Managing requirements across the nuclear supply chain
Find out how effective and efficient requirements and resource management can help owners and operators avert costly delays and other challenges in their nuclear power plant projects.
New build projects for nuclear power plants (NPP) across the world are constantly challenged by changing requirements, high costs and long project timelines. In addition, they are often multinational in nature; for instance, a NPP in Turkey might be built by a Japanese-American consortium using French (RCC) and American (ASME) design codes.
As a result of these complexities and high requirements, projects very often encounter expensive delays and complications. According to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2015, approximately three in every four nuclear power builds worldwide were running behind schedule.
Nuclear power investors, owners and operators need effective and efficient requirements and resource management for NPP projects to avert costly delays and other challenges. This task requires a trusted and objective third-party service provider with far-reaching technical expertise and global reach.
Ideally, a nuclear technical support organisation (TSO) should be an independent technical consultancy with in-depth nuclear expertise and extensive accreditations in nuclear services. A TSO is a certifier in nuclear technology capable of not just third-party conformity assessment, but also second-party services. The organisation should be able to provide project and quality management for all core competencies for NPP projects, including certification services, quality management, safety management, nuclear engineering, structural engineering, electrical engineering, plant security and fire protection, radiation protection, and decommissioning and radioactive waste management.
TÜV SÜD is a well-qualified independent TSO for requirements management across the entire NPP lifecycle, from licensing to design and construction, to operation, and finally to decommissioning. Additional nuclear services cover safety assessment of nuclear installations, radiation protection and nuclear waste management. Besides providing assessment and consulting services up to the end of the nuclear lifecycle, the organisation’s experts also conduct customised training programmes and specialised workshops on various NPP topics. The company has served NPP stakeholders in projects around the globe, including projects incorporating new nuclear technologies and testing under unprecedented and extreme conditions.
In addition to working for the benefit of owners, operators and investors, TÜV SÜD also offers assessment and consulting services for authorities. TÜV SÜD’s nuclear services are aligned to a wide range of standards across the world including IAEA, ASME, NUREG, KTA (Germany), SAPs (UK), KEPIC (Korea), PNAE (Russia), RCC (France) and YVL (Finland).