Southern Nuclear in collaboration with South Carolina Electric & Gas Earns Tech Award

Southern Nuclear in collaboration with South Carolina Electric & Gas was honored by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) with a Technology Transfer Award for the development and implementation of a project titled Pilot plant application of risk-informed in-service inspection to new build fleet.

James Agold with Southern Nuclear’s Engineering Programs worked with SCE&G on the project to develop more informed operational and maintenance policies. Agold, who retired from Southern Nuclear last year, accepted the award Tuesday night at the EPRI Nuclear Power Council Advisory Week in Charlotte along with Southern Nuclear and SCE&G colleagues in attendance.

“I am proud of the Southern Nuclear team for continuously seeking innovative solutions that advance our industry and help deliver the nuclear promise of clean, affordable and reliable nuclear energy,” said Southern Nuclear President and CEO Steve Kuczynski. “James and the team have developed policies for the new fleet build that will provide substantial benefits by reducing costs, worker exposure and radiation waste while improving plant safety.”

More specifically, the new policies will decrease the scope of the inspection population between 60-90 percent and provide a conservatively-estimated cost savings between $1 and $2 million per ten-year inspection interval.

“The 2016 Technology Transfer Award winners have taken EPRI Research & Development to new levels in order to shape a sustainable energy system,” said Arshad Mansoor, senior vice president of R&D at EPRI. “Working in a collaborative environment, their advancements benefit their utility and the entire industry because we all have a stake in power system transformation.”

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