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    Nuclear Reactors Across the Globe Getting New Lease of Life, With US Leading the Way

  • Apr 23, 2012

    The US is leading the way in nuclear plant life extension and upgrades, according to a new report by energy intelligence company GlobalData.

    The new report* suggests that the growing demand for electricity, increasing safety margins and attempts to avoid the costs associated with new builds are driving the way in which power plants are maintained.

    Plant Life Extension (PLEX) and Plant Life Management (PLIM) are vital issues for ensuring the extended operational life for Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs). PLEX is a process in which the original design life of the NPP is extended, and many countries, including the US, Canada and France, are adopting plant life extension as an economical method to meet the growing need for electricity and avoid investment in the construction of new installations. PLIM, on the other hand, helps to optimize a plant’s operating life and maximize its value, managing the life of a plant in a safe and economic way.

    The growing global demand for power is one of the main contributing factors for the increasing importance of PLEX. During 2000 to 2010, electricity consumption grew at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3.5%, from 13,044,433 gigawatt hours (GWh) to 18,454,883 GWh. Consumption for 2012 to 2020 is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4%, increasing from 20,114,049 GWh to 27,496,560 GWh.

    To operate safely beyond their original design life, NPPs must undergo maintenance, engineering updates and refurbishment, but the capital cost for building new nuclear plants is still considerably higher than extending their operational life. In turn, the capital cost of plant life management for a long-term operation is lower in comparison to investment in replacement capacity. However, some additional investment in plant modifications, such as power upgrading and safety improvements, may be needed.

    North America is the largest market for PLEX, valued at $42,698m, with the US holding a majority market value of $33,656m. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in the US has approved license renewals for around 71 reactors, with 15 currently under review and a further 17 more license applications expected in the forecast period.

    In Europe, the major PLEX markets are France, the UK, Russia and the Ukraine, with respective market values of $10,044m, $1,870, $1,784m and $1,728m. Numerous extensions were planned in Europe; however, as a result of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, some countries are now phasing out nuclear power from their energy mix.

    *Plant Life Extension (PLEX) and Plant Life Management (PLIM) for Nuclear Reactors - Global Landscape Analysis to 2020

  • Industry News

    The Government of Canada continues to strive to be a global leader in clean technology by positioning Canada at the leading edge of a changing economy and ensuring that Canadians are able to access the jobs of the future.

    Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. has begun commercial operation of the 81.4 MW Upper Lillooet River run-of-river hydroelectric facility located in British Columbia. Innergex owns a 66.7% interest in the hydro facility and Ledcor Power Group Ltd. owns the remaining 33.3%.

  • Keeping Current

    ONTARIO ENERGY NETWORK (OEN) Chair, Grant Buchanan, announces that John Loucks will join the Association in the role of the new President of the OEN, effective April 1, 2017. After a period of transition, John will also assume the title of CEO of the Association.

    John has more than 30 years in the energy sector, beginning his career in engineering, conservation and technical service positions, first at the City of Calgary (now ENMAX) and then at Brampton Hydro. Loucks joined Napanee Public Utilities Commission as CEO (General Manager), then assumed the same position with Nanticoke Hydro-Electric Commission. Following that, John joined Brantford Power as Chief Operating Officer.

    HUBBELL CANADA Director of Sales and Marketing, HLI (Hubbell Lighting Inc.), Rick Blasl, announces the appointment of Dave Edgson as National Account and Controls Manager, HLI. With more than 19 years of experience in the Lighting and Controls industry, Dave will be responsible for developing and executing business strategies across Canada to drive sales in the Hubbell Canada – HLI Division. Dave can be reached at 416.570.5121 or e-mail dedgson@hubbell-canada.com.

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    STELPRO announced the appointment of Christopher Balleine as Sales Representative, Maritimes, responsible for the province of Nova Scotia, effective March 20, 2017. Christopher will assume his new role under the immediate supervision of John-Daniel Chabot, Director, Sales – Electrical – ATL./ONT./WEST.

    "Chris has been with Stelpro for 5 years working in the Customer Service Department," said John-Daniel. "He handled multiple tasks within the department allowing him to be involved in many different facets of the business. We are confident that Chris will prove to be a valuable member of our sales force."

    Teaming up with Jeffrey Balleine, a sales representative in the Maritimes, the two will give STELPRO a stronger presence in the market and help the company continue to grow.

  • Product Showcase

    Greenlee Textron Inc., a Textron Inc.(NYSE: TXT) company, introduces a new line of Next Generation tool bags. The innovative Next Generation bags are engineered to reduce strain on the user and withstand wear and tear. In addition, the two back packs allow for customization with a personalized name patch.

    Hilti’s expanded cordless portfolio of solutions and services just got a major upgrade with the introduction of the new Hilti 22 V CPC Li-ion Batteries — the first and only backwards compatible battery technology in the industry. Hilti is also introducing several new 22 V tools that harness the performance, reliability, productivity and efficiency of these new batteries, including the Cordless Hammer Drill/Driver SF 6H-A22 ATC, Cordless Impact Driver SID 4-A22, Cordless Drill/Driver SF 10W-A22 ATC and Radio Charger RC 4/36.

    CBS ArcSafe®, a leading manufacturer of remote racking and switching solutions for low- and medium-voltage switchgear, introduces the SecureConnect™ Remote Operator for Allen-Bradley® CENTERLINE® 2100 Motor Control Centers (MCCs) equipped with SecureConnect, allowing technicians to operate the SecureConnect safety system from up to 300 feet away, well outside the arc-flash boundary.

    Weidmuller announces that its “u-remote” distributed I/O platform meets the requirements for use in the demanding maritime and offshore sectors. u-remote has received certification from several classification agencies including DNV GL (formerly Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd), BV (Bureau Veritas), LR (Lloyds Register), and RINA (Registro Italiano Navale). This certification applies to most areas on a ship, including the ship’s bridge. Weidmuller’s u-remote offers the ability to improve the reliability and efficiency of ship and offshore automation applications.

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