Pushing back the boundaries

26 September 2001

Pushing back the boundaries of plant operation, be it by extending the life of a plant, or by increasing the output available from a plant, or by enabling a plant to be operated more efficiently, is a crucial element for operators. With many reactors now starting to come towards the end of their licence period, the question of whether to apply for a licence extension is now upon operators.

Nuclear Engineering International is organising the latest in its series of PLIM + PLEX (plant life management and plant licence extension) conferences to take place on 28-30 November, 2001, in London. This is a regular and popular conference that always attracts a wide range of excellent speakers.

As many countries assess the problem of meeting future energy requirements with minimal effect on future generations, the effective management of existing nuclear plants plays an essential part in addressing current needs. Indeed, there is much talk of a nuclear renaissance at the moment, but this can only take place if the industry proves that it can manage present facilities safely, cost-effectively and with as little impact as possible on the environment.

Effective plant life management is at the heart of this effort, and is crucial to the present and future viability of the nuclear option. Moreover, nuclear plant life is a key determinant of profitability. Delegates at previous PLIM+PLEX meetings will confirm they are an invaluable experience – why else would so many keep returning? Soon after PLEX ’99 the first licence renewals in the USA were approved. To date, six units have received licence extensions and a further 14 have been submitted. Many more are to follow. PLEX ’01 will build on the foundation laid by a decade of meetings, and re-evaluate the outlook for the industry in the light of the progress made over these years.

Speakers from all around the globe will be at PLIM+PLEX to exchange ideas and experience on the full range of issues across all reactor types. There has never been a better time in the history of the industry to join them.

For a programme or further information, please contact Julie Rossiter.

Email: jrossiter@wilmington.co.uk Fax: +44 20 8269 7874

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