Global Supply Chain and Localization, Issues and Opportunities: A Conference on the Customer Dialogue
Sponsored by the Nuclear Supplier and Customer Countries Engagement Group (NSCCEG)
This conference provided a unique opportunity for cooperation between nuclear power project suppliers and customer countries on two issues of critical interest:
• The Global Supply Chain: The global supply chain serves as one of the essential cornerstones of success for every project while presenting challenges including impact to cost and schedule,
and placing quality assurance burdens on the customer country safety regulator. The conference will explore the experience of suppliers and customer countries to better understand the full range of challenges presented by the global supply chain and how they can be effectively addressed.
• Localization: The customer country often will want to maximize the economic opportunities presented by a nuclear power project through the use of local resources. Localization presents challenges — the cost of qualifying new supply chains, and the risks that new supply chains present. There are a number of successful projects where localization was accomplished to the satisfaction of both the supplier and the customer country. The conference will explore how the opportunities presented by localization can be coordinated with the supplier, and effectively realized.
This conference was designed to be of interest to all IFNEC member countries and provide the various stakeholders, including regulators, planning authorities, financial institutions and industry, the opportunity to observe and participate in discussions of practical interest and value. The primary audience for the conference included IFNEC members with future plans for developing nuclear power projects. In addition, IFNEC member supplier countries will benefit from the discussions that further clarify the interests of potential customer countries.
A report of the Conference proceedings will be made publicly available.
The International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation provides a forum for cooperation among participating states to explore mutually beneficial approaches to ensure the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes proceeds in a manner that is efficient and meets the highest standards of safety, security and non-proliferation. Participating states would not give up any rights and voluntarily engage to share the effort and gain the benefits of economical, peaceful nuclear energy.
The Government of France served as chair of the 2017 IFNEC Executive Committee meeting held on November 9, 2017. The 2017 Joint Statement can be found here:
The Steering Group and members of Executive Committee wish to thank all of those who participated as speakers and attended the 2017 IFNEC week in Paris, France.
After serving as Chair of the IFNEC Steering Group since the inception of IFNEC in June 2010, United States Department of Energy Acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Edward McGinnis formally passed the baton to Julián Gadano, Argentina's Undersecretary for Nuclear Energy, during the Steering Group meeting held on 29 June 2017 in Paris, France.
The IFNEC Executive Committee (EC) held its annual meeting on October 24, 2013 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Ministers and other senior representatives from 30 counties and International Organization addressed issues important to IFNEC. The Steering Group Chair and the co-chair of the Reliable Nuclear Fuel Services Working Group and the Infrastructure Development Working Group presented annual activity reports to the EC representing a broad array of related activities. In addition, on October 22, IFNEC held the Finance, Regulatory, and Energy Planning Workshop at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. Key stakeholders' participation resulted in the identification of barriers to finance and identification of solutions to address these barriers. The Workshop was hosted by Abu Dhabi's Regulation and Supervision Bureau.