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NFC and NPP lifecycle management

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The goal of NFC and LPP LC management projects is to support the achievement of the strategic goals of ROSATOM through an approach that ensures decision-making based on the assessment of revenues and expenditures over the total lifecycle and under NFC and NPP lifecycle project management, as well as through the organising interactions of all NFC and NPP LC participants.

Fig. Model of total cost of ownership management of means of production over the NPP and NFC facility lifecycle

Principle: Reduction of the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the equipment (subsystems of the facility) and facility as a whole;
Tool: The system of decision-making for raising competitiveness of facilities (increase in capacity factor, shortening of construction time, growth of sale costs, improvement of reliability and safety);
Effect: An increase in company value owing to the reduction of TCO and growth of competitiveness.

Fig. Model of total cost of ownership management of means of production over the NPP and NFC facility lifecycle

In 2013, the following was necessary to launch the Lifecycle Management System (LMS):

  • to identify main activity areas;
  • to determine selection criteria of pilot projects for LMS implementation;
  • to define goals, objectives, requirements for results and implementation timeframes of the pilot projects;
  • to generate proposals on the system for the management of the LMS approaches implementation;
  • to generate proposals of IT solutions in support and ensuring a project implementation.

The pilot projects were selected basing on principles of maximum preparedness, topicality, potential economic efficiency and possibility of duplication (introduction in the decision-making system and organisation of information interaction). The technological and economic frameworks of the pilot projects were worked out: product lifecycle management (PLM) and minimisation of the total cost of ownership (ТСО).

Implementation of the LMS of projects is based on an analysis of real-world experience proceeding from identified “breaks” with the existing organisational and business models and from the necessity of adjustment of the existing rules and procedures, creating an incentive system, setting requirements for altering the system of interaction of divisions and functions of the Corporation, building up competences and dissemination of the pilot project results.

Main results of 2013

Results of implementation of the following pilot projects were approved:

  • Pilot Project No. 1 “Equipment TCO management. Introduction of RCP 1753 and implementation of its supply, installation and maintenance contract for Kursk NPP II”;
  • Pilot Project No. 2 “Optimisation of VVER fuel TCO” as two sub-projects:
    • “Justification of the optimal isotopics, fuel cycles and burnup of VVER NF”;
    • “Justification of the use of REMIX fuel in VVERs”;
  • Pilot Project No. 3 “Selection of NPP subsystems to improve competitiveness through the use of cost management tools over the NPP lifecycle”.

In the framework of the IT programme for implementation of the lifecycle management system in the nuclear industry, a decision was made to establish a NPP lifecycle information support competence centre in a nuclear industry entity.

Plans of NFC and NPP LC management for 2014 and on the mid-term horizon:

  • completion in 2014 of Pilot Project No. 2 “Optimisation of VVER fuel TCO”: an assessment of options for the utilisation of SNF recycling products in nuclear generation at thermal neutron plants, integration of the nuclear fuel cost management model in the NPP dynamic cost model;
  • completion of formulation of the dynamic cost model of nuclear power plants, which allows the evaluation of the total cost of ownership of NPP, operation cycle performance parameters depending on electricity rate, and financing costs;
  • finalisation and scaling over the sector of the decision-making logic using the assessment of the total cost of ownership and specific costs per unit of product in the total lifecycle.

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