Operations & Maintenance

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 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...

Nuclear cloud computing growth to challenge cyber security tools

Jul 26, 2016

The rising use of common platforms for power plant analytics will require in-depth review of technology options and regular security audits to minimize cyber security risks, experts at...

Exelon in talks to buy Fitzpatrick plant; US, Canada seek closer supply ties

Jul 25, 2016

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Belgian nuclear operator to cut O&M costs by 5% by 2018

Jun 28, 2016

Engie's new maintenance strategy will use a component classification system to prioritize operations and reduce the risk of plant outages as low wholesale prices pressure margins...