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General Cable Certifies ULTROL® 60+ Low-Voltage Safety-Related Class 1E Cables with Post-DBE Submergence Test Report for GEN III+ and Gen II Applications

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General Cable Certifies ULTROL® 60+ Low-Voltage Safety-Related Class 1E Cables with Post-DBE Submergence Test Report for GEN III+ and Gen II Applications

Press release date: February 18, 2014

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY – General Cable (NYSE: BGC) announced today that its ULTROL® 60+ Low-Voltage Safety-Related Class 1E 60-year-life Cable has successfully completed third-party environmental qualification testing with one-year post-DBE submergence. With adherence to ASME NQA-1 and US NRC 10CFR50 Appendix B requirements, the completion of this extensive testing confirms conformance of ULTROL 60+ to advanced, passive GEN III+ and legacy 40-year reactor profiles.

Kinectrics (formerly Ontario Hydro Technologies), General Cable’s choice for testing and product qualification, has completed thermal and radiation aging and Design Basis Events (DBE) proving a 60+-year service life, including cable resistance to one-year submergence test in hot boric acid solution. This third-party testing demonstrates that General Cable’s ULTROL 60+ cables meet prior industry standards, as well as GEN III+ reactor profile requirements, and provides an independent check and balance to ensure data-integrity.

“The nuclear industry has been developing and improving reactor technology for more than five decades. Because every reactor design has a unique DBE profile, General Cable’s integrated test program was designed to prove that its cables could withstand the worst possible environment or outcome out of numerous possibilities. With documented performance at higher radiation and temperature levels, we are reasonably assured that ULTROL 60+ low-voltage cables will continue to perform their intended function under extreme environments.” said Koksal Tonyali, Ph.D., Director, Product Engineering and Development, Specialty Cables, General Cable North America.

With the verification of meeting the most rigorous GEN III+ reactor requirements for a 60-year operating life and beyond, ULTROL 60+ low-voltage cable is now fully ready to support the modernization and construction of pressurized and boiling water nuclear power plants worldwide.

• 60+ years of life expectancy confirmed through Arrhenius aging tests
• Exposure to gamma radiation of over 300 MRads total integrated dose (TID) or over 300 MRads TID of beta radiation
• Surpasses nuclear industry requirements for existing PWR and BWR facilities to IEEE 323 and 383
• Meeting reactor manufacturer* requirements for Design Basis Event (DBE) temperature and pressure profiles, including AP1000®, APR1400®, CAP1400®, EPR®, ESBWR®, and ACR-1000®
• Completion of one-year post-DBE submergence requirements of some GEN III+ reactor profiles in hot boric acid solution

Commenting on the announcement, Vice President and General Manager, Specialty Cables, General Cable North America Robert W. Schuermann said: “This is yet another example of General Cable’s strong commitment to serve the global nuclear energy industry and fully support the industry’s commitment to supply safe, clean and reliable nuclear power for generations to come.”

General Cable is a long-standing global nuclear cable supplier with nearly 40 years of uninterrupted service. ULTROL 60+ safety-related Class 1E and safety-significant non-Class 1E low- and medium-voltage wire and cable are uniquely positioned to meet the industry’s stringent requirements for safety, reliability and long-term performance. For technical or commercial inquiries regarding ULTROL 60+, contact us today at

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of aluminum, copper and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets. With annual revenues exceeding $6 billion, General Cable is one of the largest wire and cable manufacturing companies in the world. It operates 57 manufacturing facilities in 26 countries and employs approximately 14,000 associates. Visit our Web site at

Karen Ouellette
Corporate Communications
(860) 465-8777


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