To facilitate the upgrade, GE will provide PPL Susquehanna with its Power Range Neutron Monitor (PRNM) system. The primary function of the PRNM is to monitor the reactor power level and initiate automatic protective actions to ensure compliance with plant safety limits. The system collects and processes signals from in-core detectors and communicates with the core-monitoring computer, display computer and other plant systems.

The contract includes design, hardware and software, engineering, licensing support, operator display assemblies, installation support and training, GE confirmed in a release.

Susquehanna is a two-unit, 2,352-megawatt boiling water reactor station. The station is located on 2,100 acres along the Susquehanna River in Salem Township, Luzerne County, 25 miles southwest of Wilkes-Barre.

The PRNM system will be installed in Unit 1 in March 2006, during the reactor’s biannual refueling and maintenance outage. The new system will then be installed in Unit 2 in March 2007, during that reactor’s scheduled outage.