Ultra’s Command & Control Systems business has received an initial contract worth over £20m from British Energy (BE), part of EDF Energy, for the long-term supply and management of neutron flux detectors to a number of reactors in the British Energy fleet.
The high integrity sensors are a key element of the instrumentation and safety systems that monitor the safe operation of nuclear plant. The detectors are installed within the reactor core and measure neutron flux which is one of the primary protection parameters within a nuclear fission reactor.
The contract is for Ultra to validate the existing designs to modern standards, build,and support all four variants of high temperature, neutron flux detectors for British Energy. The contract is expected to be completed in 2014. Ultra will also provide long-term detector storage and on-site field service support.