TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH is thus a functional element of the German state administrative system for nuclear safety and a Mandated Body.
TÜV SÜD is an independent third-party service provider applying international best practices and local knowledge to safeguard NPP operations. Our nuclear experts work closely with national and international bodies, ensuring that our clients benefit from our comprehensive knowledge of the applicable regulations and standards in each country.
As a member of the committees for the development of the nuclear regulatory framework and the technical specifications TÜV SÜD contributed to the evolution of the design philosophy and its implementation in Germany.
The nuclear experts of TÜV SÜD are appointed to several national and international committees:
· KTA – Nuclear Safety Standards Commission: TÜV SÜD is also appointed as member of the Board/Steering Committee: The office of the Nuclear Safety Standards Commission (Kerntechnischer Ausschuss - KTA) is administratively assigned to the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). The KTA - with a number of provided short term experts being a member - comprises the five groups of manufacturers, operators, licensing and supervisory authorities, authorised experts, and representatives representing public issues. The KTA has the task to issue nuclear safety standards for these topics in the area of nuclear technology where a consensus between experts of the manufacturers and operators of nuclear power plants, of authorised experts, and authorities is apparent.
· RSK – Reactor Safety Commission
· ESK – Commission on Waste Management
· SSK – Radiation Protection Commission
· DFK – German-French Commission
· DSK – German Swiss Commission
· Czech-German Committee
· ISO – International Organisation for Standardisation
· IEC – International Electrotechnical Commission
· CEN - Comité Européen de Normalisation
The TÜV SÜD group is a global organisation with presence across Europe, the Americas, Middle East and Asia. TÜV SÜD provides services throughout the entire value chain, focusing on Inspection, Certification, Testing, Training and Knowledge services, representing an independent expert organisation with wide ranging experience in nuclear technologies. We have an in-depth experience base covering the whole life cycle of a nuclear power plant.
The comprehensive experience includes the delivery of projects for regulators, authorities, site licensees as well as manufacturers and we have wide interdisciplinary capabilities. TÜV SÜD has been working in the field of civil nuclear energy for over 50 years and the nuclear experts have extensive experience in the following areas:
· Authorization procedures
· Nuclear Safety and safety culture
· Management system
· Experience in the planning and undertaking of onsite inspections, surveillance activities and operational monitoring of nuclear power plants
· Independent review of all documentation relating to nuclear installations
· All areas of licensing and supervision support requested by national and international authorities and associations
· Radiation protection
· Transport safety
· Waste management
· Emergency preparedness and response
· All technical areas relating to nuclear installations and technologies
· Comprehensive detailed knowledge in pressurized water reactor (PWR) and boiling water reactor (BWR) technologies
· Assessment of component and systems specifications,
· Manufacturing tests and manufacturer certification, e.g. factory acceptance tests (FATs)
· Equipment qualification and design validation (electrical, C&I and mechanical)
Having worked on behalf of regulators, authorities, manufacturers and operators in the areas of inspection, supervision and licensing for more than 50 years, TÜV SÜD is also very familiar with specific regulatory requirements in different countries. A selection of project experience is presented within this proposal.
The technical expertise is also demonstrated in relation to on-site inspections and facility inspections, undertaken on behalf of national and international customers.
The planning for and inspection of facilities, on-site audits and site visits to manufacturers, operators and utilities are important elements of the inspection and supervision activities which provide tangible added value to the clients together with the extensive theoretical and methodological knowledge.
The Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) approved TÜV SÜD as Authorized Inspection Organisation (AIO). TÜV SÜD is approved to conduct tasks relating to the conformity assessment and approval of the design and manufacturing of mechanical components and structures for the plant units referred to in the Table. As the only non-Finnish organisation TÜV SÜD is authorised to inspect components and structures in the safety classes 2, 3 and 4. Safety class 1 is restricted to STUK itself.
An approval from STUK requires in a first step that an AIO acquires accreditation from the domestic accreditation body (In Finland: FINAS, the Finnish Accreditation Service) demonstrating qualification. An accreditation’s approval is based on the standard SFS EN ISO/IEC EN 17020 (2012-05-21), which are the technical standards applicable to inspection as well as those of STUK's Regulatory Guides on Nuclear Safety (YVL) guides that set requirements for inspections falling under the scope planned for the inspection organisations (IOs).
TÜV SÜD also holds a framework contract with the Swiss Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ENSI - Eidgenössisches Sicherheitsinspektorat) for Licensing and Supervision Support. The contract includes the
· Evaluation of concepts and development of guidelines for new NPPs
· Safety reviews for existing NPPs
· Licensing and supervision for existing NPPs
· Evaluation of plant modifications
Furthermore, TÜV SÜD has undertaken international projects for Russia, France, UK, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Ukraine, South Korea, Sweden, and Germany.
· Support of authorities in developing and defining national nuclear regulations and standards. We also provide consultancy to assist developers and operators of NPPs in adhering to regulations and standards
· Expert opinion on the development of new guidelines and regulations, in particular specific design principles for future reactors and classification of equipment
· Verification of design concepts and design specifications, risk analyses, radiological accident analyses, probabilistic safety analyses, technical systems and accident analyses
· Review/assessment of design documents for new build, modifications, power upgrades or replacements on safety classified equipment, operation manuals, test sequence plans, inspection plans, calculations
· Supervision of in-service inspections, periodic safety assessments, stress tests
· Execution of periodic plant inspections
Our expertise includes nuclear codes and standards from Germany (IAEA, KTA), France (RCC), UK (SAPs), Russia (NUREG, PNAEG/FNP) and Finland (YVL). We offer services among others according to DIN EN ISO/ IEC, American Nuclear Code (ASME), Russian National Standards (GOST) and the Korea Electric Power Industry Code (KEPIC). Our delivery team can provide Horizon with access to an international pool of more than 200 ASME Authorised Inspectors (AI) worldwide in the field of conventional boiler and pressure vessel which covers any requirements for non-nuclear classified components of an NPP. In the nuclear field the company has access to more than 15 Authorised Nuclear Inspectors (ANI) for new construction, including experts with the qualification as an Authorised Nuclear In-service Inspector (ANII). Besides this we have an ASME NQA-1 lead auditor able to evaluate quality assurance systems in the nuclear field.
Within Germany, TÜV SÜD is the leading Technical Safety Organization (TSO) for nuclear regulatory authorities, acting on behalf of the approving and regulatory authorities as “main inspector” since the 1970s. The over 450 nuclear experts support the regulators during all steps of licensing and surveillance of each Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). The key licensing issues include site evaluation and evaluation of NPP concepts, hazard analysis, quality management systems, quality assurance and radioactive waste disposal concepts.
Considering the life cycle of each power plant, TÜV SÜD provides services for the regulators during:
· Design, planning and preparation, tests
· Commissioning, construction and component manufacturing
· Safe operation and surveillance, radiation protection
· Quality, safety and aging management
· Comprehensive periodic safety reviews
· Decommissioning, dismantling, and waste management
· All inspection activities at the nuclear facilities
Quality Management and Audit Skills
TÜV SÜD employs some of the world’s leading experts in quality management systems and can conduct Gap Analysis and preliminary audits to help determine an organisations’ readiness for ISO 9001 certification. TÜV SÜD and Apave are global leaders in management systems solutions, having issued thousands of management systems certifications to date. As TÜV SÜD in Germany and Apave in France are a certification authority themselves, their intimate understanding of the requirements for certification means that a direct and efficient review service can be offered.
In the nuclear arena we are involved in the development of relevant national nuclear Quality Assurance standards. In combination with international requirements and IAEA guidance (e.g. GS-R 2) they form the basis for our third-party audits of quality assurance and management systems associated with Nuclear Power Plants, Research Reactors and other Nuclear Facilities. TÜV SÜD has extensive international project experience, gained by auditing the quality assurance, management systems and quality assurance documentation of Nuclear Power Plant operators and suppliers as a Third Party Organisation.
TÜV SÜD experts are experienced auditors in the application of national/international and nuclear quality management standards (ISO 9001, ASME NQ-A1 or KTA)