New Build Licensing Conference


Programme subject to change.

Monday, 20 April 2015
09:30 - 10:30Registration
(coffee and tea will be served)
Introductory/Keynote Session
10:30 - 11:00Setting the scene: Standardisation of reactors and components and harmonisation of regulatory approaches in licensing and regulation
Christian Raetzke, CONLAR
11:00 - 11:30Keynote Speech
Dana Drábová, SÚJB
11:30 - 12:00Keynote Speech
Iva Kubáňová, ČEZ
12:00 - 13:30Lunch Break
(Please kindly note that Lunch will NOT be provided)
Session 1: International cooperation in licensing
This session will look at the progress being made by MDEP and CORDEL and explore future opportunities
13:30 - 13:45Opportunities and limits of enhanced cooperation and standardisation from MDEP experience
Lennart Carlsson, MDEP, Steering Committee Chairman
13:45 - 14:00Benefits of achieving International Standardized Licensing
Jerald Head, GE – Chairman CORDEL
14:00 - 14:15How can we achieve that a NOAK (nth-of-a-kind) plant to be built for the first time in a given country still reaps the benefits of a NOAK instead of becoming a FOAK (first-of-a-kind) because it has to be adapted to this country’s specific requirements and regulations?
Francoise De Bois, AREVA
14:15 - 15:00Panel Discussion - Moderator/Chairman: Geoffrey Jones, IAEA
15:00 - 15:30Coffee Break
(coffee and tea will be served)
Session 2 Part 1: Overall design of licensing processes (technical issues)
The process of issuing a license requires taking full account of the necessity to fully review and demonstrate nuclear safety and to have the public participate. This session in part looks at how this can be achieved with predictability and certainty in order to attain better efficiency and effectiveness
15:30 - 15:45How pre-licensing processes are helping deliver New Nuclear Build?
Kefah Naom, AMEC
15:45 - 16:00The merits of having a ‘binding’ political decision on a nuclear power programme before going into the licensing process
Beata Sparażyńska, Ministry of Economy, POLAND
16:00 - 16:15Licensing Application Strategies which Support Robust Regulatory Review and Additional Flexibility to Benefit all Stakeholders
Donald R. Hoffman, EXCEL
16:15 - 17:00Panel Discussion - Moderator/Chairman: Radomír Řeháček, ALVEL
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Session 2 Part 2: Overall design of licensing processes (legal issues)
This session will reflect on the licensing risk in the contractual arrangements
09:00 - 09:15International safety and licensing matters: a view from the OECD/NEA
Ximena Vasquez, OECD/NEA
09:15 - 09:30Licensing issues in new build consortia arrangements: aligning milestones and attracting investment
Vanessa Jakovich, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
09:30 - 10:00Two views on managing licensing risk in construction contracts: lessons from mature and emerging markets
Jane Davies Evans, Crown Office Chambers, UK
Vincent C. Zabielski, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
10:00 - 10:15The role of administrative hearings and appeals in the licensing process: examples in US new reactor licensing
Kimberley Sexton, OECD/NEA – ex USNRC
10:15 - 10:45Panel Discussion - Moderator/Chairman: Christian Lawerentz, NUKEM Investments GmbH, Chairman of WNA Law Group
10:45 - 11:15Coffee Break
(coffee and tea will be served)
11:15 - 12:45High Level Session: The Future of Licensing
The nuclear industry believes that along with standardization of licensing processes, the predictability and stability of a regulatory system is critical in making the decision to go forward with a new build programme. A key concept of regulators is that national regulators retain sovereign authority for all licensing and regulatory decisions; cooperation can leverage resources and help make more informed decisions. In this session, industry leaders and senior regulators will discuss the way forward. Confirmed Panellists: B. Fewell (Exelon Generation), D. Hoffman (Excel), J.C. Niel (ASN), P. Tiippana (STUK), G. Holahan (US NRC)
Moderator: Paul Bowden, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
12:45 - 14:00Lunch Break
(Please kindly note that Lunch will NOT be provided)
Session 3: Design Development
With the advent of new comer countries entering the new build along with the potential to market new designs (i.e., Generation 3+ and 4, Small Modular Reactors, etc.) it is important to understand how complete (or incomplete) the design may be. This session will also look at changes (major or minor) that occur during the licensing process.
14:00 - 14:15Opportunities for Continuous Improvement and Research in the Design Process
Speaker: Matt O’Connor, EPRI
14:15 - 14:30Going into licensing with a fully completed design – advantages and limits (e.g. schedule constraints)
Donna Williams, US NRC
14:30 - 14:45Managing design change during licensing
Steve Vaslet, EDF Energy
14:45 - 15:30Panel Discussion - Moderator/Chairman: Michel Debes, EDF
15:30 - 16:00Coffee Break
(coffee and tea will be served)
Session 4: Procurement, documentation, supply chain, manufacturing oversight
With the current efforts on new build along with maintaining existing operational plants the nuclear supply chain is also evolving both internationally and locally. This session looks at what needs to be done to assure the quality assurance of products being used in nuclear power plants
16:00 - 16:15Can we identify specific types of regulatory approaches – e.g. level of regulator’s involvement - to procurement, documentation, supply chain, manufacturing and construction oversight?
Janne Nevalainen, OECD/NEA - WGRNR Chairman
16:15 - 16:30Role of the regulator, the operator, the supplier and TSO regarding design and manufacturing documentation – identification of best practice
Iva Kubáňová, ČEZ
16:30 - 16:45Regulatory approaches to maximise results in performing vendor inspections
Richard Rasmussen, USNRC - MDEP VICWG
16:45 - 17:00Ensuring quality going down the supply chain (including vendor qualification): what is the role of operators, vendors and regulators?
Dae Hee Lee, KEPCO
17:00 - 17:45Panel Discussion - Moderator/Chairman: Jerald Head, GE – Chairman CORDEL
17:45 - 18:15Final Session - Conclusion - Way forward