Entergy, Duke & Progress Energy Develop New Supply Chain Efficiencies to Expand Industry Growth as US Commits to Nuclear After Fukushima

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Last week the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed the US Government’s commitment to the continuation of the nuclear industry after the devastating events in Japan.

In order to make the supply chain more efficient, both suppliers and purchasers agree that clarity and communication need to be improved across the board. “We identify critical supplier activities,” says Hockenberry, “and gain oversight at their facilitie

There is absolutely no doubt that the industry will now be relying even more heavily on utilities and vendors to develop cost efficient nuclear projects which are perfectly safe during construction, major projects and operation.

Dale Hockenberry, Entergy’s Director of Director of Materials, Purchasing and Contracts will be discussing utility challenges and offer insight into how Entergy’s nuclear supply chain will be streamlined at the 2nd Annual Nuclear Supply Chain in Charlotte North Carolina on the 14-15 June 2011.

Hockenberry states “One of the biggest procurement challenges the nuclear industry faces at the moment has to do with the quality of goods and services. Goods and services impact operational results, sometimes leading to plants being shut down or outages being extended to correct issues.”

In order to make the supply chain more efficient, both suppliers and purchasers agree that clarity and communication need to be improved across the board. “We identify critical supplier activities,” says Hockenberry, “and gain oversight at their facilities at these critical junctures, lending our own expertise...to ensure the job gets done properly.”

While these measures may sound intrusive, Hockenberry explains that this hands-on approach to procurement management is appreciated by suppliers: “Our vendors and contractors are very receptive...we work as partners.”

Entergy also work to achieve procurement efficiencies through the consolidation of materials purchasing. Presently, 60% of the company’s purchasing goes through a central office, with a target of 70%. “This consolidation”, says Hockenberry, “helps us be more efficient with inventory management and materials planning”.

The emphasis here, and elsewhere, is to reduce waste and cost and unused materials, with a view to making the whole purchasing processes leaner and more effective.

Clearly much needs to be done to meet the local and global challenges of the nuclear industry and the nuclear supply chain. The 2nd Annual Nuclear Supply Chain Conference is being produced with nuclear industry group, the Carolinas’ Nuclear Cluster and will draw 250+ senior level attendees from 120 different companies and agencies around the world including directors from the US NRC, US DOE, Entergy, Exelon, Duke, Progress Energy, URENCO, AREVA, Shaw Power Group and URS.

For the full speaker line-up and further detailed information on the 2nd Annual Nuclear Supply Chain Conference download the conference brochure at http://www.nuclearenergyinsider.com/nuclear-supply-chain-conference/download-brochure.shtml

For general conference information please visit http://www.nuclearenergyinsider.com/nsc

Tommy Angell
Head of Emerging Markets
Nuclear Energy Insider

Tel: 0044 (0) 207 375 7176
Email: tangell(at)eyeforenergy(dot)com

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