April 20, 2017

AREVA NP to support International OECD Research Program

PKL test facility at Erlangen, Germany

The research program of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), as part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is being continued at AREVA NP’s PKL test facility until mid-2020, through a fourth 4-years contract agreement. During this period, the focus is to systematically investigate thermal hydraulic phenomena in pressurized water reactors (PWR). Another main topic within the program is the experimental verification of cool-down procedures for operational and emergency manuals of such plants. These efforts aim to enhance safety of nuclear power plants worldwide.

AREVA NP’s unique PKL test facility is part of AREVA NP’s Technical Center in Erlangen (Germany) and models the nuclear steam supply system of a PWR in full scale height. Test series can therefore be performed and evaluated under realistic conditions. The results obtained allow experts to develop recommendations for plant operation under accident situations.

”It is a great honor for us to further contribute to safety research within the international frame of OECD/NEA. We have adapted our test facility to the requirements of the new program during the last months. Recently, we started a first test series together with our international partners“, said Klaus Umminger, who is responsible for the project at AREVA NP.

Under the umbrella of the OECD, the project is funded jointly by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and other contributors like Safety technical support organizations, research institutes and PWR operating utilities from 14 OECD/NEA countries. The budget of the project is about one million euros per year.