Nuclear Program Preparation Services


 

NucAdvisor Competencies

 

 

The IAEA is currently in dialogue with more than 33 countries who are interested in introducing nuclear power, many of which are actively planning new construction projects, but even before ground is broken for the first reactor, any emergent nuclear power program needs such things as a nuclear infrastructure, regulatory regime, trained operators, a stable supply-chain, and agreements on fuel and financing.

NucAdvisor experts have managed several projects in the world, from financing to construction and are able to use this experience to assist any governmental bodies, national agencies or electrical utilities to make a Nuclear Energy program a breality.

NucAdvisor is in contact with many countries that have decided to include Nuclear Energy in their electricity mix, and which are currently implementing a nuclear program. NucAdvisor support clients during phases 1 and 2 of the IAEA Milestones process for the development of civil nuclear power.

 

Once a country has approved a nuclear program, preparatory studies can begin, covering a wide range of application: from the technology & site selection to the safety studies. Many NucAdvisor experts spent their career working for utilities and owners all over the world. They were part of the implementation of several nuclear program, and have the knowledge to manage pre-implementation phase activities such as:

  • Preparation of a National nuclear program (IAEA milestones phase 1 & 2)
  • Long Term Energy Planning
  • National policy document (White Paper)
  • Nuclear program roadmap (IAEA Phases)
  • Analyse and propose the legal national and international agreements and meet requirements in Safeguards, Safety etc
  • Public Acceptance & stakeholder involvement
  • Industry preparedness & localization
  • Lobbying
  • Independent Design reviews, and feasibility studies
  • Characterization and preparation of nuclear sites, site selection and qualification

 

Given that Nuclear Program preparation is a vital step for the safe development of reliable nuclear energy, our Partner Expert leading this subject is our Chairman, Alain Bugat based on many years leading the CEA, Alain’s experience is unrivalled in these issues, many of which require interaction with key stakeholders in both Governments and Industry.

Applicable Reference : Feasibility studies and strategic planning for the DCNS SMR concept “FlexBlue®” in France.

 

Flexblue® is a small subsea nuclear power plant with an output rating of 150 MWe. The power plant proper comprises a nuclear reactor, a steam turbine-alternator set and associated electrical equipment. Submarine power cables will carry electricity from the Flexblue plant to the coast.

Flexblue® is based on proven technologies combined in a new way. The result is a major innovation in the global energy market. The concept draws on DCNS’s 40 years’ experience in nuclear engineering and a century of experience in submarine design and construction. It also benefits from the Group’s unique expertise in naval systems and nuclear propulsion.

Flexblue® brings together the very best of DCNS’s know-how in submarine engineering and marine environments to ensure performance, reliability, safety, durability and environmental protection. Compared with the reactors powering nuclear submarines, which are specifically designed for naval propulsion, Flexblue® reactors will be tailored for continuous power generation. Because Flexblue® is based on a modular design concept, it is inherently compatible with current and future generations of small- and medium-sized reactors (SMRs).

Since November 2009 NucAdvisor has been a key part of the DCNS drive to bring Flexblue® to reality, carrying out a number of strategic studies to support the overall Project Feasibility, NucAdvisor work covered the following areas:

  • Setting up of legal and technical general requirements
  • Compliance of the project to the legal and technical requirements
  • Social acceptance
  • Economic competitiveness
  • Market and economic studies
  • Safety analysis
  • Site study (site selection for a prototype & selection of targeted countries)
  • Safety studies and support for licensing
  • Reactor design assessment
  • Overall plant system design
  • Organization of operations  and maintenance
  • Lobbying (partner research, safety authority relations etc)
  • Analysis of specific licensing issues (transportation, involvement of several national safety authorities)
  • Business case for construction of two Flexblue® reactors

 

The Flexblue® project is now attracting attention from a number of Governments as well as manufacturers who are interested to take the concept into production.