| Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise


Download our free ebook on Ultra-High-Pressure Waterjetting

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page

Nuclear Plant Coating Takes the Plunge

Thursday, August 23, 2012

More items for Coating Application

Comment | More

Commercial nuclear divers and a protective coatings maker have teamed up to complete a dramatic underwater coatings project at a nuclear plant.

The project was a collaboration by Connecticut-based Underwater Construction Corporation (UCC), which bills itself as the leading provider of underwater services to government and commercial facilities;  and UK-based TFT Nuclear, which makes high-performance epoxy polymer coatings for industrial and underwater use.

 UCC says it completed 90 percent of the world’s commercial nuclear dives in 2011.

 Underwater Construction Corp.

UCC says it completed 90 percent of the world’s commercial nuclear dives in 2011.

The project was the third phase of the unidentified plant’s “Life Extension Program” and used the companies’ Advanced Underwater Coatings System, said Philip McDermott, Director of Global Nuclear Services for UCC.

Underwater Relining

The concrete, epoxy-lined spent fuel basin and handling ponds were relined underwater by nuclear divers, as dewatering was not a viable option, the companies said in a release.

The fuel basin contained fuel, radioactive components and radioactive debris that had accumulated over many years of plant operation. The concrete fuel basin’s epoxy coating system had deteriorated to a condition that warranted relining. The original epoxy coating was showing blistering, delamination, cracking and mechanical damage.

Inspection, Prep, Application

The third phase of the project consisted of about 300 square meters of inspection, preparation and coatings application. “The strategic use of nuclear divers proved to be a safe, efficient, and cost-effective for the nuclear utility,” the companies said.

UCC’s Advanced Underwater Coatings System used TFT Nuclear’s Bio-Dur 560 Underwater Coatings Product, which has been used in nuclear facilities worldwide for more than 15 years.

TFT touts the coatings system as suitable for large underwater areas, including concrete spent fuel basins. The coating can be applied underwater for repair or recoat or as a contamination control technique for later decommissioning activities.

Underwater Coatings

UCC specializes in underwater services for nuclear, fossil, and hydroelectric power generation; commercial marine shipping; highway and transportation; oil, gas, and power transmission; water utilities; and other markets.

The company says it completed more than 90% of the world’s nuclear dive projects in 2011. A video shows the company’s nuclear work.

UCC says  the Advanced Underwater Coating System process can be used underwater in large areas on concrete, carbon steel and stainless steel and other substrates without dewatering, decontamination, elevated radiation exposure, or scaffolding.


Tagged categories: Coating failure; Epoxy; Linings; Nuclear Power Plants; Oil and Gas; Paint application; Polymers; Protective coatings

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Commercial Sand Blasting & Painting Ltd.
Reliable Service & Superior Workmanship

We’re ready to meet any of your protective coating and lining needs. We can work on your site or in our facilities, with large shops (60,000 sq ft), 40 acres of yard space, and cranes and forklifts on site.

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings

Join SSPC and Enhance
Your Career !

Wasser High-Tech Coatings Inc.
Wasser Coatings Protect

Wasser Coatings offer a complete range of Moisture Cure Urethane (NEPCOAT approved) systems in addition to Polyurea membranes and linings(NSF).

International Paint LLC

International Paint Engineered Coatings

Learn about our solutions for:
  • Structural Steel
  • Piping & Equipment
  • Storage Tanks
  • Pressure Vessels
  • Secondary Containment

    Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America
    Performance Amine 1,3-BAC

    A highly reactive cycloaliphatic diamine offering superior performance. Reasonable cost and curing efficacy makes it suitable for all types of epoxy resin applications.

    Thermion Inc
    Buy Back Program

    We are offering $5,000
    credit for your old Model
    This drive system is
    being discontinued by
    the manufacturer.
    More information at

    Carboline Company
    Hydrocarbon Fire & Jet Fire Protection

    Pyroclad X1 is the latest breakthrough in epoxy based intumescent fireproofing technology

    Built for Tough Jobs

    From Epoxies to Urethanes to other high solid coatings, the new Binks Airless 75 delivers a great finish using an ergonomic design. Visit for more information.

    Atlantic Design, Inc.

    Many service issues can be easily solved over the phone. When you do need parts, ADI has most in stock for all your blasting needs. 866.Call.ADI

    New resins from BASF will have metals loving water:

    Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films

    Technology Publishing

    The Technology Publishing Network

    The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
    Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

    EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
    REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
    MORE:      About   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us

    © Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
    2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail