London (PRWEB) May 09, 2011
Attendees from 14+ US utilities have already signed up to attend this year’s conference to discuss current regulatory, licensing and technical challenges surrounding power uprates to master project execution.
With experts from the Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission also involved with the meeting and showing their support for the industry’s nuclear uprate strategy, the meeting promises to be an unmissable conference for all senior level executives involved in power uprate approaches.
Judy Sneeden (GE Hitachi) spoke to the conference organisers about the importance of power uprates for the nuclear industry. “GE Hitachi views the landscape as positive for uprate over this period. As the EPUs are completed for US plants over this time period, consideration will shift to a cost/benefit analysis by the plants to determine whether additional uprates will be undertaken.”
Florida Power & Light and Practicing Perfection Institute, Inc. have also confirmed that they will run a specialist workshop at the meeting looking at worker performance during outages and power uprates. Russ Merle (Manager EPU at FPL) will provide insight into the results that were achieved during three recent outages at Point Beach, St Lucie and Turkey Point and how worker performance has been improved working alongside Tim Autrey and Rey Gonzales at Practicing Perfection Institute, Inc.
The conference exhibition area is close to sell out and the delegate space is close to capacity, with the event organiser (Nuclear Energy Insider) having to double the conference space to accommodate for the huge demand.
Dean Murphy from Nuclear Energy Insider stated “This conference has a real appeal to the industry at the moment. With increased power generation being sought by utilities, power uprates are seen as a ‘low hanging fruit’ that allows for owners to increase capacity without spending the huge sums of money associated with new build projects. Due to the huge demand for this year’s meeting we have had to increase the size of the conference room to allow space for the 250+ expected attendees”.
For more information on the 2nd Annual Nuclear Power Uprate Conference which is taking place in Charlotte North Carolina on the 16-17 June visit http://www.nuclearenergyinsider.com/uprate