Regulatory Oversight of Manufacturing, Procurement & Installation for the Construction Phase of a NPP, Canada, (Deadline: 9 November 2009)

28 September 2009

The contractor is required to collect and assess the data needed to support CNSC staff in the development of assessment and review guidance and strategy documents for the construction phase of the three main nuclear power plant designs.

CONTACT

Name: Daniel R Pilon

Address: 280 Slater Street, P.O. Box 1046, Station B, Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1P 5S9

Phone: (613) 990-3333

Fax: (613) 995-5086

Email: daniel.pilon@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca

Website: http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/

DETAILS

Reference Number 183188

Solicitation Number 87055-09-0589

Organization Name CANADIAN NUCLEAR SAFETY COMMISSION COMMISSION

Deadline: 2009-11-09 03:00 PM Eastern Standard Time EST

Estimated Value: $100,001 - $250,000

During the construction phase for a new Nuclear Power Plant, technical reviews by CNSC staff of the manufacturing processes, procurement and installation will verify compliance and assess their acceptability with the applicable design, fabrication and installation codes and standards concerning the quality management/assurance program, structural integrity (including pressure-retaining components and civil structures) and fire protection.

To accomplish these tasks, benchmarking of current construction practices, good and bad, are required taking into consideration international experience for the new reactor technologies under consideration (AECL - ACR1000, Westinghouse - AP1000, U.S. version of European Pressurized Reactor - EPR), known issues and regulatory best practices.

This data is required to support a design review guide, construction review guides and construction compliance strategy to be created by CNSC staff and provided to the general public, the Commission and licensee/applicant.

Scope of Work

The contractor is required to collect and assess the data needed to support CNSC staff in the development of assessment and review guidance and strategy documents for the construction phase of the three main nuclear power plant designs. The contractor should focus on risk-significant issues concerning international experience with the new reactor technologies under construction; such as:

i) known manufacturing processes, procurement and installation issues, good and bad,

ii) current experience, capabilities and track records of large component manufacturers;

iii) use of construction contractors; and,

iv) regulatory best practices.

The contractor will be required to identify the acceptance criteria and review guidance for risk -significant equipment, manufacturing processes, and installation practices used by other regulators. Where there are differences amongst the different regulators, the contractor will provide the pros and cons of each approach and make recommendations on the best approach. The recommendations should be based on best practices associated with the regulatory oversight of construction activities for new NPP. The recommendations should provide sufficient technical direction and acceptance criteria to ensure that the construction activities for the proposed NPP comply with the applicable safety objectives, safety principles and safety criteria set forth in the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA) and associated regulations for the life cycle of the NPP (design, construction, commissioning, operation and decommissioning). The recommendations developed under this contract will be used by CNSC staff to generate regulatory construction review guidelines and compliance strategies (outside the scope of this contract).

While developing the recommendations the contractor is to include quality management/quality assurance based on a comprehensive study of the regulatory oversight programs of other nuclear regulators for ensuring quality.


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