The eyes of the nuclear power supply chain as new ways of success as the transition to global markets

Significant changes are taking place as the nuclear power supply chain and management move into a larger global business, and the nuclear industry adopts new technologies, such as innovation, and prepares them for small modular stimuli (SMRs).

These and other topics were on the agenda of the 16th edition of FORATOM-IAEA on joint management systems. Last week’s event, which lasted more than three days, saw the global nuclear power plant and equipment industry – with revenue expected to reach $ 49 billion by 2025; In the midst of a global epidemic.

“Like many other manufacturing sectors, the COVID-19 epidemic has also damaged the supply chain by introducing long lead times for new construction and some major redevelopment projects, as well as affecting the mobility of contractors,” he said. Head of the Nuclear Power Department at the event. He still says, “The industry you work for is resilient. Despite the outbreak and all related locks, there is no closure regarding nuclear power plants or major obstacles or disruptions.

Nuclear supply chains are essential for safe, secure and efficient operations in the life cycle of a nuclear power plant. However, participants said that in order to meet the needs of buyers, including new nuclear power programs, the industry needs to achieve a more coordinated approach between licenses, regulators and suppliers. They discussed the implications of changes in international trade as the choice shifted from international supply to localism and new addition methods such as 3D printing.

Various national regulations, standards, and laws highlight the problem of harmonizing the supply chain and creating a global framework for the use of high-quality “commercial standards” for other industries, not just the nuclear sector.

With further innovation, participants said, the nuclear industry could manage such developments. For example, long-time project leader Oliver Martin said that the Joint Research Center, the European Commission for Science and Knowledge Services, is developing a method for qualifying materials and components to be developed at additional facilities that comply with nuclear codes and standards (NC and S). Nuclear power plant in JRC.

As the nuclear industry seeks to deploy SMR for electric and non-electric applications over the next decade, suppliers should be aware of all requirements and new guidelines, he said. United Kingdom. More than 70 SMR designs are currently under construction in 19 countries around the world, and two SMR units have already been developed in Russia.

“I have a team of supply development engineers who are committed to helping new suppliers understand the requirements,” Everett said. This industry cannot grow if we only use what we always use – we have to look at new suppliers, technologies and organizations.

It is also important to be open to new suppliers in the sector, said Pierre Lahai, director of the administration of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. In the case of licensing responses to new suppliers’ products, the first response is usually to initiate them, he said. But those providers have a lot of experience about what and what to do, so should we not educate those providers and keep them in the supply chain? ”

More digital, more remote work

Mark Tannenba, project manager at the United States Institute of Electric Power (EPR), during a one-hour session on the USAAA website, cited a survey designed to accommodate some changes made to accommodate 70 percent of respondents. Along with the epidemic, including remote work, remote auditors and certifications, digital stamping of documents and better risk management.

Russia’s Atomic Energy Corporation (ROSATOM) has worked to integrate the entire supply chain through the company’s new digital platform, said Leonardo Lakeford, head of ROSATOM’s quality management department. He says it takes a lot of time and effort to explain what we do and why it is good for them. We had to learn many new skills in our quality management department.

Supports the development of supply chains and planned procurement management systems for owners and operators, facilitates the development of industrial cooperation, and recently launched the IAEA nuclear supply chain, as well as a series of nuclear supply chains. , Training courses and other events help build mutual understanding between regulators, technical support organizations, owners of nuclear facilities and their suppliers in supply chain issues.

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