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Fairbanks Morse Engine to Supply Emergency Diesel Generators

Posted on November 17, 2009

Fairbanks Morse Engine, an EnPro Industries company, announced that it has been awarded a contract to supply two FM/ALCO emergency diesel generator sets to Shaw AREVA MOX Services LLC for installation at the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) in Aiken, South Carolina, U.S.A.

Fairbanks Morse Engine will supply two 12-cylinder FM/ALCO 251F Plus emergency diesel generator sets that are built and tested in accordance with U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requirements for 1E safety related equipment, including 10CFR50 Appendix B, NQA-1, and IEEE 323, 344 and 387. Each generator set will have a continuous power output of 2000 kW at 1200 r/min, and will be fully compliant with EPA exhaust emission standards.

Fairbanks Morse Engine has been supplying emergency diesel generator sets to the nuclear power industry since 1968, and remains the industry leader. Over 60% of owners and operators of nuclear power plantsin the United States depend on Fairbanks Morse engines for critical emergency power. "Our quality, reliability and industry experience make Fairbanks Morse Engine the provider of choice for the nuclear industry," said George Whittier, president of Fairbanks Morse Engine. "The industry is looking for a proven engine manufacturer that can design, build and test engines to the strict U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements."

Scheduled to begin cold operations in 2016, the MFFF at the Savannah River site is being constructed as part of an agreement between the United States and Russia to dispose of surplus weapon-grade plutonium through conversion to fuel for commercial nuclear reactors. The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration selected the MOX technology based on a proven track record in Europe, and awarded the project to Shaw AREVA MOX Services LLC, a consortium of American and French companies, the Shaw Group and AREVA.

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