Safety and Competitiveness

Stricker, Laurent
January 2003
Nuclear Plant Journal;Jan/Feb2003, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p23
Trade Publication
Now that the nuclear generation industry is competing in the open market, many of us speak about potential conflicts between nuclear safety and cost reduction. This article describes EDF's current situation and point of view in this regard. To ensure sustainable nuclear power plant operations, competitiveness and excellence in safety are the two key conditions. A "cost-killing" approach can be used to achieve short-term profits in areas that do not affect nuclear safety such as improved reactor performance, improved fuel burn-up or outage scheduling. The quality-based management approach is the driving force behind overall performance, from nuclear safety, radiation protection and environment to generation costs. In the long term, plant life extension is also an efficient way to make money. The independent control system set up at every level of the company is an effective mechanism to deal with the potential safety and competitiveness conflicts.


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