How Suppliers Can
Help Deliver the
BY MICHAEL P. MCMAHON
Watts Bar Nuclear Plant is on 1,700 acres on the northern
end of the Chickamauga Reservoir near Spring City, in East
Tennessee. Each unit produces about 1,150 megawatts of
electricity—enough to service 650,000 homes—without
creating any carbon emissions.
more information about how the initiative works. While it was an important
gesture, suppliers cannot wait for nuclear
utilities to engage them. A proactive approach to helping to deliver the nuclear
promise is needed. Here are some initiatives that industry suppliers can take.
NEI has set-up a mechanism for
suppliers to participate in the nuclear
promise initiative by submitting improvement opportunity ideas. This is
the most obvious way for suppliers to
help and they should take advantage of
it early and often. That’s because they
are in a unique position to make recommendations. Suppliers often work
at multiple sites and with multiple utility companies from across the industry.
Many suppliers have been in the industry for decades and have seen what
works and what doesn’t work when it
comes to efficiently managing projects.
Suppliers must leverage their experiences and identify new ways to bring
value to nuclear plant operations by
passing on what they have learned and
making sure best practices are incorporated into all of the projects they work
on. This, accompanied with a detailed,
well-executed change management
plan is critical to success.
The Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) “Delivering the Nuclear Prom- ise” initiative was launched in December 2015 with the goal of in- creasing efficiency across the nuclear industry in order to ensure its long-term viability. With more than a year of evidence, it’s clear the initiative is working. According to a February speech from NEI Pres-
ident Maria Korsnick, the program’s efforts identified $650 million in potential
savings that could be realized through new programs and processes in 2016. Additionally, people from across the industry collaborated to produce 46 efficiency
bulletins which outline efficiency improvements across all aspects of nuclear plant
operations. Korsnick said that 95 percent of those recommendations are being implemented across the industry.
As encouraging as the program has been, there is still significant work left to do.
Engaging suppliers will be crucial to the initiative’s ultimate success. Last June, as
part of an effort to reach out, industry leaders met with a group of suppliers to provide
Michael McMahon is President of
Day & Zimmermann’s Engineering,
Construction and Maintenance Group, a
provider of total plant lifecycle solutions
for the power, process, and industrial