Tracking No. 00.00.2010 124 Challenges Unique to Nuclear Environment • Robust QA/QC is Vital – Components emplaced in nuclear units require much higher pedigree than those in fossil units • Safety Culture – Companies involved in nuclear unit construction must not only foster safe working environments for employees, but must also create a culture at the worksite that prioritizes safety above scheduling and cost concerns • Specialization of Contractors & Subcontractors (C&S) – Not all C&Ss have the the programs, processes, procedures and people (―Four Ps‖) needed to successfully build nuclear operating units
Tracking No. 00.00.2010 125 Conclusion • Beyond cost, what are the key factors that should be considered in the selection of the right EPC contractor and to what extent can the contracting methodology affect this selection process? • Nuclear power plants are complex and large projects. In what ways can the early investment in infrastructure and the development of a comprehensive schedule play in the success of the project? • What are the key factors that should be considered in the selection of subcontractors and what steps can be taken to ensure the efficient procurement of commodities and components?