GSE Awarded Two International Projects to Modernize Nuclear Simulators, Increasing Company Backlog by More Than $6 Million
Sykesville, MD – September 6, 2016 – GSE Systems, Inc. (“GSE” or “the Company”) (NYSE MKT: GVP), the world leader in real-time high-fidelity simulation systems and training solutions to the power and process industries, today announced that it has been awarded contracts to provide mission-critical updates to multi-unit nuclear site simulator platforms for customers in the UK and Japan. The technical engineering and software solutions to be delivered by GSE provide nuclear power plant operators with modern simulation technology to train operators and provide assistance with complex engineering problems that require solutions. These two projects add over $6 million to the Company’s backlog and include options that could grow backlog significantly further.
In the UK, the Company’s customer is committed to providing world-class, accredited training programs to its operators and engineers. The scope of GSE’s work includes deployment of a high-value, state-of-the-art nuclear plant simulation system to replace legacy simulation models and computer hardware delivered in the early 1990s. The project also includes modeling a second unit of the plant so that site-wide event training can be conducted, and providing greater access to a high-fidelity training environment to more operators and engineers at the plant.
In Japan, GSE will provide a key nuclear plant operator with a modern simulator so that the customer may deliver more comprehensive training to operators and engineers in the post-Fukushima environment. The scope of work includes replacing all existing models of the customer’s existing simulator. With this major upgrade, in addition to providing new simulation capabilities to operators and engineers, the customer will benefit from GSE’s long-term maintenance of the systems, allowing for swift future technology upgrades required to meet evolving post-Fukushima industry regulations.
Both projects utilize GSE’s JADE™ simulation software, the leading high-fidelity nuclear power plant simulation software used for plant design and operator training. JADE provides the global nuclear power industry with a state-of-art software platform that simplifies creating and maintaining accurate models of plant configuration as they exist today and as the plants evolve through capital improvements over the years.
Kyle J. Loudermilk, Chief Executive Officer and President of GSE, said, “We are thrilled and honored to serve our customers on these critical projects in the UK and Japan. These awards demonstrate the value we are able to provide to our customers in key markets across the globe and illustrate the growing importance of nuclear power as the world develops economically viable sources of carbon-free electricity.
“Nuclear power is an increasingly important part of the UK’s energy mix to satisfy the country’s demand for electricity while meeting environmental commitments. The UK is looking to build new reactors in the near and long term, including EPR, ABWR and SMR reactors. GSE technology is ideal to simulate these systems as the UK develops a robust workforce development program to staff and safely operate its nuclear power assets.
“Japan, in turn, was heavily reliant on nuclear power prior to the Fukushima nuclear plant event in 2011. The country is now restarting its reactor fleet to generate carbon-free, economically efficient electricity and to do so requires updated simulation capabilities like those offered by GSE to reflect post-Fukushima design and operating requirements. GSE’s talented staff, proprietary software and technology platform, nuclear simulation know-how, creativity, and commitment to customer satisfaction underpin our ability to deliver excellent solutions in the UK, Japan and across the globe.”