Nuclear Energy Agency
Workshop on "Plant Life Management in a Changing Business World" was
held in Washington, DC, on 26-27 June. The meeting, hosted by the USDOE, was
attended by some 50 participants from 12 Member countries, the International
Energy Agency (IEA) and the European Commission (EC). After an opening plenary
session, three working groups discussed issues related to technology, regulation
and business. Their main findings were presented and discussed at the final
- Key issues raised by
the technology working group included: reliability-centred maintenance versus
time-based maintenance; power up-rating and higher fuel burnup aiming at enhanced
competitiveness; and the need to maintain adequate skills and knowledge.
- The regulation working
group highlighted the need for international standards and improved co-operation
between safety and economic regulators.
- In the business working
group, concerns were raised on consistency and harmonisation of regulation
in competitive markets, external costs of nuclear energy versus alternative
sources, public acceptance and assessment of financial assets.
of the meeting, including a summary of discussions and findings, will be published
by the NEA in the fall.