Decommissioning Planning ‘Top 10’ Lessons Learned and Recommendations (Part 1)

This 3-part series will explore a list of the ‘Top 10’ lessons learned including the typical situation, importance, impacts(s), different perspectives (contractor, owner, and stakeholder), along with recommendations for each of the ‘Top 10’ lessons learned in decommissioning planning. After all, planning is the earliest and best opportunity to positively influence scope definition, safety, cost, and schedule.

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Knowledge Management From Design, Operation Throughout the Decommissioning Phases

Given the long timescales of active decommissioning projects (many decades), the preservation of information and its transfer to future generations is a fundamental element of this industry. But adding on the long time periods given to the siting, planning, construction and operation of a nuclear facility before shutdown (when most records relevant to future decommissioning are generated) the overall time span encompassing knowledge management for decommissioning purposes easily exceeds 100 years

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International Collaboration Framework for Japanese BWR Decommissioning Established

(Hitachi-GE has signed agreements with Cavendish Nuclear in the UK and AREVA in France, with respect to Boiling Water Reactor Decommissioning in Japan. Hitachi-GE will take preparatory steps towards decommissioning for domestic BWR, fully reflected by past international experience of both companies.

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Early & Detailed Decommissioning Project Planning Charts the Course for Success

As a facility nears the end of its useful and productive life, options for the facility’s lifecycle are evaluated. If it is no longer to be used or upgraded then it may be sold, or in most cases, deactivation and decommissioning begin. Planning is what ultimately sets the trajectory of a project directly towards safe and successful completion or down a tumultuous road of risks, changes, and challenges.

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