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Shanghai, China 2007

Second International Symposium on Nuclear Power Plant Life Management, 15-18 October

The median age of nuclear power plants (NPPs) connected to the grid worldwide is increasing. Out of a total of 442 power reactors operating in the world, approximately 90 have been in operation for more than 30 years and two-thirds for 20 to 30 years, while a rather limited number of new plants are being put into operation. In view of this trend, IAEA Member States give high priority to continuing the operation of NPPs beyond the time frame originally anticipated (e.g. 30 or 40 years) as an alternative to decommissioning. Long term operation (LTO) is defined as nuclear power plant operation beyond an established time frame originally set forth by the licence term, design limits, standards or regulations. Maintaining nuclear power plant safety during long term operation is a very important issue for the IAEA and its Member States.

The Second International Symposium on Nuclear Power Plant Life Management is jointly organized by the Department of Nuclear Energy and the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security of the IAEA. The objective of this symposium is to emphasize the role of plant life management (PLiM) programmes in assuring safe and reliable nuclear power plant operation.

More than 170 papers have been submitted, approximately 85 of which will be orally presented, with 60 to be presented during the poster session. We, the Division of Nuclear Installation Safety, believe the symposium could provide a very good opportunity to exchange information on safety aspects of long term operation. Member State participation is very welcome.

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