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WCC20 March – Under the hood of the FOAKE 165MWe Pebble Bed Modular Reactor
Between 2000 and 2004, South Africa established itself as a leader in the research and development of new-generation-nuclear-energy through its 165MWe Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project. On a daily basis, hundreds of PBMR scientists and engineers, confronted with new and oftentimes daunting challenges produced a plethora of untested First-of-a-Kind- Engineering (FOAKE) concepts.. A High Impact Team (HIT), was established to test FOAKE concepts and where necessary, design processes to make them practicable. HIT responsibility extended to inter alia: advising on modularity; sourcing and manufacturing of equipment (while maximising local content); developing heavy lift and transport strategies; developing construction and installation methodologies and sequencing; advising on costs and schedule; the nuclear licensing process; waste handling and decommissioning at end of plant life. HIT provided strategic inputs into the 2003 Detailed Feasibility Report as well as the planning for the Demonstration Plant.
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