KEEPING NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS UP-TO-DATE while EXTENDING THEIR OPERATIONAL LIFETIME
80 percent of the over 400 reactors currently in service are more than 20 years old, with half of those over 30 years old. Many plants are undergoing preparations for lifetime extension. Various factors, including ever more economical plant operation, obsolescence and tightened regulatory requirements have led to challenging modernization efforts.
AREVA is in a position to take these modernization requirements in its stride. Proven company know-how regarding the modernization and lifetime extension of nuclear power plants (NPPs) is critical for bringing facilities worldwide into the present day and beyond. Our experience covers not only efficiency improvements, retrofits and upgrades of boiling water reactors (BWRs) and pressurized water reactors (PWRs) worldwide, but also complex modernization projects in VVER and CANDU plants.
There is no doubt that changing safety regulations are presenting a fresh set of challenges to NPP operators. One of the main aims of our Safety Systems, Seismic Retrofit Solutions and Safety-related Analyses is to offer ways in which these regulations can be met.
Alongside satisfying current safety standards, AREVA’s technology, engineering and studies also provide the opportunity for NPP operators to make efficiency gains.
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