At Westinghouse, we understand that the cornerstone of long-term operations is collaboration. Collaboration is a necessity for the survival of our industry and enhances our ability to provide new innovative solutions.
For decades, we’ve been collaborating with top-tier industry groups like the Nuclear Energy Institute, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, the Electric Power Research Institute, Idaho National Laboratory, the PWR Owners Group, and more to address critical issues - such as post-Fukushima regulatory and security requirements - as cost-effectively as possible.
In addition, Westinghouse led the formation of a collaborative industry program to develop the basis for extending in-service inspection requirements of reactor vessel welds, safely extending the current 10-year interval to 20 years. The increased inspection intervals save an average of $1 million to $2 million per inspection in maintenance cost, and the common program framework reduces the cost of plant-specific analysis.
Westinghouse recently hosted more than 20 industry stakeholders from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and U.S. utilities for strategic meetings that included training on key issues to address technical concerns for life beyond 60 years of operation. The objective of this two-day meeting was to foster collaboration, identify gaps and seek to establish standards that will help improve the draft Generic Aging Lessons Learned (GALL-SLR / NUREG 2191) guidance document currently under development by the NRC.
We know that collaboration means listening. Through decades of experience working with customers like you, we’ve gained the practical knowledge and expertise to address our industry’s most pressing issues.
Westinghouse is actively listening to our industry partners and customers, through our “Voice of the Customer” and “Innovation Advisory Board” initiatives, to create life extension solutions that reduce cost and increase performance.
Every customer interaction helps us gain insights to sharpen our focus and improve on our delivery. Sharing our global experiences allows us to collectively visualize a better future for our industry.
At Westinghouse, we’re eager to collaborate with your team to develop and implement a strategy for safe, efficient, cost-effective, long-term operations solutions. We are your partner for the long run.
For more information contact John Fownes, Westinghouse Long-Term Operation Business Development manager, at +1 412-374-4509.
During recent meetings focused on long-term plant operations, more than 20 industry stakeholders from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and U.S. utilities had the opportunity to tour the AP1000® plant control room simulator at the Westinghouse headquarters building in Cranberry Township, Penn., USA.