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Salt Lake City, USA 2012

Third International Conference on NPP Life Management (PLIM) for Long Term Operations (LTO), 14-18 May

OSART missionThe world’s fleet of nuclear power plants is, on average, more than 20 years old. Even though the design life of a nuclear power plant is typically 30–40 years, many plants will operate in excess of their design lives, provided that nuclear power plant engineers demonstrate by analysis, equipment and system upgrades, increased vigilance, testing and ageing management that the plant will operate safely. In the operation of nuclear power plants, safety should always be the prime consideration. Plant operators and regulators must always ensure that plant safety is maintained and, where possible, enhanced during its operating lifetime.

Nuclear power plant life management (PLiM) has gained increased attention over the past decade, and effective ageing management of systems, structures and components (SSCs) is a key element in PLiM for the safe and reliable long term operation of nuclear power plants. A PLiM programme is an effective tool that allows an operator to safely and cost effectively manage ageing effects in SSCs for long term operation (LTO). A PLiM programme helps facilitate decisions concerning when and how to repair, replace or modify SSCs in an economically optimized way, while assuring that a high level of safety is maintained. The option for extended nuclear power plant operation has been recognized by operators and regulators alike, as evidenced in the number of licence renewal programmes that are being developed by Member States.

The objectives of the third international conference on PLiM are to:

  • Emphasize the role of PLiM programmes in assuring safe and reliable nuclear power plant operation
  • Provide a forum for information exchange on national and international policies, regulatory practices and safety culture and to demonstrate strategies, including application in an ageing management and PLiM programme
  • Provide key elements and good practices related to the safety aspects of ageing, ageing management and long term operation
  • Identify the economic impacts of PLiM programmes and methodologies for their evaluation
  • Help Member States further develop their PLiM programmes taking advantage of the latest available technology.

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