Ensure nuclear safety and security at all times
Nuclear power plant (NPP) operation services involve safety-related assessments, monitoring of operations, and provision of technical expert opinions on operational procedures and documentation, safety reviews, technical modifications, and in-service inspection and maintenance.
In the case of a nuclear power plant (NPP), the safety of workers, the public and the environment is of utmost importance. Compliance with national and international safety and security standards is vital. Supervisory authorities are responsible for monitoring NPP operation and developers and operators must prove that their systems, structures and components are able to fulfil safety requirements.
TÜV SÜD helps developers and operators avoid and mitigate future operating problems through safety assessments, documentation review and guidance, and on-site inspections. This facilitates timely modifications, improvements, optimised maintenance and inspections, and control throughout the plant lifetime, including long-term operation, ensuring increased safety, security and availability of NPPs.
TÜV SÜD reviews the test specifications, manages inspections and tests, and evaluates the test results.
We provide assessment of maintenance concepts for accuracy and compliance, ongoing verification of concepts after modifications, and supervision of functional tests taking into account risk-informed approaches.
Our experts inspect the overall plant as well as special facilities, discussing any irregularities with the operator to determine subsequent strategies.
We assess the evaluation, root cause analysis and prevention measures generated by operators to confirm that they are correct, plausible and appropriate.
We review the correct evaluation and modification after notices from external reporting systems.
TÜV SÜD provides advisory for the set up and application of ageing management, which covers ageing of components or buildings, fatigue assessment and decisions regarding replacement.
We accompany operators during the set up and application of safety management, and assist in an advisory role.
Our services include safety assessments of core design, inspection of core loading, and inspection and assessment of new fuel elements and fuel element manufacturing.
We support cold and hot commissioning with review of test specifications set by the operators.
TÜV SÜD reviews and consults on operational procedures and documentation containing all general provisions for plant operation including severe accident management guidelines.