PALO ALTO, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2014) -- The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) announced today that the China National Nuclear Power Company, Ltd. (CNNP) has joined two of EPRI’s nuclear-related research programs. The China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), China’s largest nuclear power conglomerate, is the primary shareholder in CNNP.
The participation will provide CNNP with access to EPRI research results and technical guidance that can inform the safe, cost-effective operation of CNNP’s nuclear fleet.
The two EPRI research programs that CNNP is joining are:
- Nuclear Maintenance Application Center (NAMC): This program develops technologies, systems, and guides to drive improvements in nuclear plant maintenance activities. Examples include preventive maintenance technologies, new seal designs, and electronic work packages. The recommendations and practices captured in the program’s technical guides, user groups, and workshops reflect engineering judgment gathered from global nuclear plant experience, and can lead to improved safety, lower costs, and higher reliability.
- Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE): This program develops technologies and procedures to quickly, accurately, and cost-effectively inspect and characterize nuclear component condition and inform strategic decisions on whether and when to replace, repair, or continue operation. EPRI also maintains a formal qualification program for nondestructive evaluation procedures and personnel that CNNP can employ to support high-quality construction at its new nuclear plants.
CNNP operates 9 commercial nuclear units with a combined capacity of nearly 6,506 MW, and has more than 12 units under construction. The agreement also covers CNNP’s key affiliates in the operation of nuclear power plants.
“EPRI has been a pioneer in the research and development of power generation and use, and its technical products support utilities around the world,” said Chen Hua, CNNP President. “Participation in NMAC and NDE programs will support the peaceful use of nuclear energy across our entire nuclear plant fleet. We will encourage our engineers to fully understand and use EPRI’s technical documents as well as to join the research work conducted by EPRI. CNNP’s participation in EPRI will enhance our mutual understanding, and I’m convinced that CNNP will expand its engagement with EPRI soon to become a full member in all of its nuclear research programs.”
“China already operates a sizable nuclear fleet, and likely will become the largest nuclear generator in a decade or so,” said Neil Wilmshurst, EPRI’s chief nuclear officer. “Its engagement with EPRI reflects a promising commitment to the open exchange of information across the global nuclear community. We look forward to gathering information from CNNP’s nuclear plant experience and incorporating it into our broader collaborative research efforts.”
The CNNP agreement builds on EPRI’s growing engagement with the Chinese commercial nuclear industry. Earlier this year, EPRI signed agreements with China General Nuclear Power Corporation and the Shanghai Nuclear Engineering and Design Institute.
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, health, safety and the environment. EPRI's members represent more than 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to 40 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.
China National Nuclear Power Co., Ltd. (CNNP), founded in 2008 with China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) as its holding shareholder, is based in China. The business scope of CNNP covers the development, investment, construction, operations and management of nuclear power projects, technical research in the safe operation of nuclear power plants, and the related technical and consultancy services. CNNP has established a sound personnel training system, comprising a team of nearly 8700 employees highly qualified in nuclear power project management, plant operations and business management. CNNC is mainly engaged in scientific research and development, design and construction, production and operation in various fields such as nuclear power, nuclear electricity generation, nuclear fuels and nuclear technology application, as well as international economic cooperation and import and export businesses.