The deadline for interested participants to submit synopses for a presentation at the fifth International Conference on Nuclear Power Plant Life Management, to be held in Vienna, Austria from 28 November to 2 December 2022, has been extended to 1 August 2022.
Even though the life of a nuclear power plant is typically 30-40 years, the operational lifetime of many plants is extended following a comprehensive review. In most Member States, the task of ageing management is assigned to an engineering discipline called plant life management. Plant life management can be defined as the integration of ageing and economic planning for the purpose of maintaining a high level of safety and optimizing plant performance by addressing extended life ageing issues, maintenance prioritization, periodic safety reviews, education and training.
Preserving and where appropriate, prolonging the reliable, emission-free operation of NPPs in service today, is the low cost, near-term option to help many Member States achieve energy security and environmental sustainability objectives, says Ed Bradley, Team Leader for NPP Operation and Engineering Support at the IAEA's Department of Nuclear Energy.
The conference aims to provide a forum for information exchange on national and international practices as well as regulatory approaches related to plant life management for long-term operation, considering the sustainability, safety and efficiency of nuclear power plants.
Topics to be covered during the conferences six main technical sessions will include:
Approaches to plant life management
Economics of plant life management
Aging management and preparation of long-term operation
Configuration and modification management for safety enhancement and improved reliability
Stakeholder engagement, human factors and managerial aspects
Regulatory approaches to aging management and long-term operation
The conference will include panel discussions on the topics of the technical sessions and a discussion with high level technical experts on the current challenges for the long-term operation of NPPs.
Those wishing to present at the conference either orally or in the form of a poster must submit a 500-600 word synopsis through the conferences digital file submission system (IAEA-INDICO) and register online using the InTouch+ platform. The deadline for synopsis submission and online registration is 1 August 2022.