business Opportunity Conference was co-sponsored by GEH; the Downriver Community Conference Partnership; the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACS) of Michigan; Metropolitan Growth and Development Corporation; Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce; the city of Dearborn and Michigan utility DTE Energy.

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