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GE Hitachi Technology Meets Customer Need in Japan

September 25, 2014

Critical Tool Meets World's Highest Regulatory Standards and Seismic Requirements

WILMINGTON, NC---Sept. 25, 2014---GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has announced that it is working with several utility customers in Japan to deliver spent fuel pool level monitors (SFPLM), a critical tool to help operators meet comprehensive requirements of the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

Spent Fuel Pool Level Monitors enable power plant operators to safely monitor water levels in pools where used nuclear fuel is stored.

After successful acceptance testing in July, two SFPLM systems were shipped to Chugoku Electric Power Company for installation at Shimane 2 and 3 nuclear power plants in Shimane Prefecture. Installation at Shimane 2 was completed Sept. 12 while installation at Shimane 3 is scheduled for later this year.

"This robust technology helps our customers meet regulatory requirements by providing safe and reliable spent fuel pool water level and temperature indication," said Kevin Walsh, Senior Vice President, Nuclear Services and Fuels. "We are pleased that GEH technology will support Chugoku Electric in the safe and efficient operation of the Shimane plants."

GE Hitachi's Spent Fuel Pool Level Monitors provide accurate and continuous water-level measurements at distances up to 1,000 feet allowing operators to ensure safe, reliable monitoring from the control room.

GEH has received orders from three other utilities in Japan and also has shipped SFPLM systems to Taiwan Power Company.

In the U.S., the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has required operators to install spent fuel pool level instrumentation systems no later than December 2016. In addition to meeting or exceeding all NRC requirements, the GE Hitachi SFPLM systems fulfill the requirements put in place by Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority.

About GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Based in Wilmington, N.C., GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Established in June 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership required to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety.

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