Operations & Maintenance

French presidential favorite pins reactor closures to renewables growth

May 3, 2017

The election of Emmanuel Macron as French President would see nuclear decommissioning activity surge in the next decade but shutdown dates will depend on measures to accelerate wind...

US orders grid study to support nuclear, coal; Exelon, Japan Atomic create operations firm

Apr 19, 2017

Our pick of the latest nuclear power news you need to know.

GE Hitachi, ARC to license joint reactor in Canada; Siemens installs first live 3D-printed part

Mar 21, 2017

Our pick of the latest nuclear power news you need to know.

Westinghouse 3D printing trials reveal cost savings for all reactor types

Jan 25, 2017

New research has shown that additive manufacturing (AM) can halve manufacturing costs for replacement nuclear parts and complex design prototypes will demonstrate efficiency gains for...

Operators told to plan shutdowns three years ahead, focus on labor

Nov 30, 2016

Nuclear operators must start decommissioning work at least three years before shutdown and prioritize labor placement decisions to minimize the transition period and associated...

Canadian plant offtake contract spurs cost-cutting digitization projects

Nov 16, 2016

Bruce Power’s new long-term offtake contract with the Ontario grid has allowed the operator to raise profitability through advanced digitization and robotics initiatives, Sarah...

US operators roll out electronic project apps to speed up maintenance

Nov 16, 2016

U.S. utilities can cut overheads for plant operations and maintenance (O&M) work package lifecycles by up to 75% by switching from from paper to digital and mobile platforms, Jeff...

US operator urges faster changes to I&C rules holding back digitization

Nov 1, 2016

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) must accelerate rule changes on digitizing safety control systems and update software failure assumptions so plant operators can implement lower...

Nuclear engineers apply 3D printing to cut cost of parts replacement

Aug 23, 2016

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's new 3D printing project for nuclear plant components demonstrates the rising use of 3-D modelling to optimize complex engineering and manufacturing...

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