Great Britain: construction of the last generation of EPR Reactors
Energy, (the UK branch of EDF) in partnership with AREVA, are currently
engaged in a project to build and operate 4 EPR nuclear power plants
(each with 1600 MWe capacity) in the UK over the coming years. As part
of the ongoing licensing process with the British Nuclear Safety
Authorities (HSE/NII – Health & Safety Executive/Nuclear
Installations Inspectorate), EDF/AREVA are currently involved in the
General Design Assessment of the EPR. With the objective of clearing
this stage, EDF/AREVA must justify and defend the design choices made
for the EPR. If the HSE gives a favourable final verdict, the first
unit is expected to go online in 2017.
Oxand is closely involved with this project, providing support to EDF
to respond to HSE/NII requests, and undertaking detailed studies on
various subjects including the reference regulation for the EPR
Canada : feasibility studies underway for a major CO2 storage project
A feasibility study for a large-scale CO2
capture and storage (CCS) project is currently underway at Fort Nelson
in British Columbia (Canada). The study aims to validate plans to store
CO2 in deep saline geological formations with an annual
storage capacity of up to 2 million tones. The project is headed by
Spectra Energy – one of the principal suppliers of natural gas in North
America. CO2 will be captured at Spectra’s existing gas treatment facility at Fort Nelson. If plans proceed as scheduled, CO2 injection is expected to begin in 2013.
The key contributor to this project is the Energy & Environment
Research Center (EERC) – an American company based in Grand Forks
(North Dakota). EERC is dealing with the performance modeling of the
reservoir, risk evaluation, and the development of a programme for
monitoring, verification and accountability.
On the subject of risk evaluation, EERC called on Oxand for its
previous experience in large-scale CCS projects. Oxand is undertaking
several tasks for EERC:
• The creation of a project-specific risk management framework, aligned
with best risk assessment practices and international risk management
• The first risk assessment of the Fort Nelson CCS project, based on
advanced reservoir modeling and leakage simulations;
• The development of risk treatment recommendations to ensure the
long-term performance of the project and to support Spectra Energy’s
strategic decision-making process.
France: rail transport of heavy and bulky cargo
has decided to favour rail networks for the transport of particularly
heavy and bulky cargoes (such as alternator stators or rotors) to
nuclear production centres and RTE sites, in order to reduce the
environmental impact of these operations. In this context, EDF group’s
objectives are to improve transportation capacity and the availability
of the RFF-managed rail network. This requires a close collaboration
between the two infrastructure owners and the delegated operator
(SNCF), manifested in a common project for the management of railway
infrastructure over several years.
Oxand is supporting EDF in the
definition, organization and execution of the strategic and operational
phases of this project.
Belgium: extending the lifespan of nuclear power plants
operates the seven pressurized water nuclear reactors in Belgium.
In order to prepare a possible extension of the service life of the
three oldest tranches by up to 10 years (the Belgian government
recently made arrangements to allow for this extension), GDF-SUEZ
has commenced a project for the continuation of operation, compatible
with the requirements of international standards and regulation
(AIEA, NUREG, etc). The main objective is to identify and plan the
actions necessary to guarantee the extended operation of the NPPs
in acceptable conditions of safety, reliability and availability.
It is in this context that Oxand is reviewing “Ageing Management Programmes” for civil structures for Electrabel.