The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released a new commissioning guideline for new nuclear power plant’s (or system’s) structures or components (SSC) within an existing nuclear facility.
Released under the IAEA Nuclear Energy series, Commissioning Guidelines for Nuclear Power Plants aims to help the member states in understanding the importance of the nuclear power plant owner or operator in the commissioning process and the requirements for a competent and highly skilled workforce.
The new publication will also benefit countries that are set to embark on a new nuclear power programme and those with existing programmes.
IAEA Nuclear Power Engineering Section official Ki-Sig Kang said: “Nuclear power plant construction schedules including commissioning, from the first pouring of structural concrete to grid connection, can range from less than five years to longer than ten years.
“Commissioning is critical to achieving a short and predictable construction duration.”
Kang added: “This publication will be of use to all stakeholders involved in the commissioning of nuclear power plants, including owners and operators, contractors, engineers, regulatory bodies and vendors.”
The publication outlines the commissioning process specific to nuclear power plants, the relevant management system requirements, typical organisational models and critical human resources issues.
Additionally, the publication addresses the safety aspects as well as principles related to the management, organisation and implementation of commissioning.