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Plant life management and plant license extension are crucial issues for nuclear operators.

Extension of reactor lifetimes from 40 to 60 years is enhancing the economic competitiveness of plants, while both ownership and operation of these is becoming concentrated. Financially, operators would sooner extend the life of their plants rather than decommissioning, an issue which is now more important than ever due to the current economic situation.

There are now 104 operating nuclear power reactors in the USA, with over half coming to the end of their 40 year cycle. These plants now need approval by the NRC to continue operating by applying for a new operating license. This process is complex often taking years to complete. The NRC guidelines must be followed giving rise to predicaments such as replacing nuclear components and the obsolescence of equipment, as well as degradation issues with underground piping and medium voltage cables. In addition, how will we overcome plant aging issues and how will we break the 60 year barrier?

Now in its 18th year, PLIM & PLEX 2009 in Chicago, USA, will include significant case studies and presentations from leading utilities, operators, innovators in R&D, regulators and international associations to provide answers to these and other topical questions. From long range planning for capital modification to overcoming fuel storage problems, this conference will provide insight in how to solve the critical issues facing the industry today.

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  1. 1. presents: 18th Annual The PLIM + PLEX only conf i eren nternatio plant ce de nal life m dicated and anag to licen eme se ex nt with CPD tension poin ts Tuesday September 29 and Wednesday September 30 2009, Chicago, uSa Plant life management and plant license extension in nuclear facilities DISTINGuISHED SPEaKERS INCluDE: aGENDa HIGHlIGHTS INCluDE! Joe Donahue, Vice President Nuclear • Discover how EXElON extended their license at Operations and Services, Oyster Creek PROGRESS ENERGY • Review ENTERGY's fleet approach to license renewal Mike Gallagher, Vice President License • Learn how SOuTHERN NuClEaR manage an Renewal, EXElON aging plant • Identify proactive obsolescence management at Erwin fischer, Head of Technology, E.ON D.C. Cook Nuclear with aMERICaN ElECTRIC POWER Bob Kalinowski, Principal Engineer, • Determine INPO perspectives on equipment aMERICaN ElECTRIC POWER reliability over the long term Garry Young, Principal Engineer, ENTERGY • Find out the challenge to sustain high performance operation of existing nuclear plants to 2050 and Dennis Madison, Site Vice President beyond with EPRI Hatch Nuclear Power Plant, SOuTHERN • Evaluate U.S. license renewal process and lessons NuClEaR OPERaTING COMPaNY learned with the uSNRC Mike fallin, Principal Engineer, CONSTEllaTION ENERGY all THE lEaDING ORGaNIZaTIONS REPRESENTED alex Marion, Vice President Nuclear • EXELON • USNRC Operations, NEI • E.ON • AMERICAN ELECTRIC • Exhibitor: ENTERGY POWER Brian Holian, Director of License Renewal, • CONSTELLATION ENERGY • GE HITACHI uSNRC • PROGRESS ENERGY • EPRI Silver sponsors: Exhibitors: Organised by: vIBevents Register now: Tel: +44 (0)20 7753 4268 fax: +44 (0)20 7915 9773 Website:
  2. 2. Program Day One Tuesday September 29 2009 08:15 Registration 11:30 KEYNOTE PRESENTaTION 08:50 Opening remarks from the Chair life beyond 60: the greenest power Will Dalrymple, Editor, NuClEaR ENGINEERING INTERNaTIONal The licensing of nuclear plants for longer than 60 years is allowed by 10 CFR 54: Requirements For Renewal Of Operating Planning for future economic uncertainties: Licenses For Nuclear Power Plants. However, an application to extend a plant beyond 60 years of operation has not been operating beyond 60 years submitted and there is considerable uncertainty concerning the 9:00 long term operation: the challenge to sustain high issues such an application would have to address. This keynote performance operation of existing nuclear plants to presentation will provide the case for taking the US nuclear 2050 and beyond fleet beyond 60 years of operation and will discuss the issues ● Underlining clear societal benefits as well as financial benefits surrounding the submittal and review of an application to do to owners and operators of nuclear plants: continuing to so. It will address the technical, environmental, and regulatory operate at high performance levels hurdles that will have to be surmounted. ● Analyzing the performance of today’s plants ● Developing the ultimate green power ● Modernizing plants to enhance performance and safety – CO2 abatement ● Maintaining this performance and securing license renewal – Avoidance of new construction beyond 60 years ● Understanding the regulatory landscape ● Supporting plant license renewal and long term operations – Streamlined review process decisions in the 2013 – 2019 timeframe by using R&D and – NRC readiness to accept beyond 60 applications technical assessments ● Highlighting the environmental concerns ● Identifying and prioritizing technical issues: engaging in – Spent fuel storage R&D for high priority issues and collaborating with other – Low level waste stakeholders to assure timely results that will have a – Resources for new plant siting consensus for action – Emergency preparedness and population projections ● Achieving license renewals and high performance operations ● Overcoming the technical issues to advance into the future ● Clarifying the key issues including: – Large part replacement – Predicting primary metals aging – Viability of replacing reactors, RCS piping and pressurizers – Understanding concrete aging concerns – Aging of concrete – Modernizing I&C and information systems – Buried piping – Planning refurbishments and power up-rates to prevent ● Forecasting economics for the future outages or safety events enhancing analysis and – Cost of renewing a second time monitoring of safety margins – Cost of replacing power with a new source – Investigating innovative fuel concepts that improve operations Joe Donahue, vice President Nuclear Operations and John Gaertner, Technical Executive, EPRI Services, PROGRESS ENERGY 09:40 Plant life and aging management in Germany’s nuclear 12:10 Increasing station reliability and availability power plants ● Industry performance review ● The business case and approaches taken to improve ● An overview of E.ON nuclear power plants in Germany ● Leveraging industry experience ● Determining plant safety and performance ● Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) ● Evaluating maintenance and aging management obsolescence initiatives ● Experience from operations and modifications over the last ● The importance of long range planning 10 years ● Performance and reliability assessments ● Regulatory aspects and specific events ● Customer project review: scope, results and recommendations ● The outlook on the future ● Conclusions: creating the vision and management commitment Erwin fischer, Head of Technology, E.ON Jon W. Ball, vice President, Performance Services, GE HITaCHI 10:20 The vital role for information technology in managing 12.50 Period of extended operation (PEO) entry and long term operational risk of nuclear plants incorporation of 10 CfR 54 committed aging ● Using information technology to build stakeholder confidence management into site processes at this time of economic instability ● Status of Constellation Energy license renewal program ● Focusing on reducing risks, increasing efficiency, managing ● Steps taken to be ready for NRC Post-Approval Inspections (NRC costs and improving interoperability between systems and data IP71003) sources from design to decommissioning ● Aging management program (AMP) owner involvement and ● Where is the industry at and where is it headed regards lifecycle ownership data management? ● Generation of fleet procedures for aging management ● Leveraging existing information assets and legacy systems, and ● Compliance with 10 CFR 54.37(b) future proofing these assets ● Aging management inspections ● Role and importance of standards, like ISO 15926, going into ● LR commitment binders the future for this industry ● Site processes upgraded or created to incorporate ongoing 10 ● Referencing case study examples from Eastern Europe & CFR 54 committed aging management Russia, Japan & Korea and the Americas ● Master equipment list database Mark Biagi, Solutions Executive for Power Generation, ● Work management BENTlEY SYSTEMS ● Corrective action program ● Ongoing training on material aging fundamentals 11:00 Morning refreshments ● AMP owner qualification Mike fallin, Principal Engineer, CONSTEllaTION ENERGY
  3. 3. Program Day One Program Day Two 1:30 Lunch 08:30 Registration 08:50 Opening remarks from the Chair licensing licensing licensing Will Dalrymple, Editor, NuClEaR ENGINEERING INTERNaTIONal 2:30 KEYNOTE PRESENTaTION lessons learned on license renewal applications with Replacing and mitigating materials great public interest 09:00 Proactive obsolescence management at D.C. On April 8 2009, Exelon’s Oyster Creek nuclear power plant Cook Nuclear was granted a license extension to operate until 2029. This ● Developing an obsolescence program case study from a leading nuclear power plant operator in ● Integrating obsolescence information into plant processes the US will provide inside knowledge into: ● Using industry databases to proactively identify obsolete ● The Exelon’s license renewal status components ● The Oyster Creek application background ● Prioritizing obsolescence issues ● Lessons learned from the Oyster Creek application ● Interface with design changes and replacement activities ● Applying the lessons learned ● Challenges to implementing a proactive ● Results from a key industry player obsolescence program Michael P Gallagher, Principal Engineer, vice President Bob Kalinowski, Principal Engineer, license Renewal Projects, EXElON aMERICaN ElECTRIC POWER 09:40 Supporting the long term licensing and operation of the 3:10 u.S. license renewal process and lessons learned: existing operating nuclear power plants in 2009, the u.S. has 4 plants entering their 41st ● Maintaining and enhancing the performance of the existing year of operation operating fleet of LWRs ● The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) license ● Ensuring high capacity factors and superior economic renewal process: establishing the technical and performance throughout their lifetime administrative requirements for the renewal of operating ● Nuclear materials aging and degradation power plant licenses ● Advanced LWR nuclear fuel development ● The review process for License Renewal Applications ● Advanced instrumentation, control, and information systems (LRA): providing continued assurance that the level of technologies safety provided by an applicant’s current licensing basis is ● Risk informed safety margin characterization maintained for the period of extended operation Ronaldo Szilard, Ph.D Director, Nuclear Science & ● Focusing on passive, long-lived structures and components Engineering, Idaho National laboratory Director, lWR of the plant that are subject to the effects of aging Sustainability Program, Technical Integration Office ● What the applicant must demonstrate including programs in place to manage the aging effects 10:20 Morning refreshments ● Discussing some of the issues identified during license renewal reviews ● Working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on 10:50 Materials long-term aging issues and their resolution research related to light water reactor sustainability ● Westinghouse Hot Cells: providing a unique capability for Brian Holian, Director, Division of license Renewal, uSNRC understanding materials aging issues and potential methods of mitigation and/or replacement – Radiation effects on the reactor pressure vessil (RPV) 3:50 Afternoon refreshments and internals – Innovative surveillance capsule testing involving master 4:20 Entergy's fleet approach to license renewal curve and assessing high-fluence data ● Status of license renewal in the U.S. – Fuel technology and advancements ● Status of Entergy's license renewal program – Mechanical wear ● Prerequisites for license renewal – Piping fatigue and failures ● Entergy's license renewal project template – Stress corrosion cracking ● Status of industry guidance on aging management for long – NDE inspection methods improvements term operation ● Conflict between resolution of aging effects in ● Opportunities for additional license renewals: operation other components beyond 60 years – Temperature can be your friend and/or your enemy Garry G. Young, Principal Engineer license Renewal, – Proper decision making for long term operation ENTERGY NuClEaR ● Long term operation with minimal materials problems can be achieved – Requiring a longer term vision in the industry than 5:00 Outline of the operator license renewal process has been required before ● Analyzing the rules of license renewal – Maintaining expertise bringing new resources into ● Going through the license renewal process step by step the industry ● Updates on recent license renewal developments – Employing mechanistically-backed monitoring and ● Highlighting the significance of 10 CFR Part 54 inspection approaches ● Above all, safety matters! Brian N. Burgos, Manager, Hot Cell and Materials Growth, ● Is there any additional guidance on the matter? Science and Technology Department, WESTINGHOuSE angela Krainik, Director of license Renewal, Randy lott, advisory Scientist, WESTINGHOuSE aRIZONa PuBlIC POWER DISTRICT 5:40 Closing remarks from the Chair and close of Day One
  4. 4. Wednesday September 30 2009 11:30 focusing on medium voltage cables long term plant management ● Overcoming the inaccessibility of the cables ● Operating experiences of water problems 3:50 KEYNOTE PRESENTaTION: Managing the aging plant ● Methods used to test the levels of wetness focusing on the present ● The aging effects caused by water ● Determining the safety and reliability of existing units ● Resolving these issues: replacing the cables or using ● Optimizing public confidence other techniques ● Gaining a deeper understanding of regulatory compliance alex Marion, vice President Nuclear Operations, focusing on the future NuClEaR ENERGY INSTITuTE ● Identifying future generation needs ● Life cycle management Coping with radiation damage ● Building workforce availability 12:10 Radiation damage in light water reactors (lWRs) ● Equipment/parts availability ● Economics of license renewal: the cost to prepare and submit ● Choosing materials for LWRs and why radiation damage ● Environmental impact is unique ● Economic impact: the cost of investing in a plant for life ● An overview of PWR designs beyond 60 ● Radiation induced swelling and creep ● Radiation induced segregation and precipitation Potential issues and overcoming them ● Radiation induced embrittlement ● New units coming on line: will they be successful and what Todd allen, Scientific Director, IDaHO NaTIONal will the financial impact be? laBORaTORY ● Identifying the main concerns of spent fuel ● Bypassing economic uncertainties 12:50 Lunch Dennis Madison, Site vice President Hatch Nuclear Power Plant, SOuTHERN NuClEaR OPERaTING COMPaNY 2:00 Radiation damage under extended reactor operation: potential limitations and opportunities for relief 4:30 INPO perspectives on equipment reliability over Overview of structures and components where radiation the long term damage is a concern for extended service ● Maintenance of critical components ● RPV radiation embrittlement: late blooming phases and ● Equipment performance trends embrittlement in base and weld metals ● Transformer and switchyard performance ● Radiation damage in core internals: high fluence phase ● Thoughts on life cycle management transformation and swelling ● Industry initiative on improving fuel performance: ● Impact of high fluence irradiation on corrosion processes: a model for the future irradiation-assisted stress corrosion cracking Rick Jacobs, vice President of Technical Support, INPO Potential for reducing impact and uncertainty in irradiation- 5:10 Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference damage mechanisms ● Mitigation strategies: application of post-irradiation annealing to RPV steels as well as internals ● Monitoring strategies: need and concepts for better NDE and monitoring techniques ● Modelling strategies: the need and concepts for life-time predictions Jeremy Busby, Senior Research and Development Staff, lead for DOE-lWRSP Materials aging and Degradation, OaK RIDGE NaTIONal laBORaTORY 2:40 Environment materials interaction in lWRs about the event ● Corrosion issues in cladding and structural components Now in its 18th year, PLIM & PLEX 2009 in Chicago, USA, ● Stress corrosion cracking in stainless steels and nickel will include significant case studies and presentations from base alloys leading utilities, operators, innovators in R&D, regulators and ● Corrosion fatigue international associations to provide answers to the challenges ● Irradiation assisted stress corrosion cracking you will be facing in the future. From long range planning for ● Environmental degradation issues for life extension Gary Was, Director, MICHIGaN MEMORIal PHOENIX ENERGY capital modification to overcoming fuel storage problems, this INSTITuTE, Professor, uNIvERSITY Of MICHIGaN conference will provide essential information regarding how to solve the critical issues facing the industry today. 3.20 Afternoon refreshment Register now:
  5. 5. Silver sponsors: Official Publication: GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Nuclear Engineering International A legacy of excellence has now been published for more formed by combining GE and than 53 years. Having been published Hitachi's nuclear businesses, GE since the very birth of commercial Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-class enterprise nuclear power in 1956, NEI holds a unique position within the with a highly skilled workforce and global infrastructure industry and an enviable reputation for providing independent dedicated to serving the nuclear industry. Reflecting a technical and business analysis for the nuclear power industry. record of accomplishments that spans more than five Renowned for reliable and quality editorial reports, it’s a must decades, the GEH alliance is recognized as the world's for anyone working in this dynamic industry. foremost developer of boiling water reactors, robust fuel has up-to-date news & information, cycle products and highly valued nuclear plant services. a fully searchable archive and buyers guide, and receives over 20,000 unique visitors a month. Westinghouse Electric Company is the only company with a single focus Media Partners: on nuclear power, providing is the a wide range of nuclear plant leading online nuclear products and services to utilities throughout the world. resource site covering With more than 12,000 employees worldwide provide companies, plants, jobs, personnel, and news in the fuel, spent fuel management, service and maintenance, nuclear power industry worldwide. Industry professionals instrumentation and control and advanced nuclear plant can easily connect with nuclear plant personnel, suppliers, designs. With the world’s largest base of installed plants, recruiters, or anybody in the industry. no company has more nuclear experience. Bentley Systems Power Technology is a procurement The Bentley Solution for Power and reference resource providing a Generation provides a comprehensive one-stop-shop for professionals and solution for conceptual design, detail design, operation decision makers within the power and maintenance with data-exchange connectors based on and energy industries. A comprehensive breakdown of power ISO15926 data models that facilitate interoperability with generation equipment suppliers, products and services, up- many forms of legacy data. View presentations, videos, case to-date news and press releases, white papers and detailed studies and more. information on current industry projects and trends is readily available. The monthly Power newsletter details the latest industry developments, and the recruitment area provides Exhibitors: career information and the latest job vacancies in the field. Energy Business Review (EBR) is the Energy BUSINESS fastest growing website within the energy industry. EBR provides a high Review level audience with a ‘one-stop-shop’, where the latest opinion and forecasts of Datamonitor analysts are provided alongside the latest industry news. - Nuclear Jobs & Resumes, Nuclear Career Resource. Co-Sponsor: accredited by: Who should attend? Participants will include: ● Senior representatives from utility owners and operators ● Engineering staff ● Plant life managers If you want to be part of thIs leadIng Industry ● License renewal and regulatory managers event, WE HavE a NuMBER Of SPONSORSHIP ● Team leaders in technical services OPPORTuNITIES avaIlaBlE. ● Project managers Please contact : Jaz Sidhu on ● International nuclear agencies +44 (0)207 753 4259, or email ● International consultancies
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