Selecting Proper Temporary Power Equipment
Equipment utilized in nuclear generation environments often has to weather conditions that are more complex than a typical construction site. Most temporary power equipment is constructed to withstand normal weathering conditions encountered in outdoor service, such as wind-driven rain, dust, and debris. Nuclear sites often require increased levels of protection, especially where the site is being dismantled or converted from nuclear to fossil fuel.
For example, when the equipment needs to be moved or serviced, it will require cleaning to remove any acquired contaminated dust, dirt, or liquids. The proper solutions will be able to withstand the cleaning process without degrading or compromising the components, especially the insulating materials. Be sure to select equipment with an environmental rating of NEMA 4 or 4X. The NEMA 4 rating provides equipment protection for directed high-pressure water, while the NEMA 4X rating provides additional corrosion protection for cleaning agents stronger than water.
During D&D, instruments are frequently stored within the reactor containment building or structure. The primary environmental factors in this environment are elevated radiation levels and temperatures. Wiring and insulation must function in the higher operating temperatures without degrading, and framework must be steel and provide corrosion protection via paint or plating. Confirm that the construction of the hardware is aluminum-free, including mechanical wiring lugs, receptacle housings, and conduit.
Ericson Manufacturing Solutions
Ericson is the industry leader in electrical safety products. Our power distribution units, lighting, GFCI’s, wiring devices, and other related products are designed for ease of use and reliability. Our Power Transformation Units (PTU’s) can survive a variety of hazardous projects, including nuclear decommissions and decontamination.
Ericson also offers innovative in-house solutions that are tailored to specific project needs. Our in-depth industry application knowledge is coupled with universal OSHA and NEC standards expertise to ensure that even the most complex, unique requirements are addressed. Our custom e-Carts have proven themselves on multiple D&D endeavors, including several locations that were converted to a gas-powered facility.