RVA to assess liabilities at BE's plants

18 May 2009

Specialist engineering consultancy RVA Group is supporting British Energy in its periodic reassessment of the assets and liabilities of its nuclear power plants.

British Energy, now part of French giant EDF Energy, is working to review, develop and optimise existing plans on its stations in a Nuclear Liabilities Review Project, with the results to be submitted to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in 2011.

UK-based RVA has been appointed to assess a range of structures within the ‘non-controlled’ areas of stations at Hartlepool, Heysham 1, Heysham 2 and Dungeness B. The team of five specialist consultants is providing a range of knowledge and services including demolition engineering, estimating and work breakdown structure (WBS) compilation. The complex four-month assignment to build up decommissioning profiles for turbine halls, CW pump houses, and ancillary and administration buildings began in February.

RVA’s reports, to be submitted in June, will detail how, in what sequence and over what period of time the structures might be demolished, together with estimates of the resources required, protocols for disposal of scrap building materials and the costs involved for each structure.

The information will then be used to form schedules that will aid planning, programming and liability estimation for future decommissioning and associated clean-up work.

RVA, which also specialises in construction design management (CDM) coordination, carried out similar asset and liability assessments for BE in 2005.


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