Nuclear Innovation Webinar in a Nutshell:

The webinars provide a unique perspective with presentations from international experts involved in existing operations, new build and advanced R&D. The combination of topics gives you the opportunity to learn from the latest developments and potential synergies in LTO, New Build and Advanced Reactors. In a Q&A session questions from the audience and experts are addressed by Mr. Reed from EDF Energy, Mr. Liuko from Fennovoima, Mr. Kwang-hee from KHNP and Mr. Davies from USNC.


Read more about the webinar guests in the articles below.


Articles in a nutshell

Long-Term Operation of Nuclear Power Plants in the US with Subsequent License Renewal

In the United States, it was recognized in the early 1980s that the topic of extending the operating licenses for nuclear power plants would need to be addressed.  This prompted activities at the NRC to consider a process for renewing licenses, research activities to demonstrate the feasibility of renewing licenses, and codes and standards activities. 

LTO of NPP Borssele

The Borssele Nuclear Power Plant is the only operating NPP in the Netherlands. It started commercial operation in 1973 and is therefore already 48 years in production. Long term operation is currently scheduled until 2034.

NRG ageing management and LTO experience and vision

NRG Nuclear Compliance & Projects cluster provides a broad range of ageing management and LTO related services and consultancy. Under the brand name TULIP LTO challenging projects are done for:

Borssele NPP (NL)
Ringhals NPP and Oskarshamn NPP (SE)
Atucha NPP (AR)
Olkiluoto NPP (FI)
HFR research reactor (NL)

Licensing Strategies and Implications for Fuel and Materials

While relatively young in the context of traditional nuclear development, Kairos Power’s iterative approach and strong emphasis on early engagement with the regulator have yielded significant experience and tangible licensing results early in the project lifecycle. Kairos Power’s near-term focus is on U.S. licensing and deployment, but the lessons learned through KP-FHR development, testing, and licensing experience are also valuable under different regulatory regimes.

Licensing at Terrestrial Energy

Terrestrial Energy has been engaged in the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC) Vendor Design Review (VDR) process since 2015 which is an optional service provided by the CNSC when requested by a vendor.

Challenges in the licensing process for new nuclear power plants

A key aspect in the planning of new-built of a nuclear power plant is licensing. To allow for clear investment decisions and the prevention of cost overruns, it is of paramount importance that a transparent and harmonized licensing framework is provided. It should be possible to provide all relevant requirements and insights of the risks at the beginning of the project.

Source: VTT

Energy market studies more positive towards nuclear energy

Our nuclear innovation conference to be held in March next year will focus on what innovations are needed for nuclear energy progression. The relevance of this topic is once again demonstrated by the recent publication of IPCC and by the publication of a Market Consultation report by KPMG.

Insights from LTO safety cases, interview with Mr. Reed, EDF Energy

Jim Reed is the Chief Graphite Engineer in EDF. In this role he has strategic oversight in a particular part of the nuclear power station, the graphite core. The graphite core is one of the key life-limiting issues for the nuclear reactors in the UK. The work to better understand the lifetime is a combination of science and engineering, trying to understand key behavior at the atomic level and how the graphite core as a 1000+ m3 structure behaves in a seismic event. Continue reading for his point of view when it comes to UK lifetime extension activities and energy providers’ business strategies.

Nuclear Innovation Roadmap

The experience and innovation basis of the current fleet of reactors is fundamental for Design, Construction and Operation of new reactors which can improve their performance and availability using the lessons learned from the current LTO programs.  In our innovation roadmap we share our view on the added value of the nuclear industry segments.


Nuclear new build project

Janne Liuko of Fennovoima explains their project management approach on the construction of a VVER-1200 plant in Pyhäjoki, Finland, to reduce and control project risks. Focusing on minimizing revisions of Finnish regulation, they developed a stage wise approach of the design. These stages comprise plant safety, operational design and design for realization.

Barakah Unit 1 commercial operation begins

On April 6th 2021, commercial operation of the Burakah Unit 1 has succesfully commenced. The production of 5.6 GWe will provide up to 25% of the electricity within the United Arab Emirates. KHNP talks about their involvement in the development of the first nuclear power project in the Arab world, the other parties involved, their cooperation and their conctractual approach.

Interview with Mark Davies, Vice President – Fuel at USNC

A special item on the first advanced reactor system that has been allocated a site in the Western part of the world. The USNC MMR is an inherently safe and modular system, designed to produce energy or heat for industrial processes or hydrogen production. Mark Davies, Vice President – Fuel at USNC, gives an interview on his experience in nuclear technology, his current work at USNC and the future including the MMR technology.