Nuclear Uprates: Exelon, Progress Energy, Entergy, American Electric Power, GE Hitachi and Bechtel Debate Uprate Best Practice

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The US’s leading nuclear power uprate experts will come together at Nuclear Energy Insider’s Power Uprate Conference to discuss the biggest challenges that are associated with power uprates at American nuclear units.

On June 21–22 2010, plant owners/ utilities, OEM firms, top level contractors, regulators and industry experts will meet to discuss the future possibilities regarding nuclear power uprates in the USA.

With the average cost of uprating a facility standing at anything from $250-$500 million, this is an unavoidable cost for power plant owners/utilities if they wish to increase the MWe output from their current nuclear units.

The total cost of the nuclear uprate market in the USA is estimated at $25 billion and utilities/plant owners are looking for ways to cut costs but crucially, this has to be done without compromising safety and quality or missing tight deadlines.

Uprating nuclear units is costly and technically challenging but it has been proven that owners can potentially receive a fantastic ROI with their uprate projects. The industry is looking for ways to reduce costs and project time without compromising quality and safety. Careful planning and common sense strategies must be put in place by all involved in uprate projects and in order to do that, some of the following challenges must be faced:

  •     Accident and safety analysis and its effect on margin
  •     Analysing uprates and understanding the risks
  •     Fully understanding regulatory legislation
  •     Learning from international experience
  •     Understanding the importance of project management and procurement
  •     Learning from real-life project experiences

The Nuclear Power Uprate Conference will cover all of this and more. Great benefits from attending the event include 14+ hours of networking, working group discussions, networking drinks party at the end of day one and more!

For more information on the summit go to
Conference speakers include: Exelon, Progress Energy, Entergy, American Electric Power, GE Hitachi, AREVA, Bechtel, Shaw Group, IAEA, American Nuclear Insurers, URS, Siemens and more.


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