Improve supplier performance on refurbs/large projects
• Workshops to enhance utility-supplier communications
• Supplier training
• Share supplier OPEX
Refurbishment and other large projects are successful
OCNI organizes workshops to address both technical and process issues that help member companies understand and acquire the skills and quality programs demanded by utility customers, the national nuclear laboratory and EPC contractors.
Both Bruce Power and OPG are planning to include requirements in contract documents that suppliers must have a Human Performance (HU) programs. OCNI and COG are collaborating in developing training programs that translate utility “safety culture” principles to a supplier environment. To meet this need a training package was prepared by CNS and tested with an OCNI supplier in September. More work needs to be done to ensure that training modules align with utility expectations of supplier programs.
Under leadership of the Education and Skills Development Committee, OCNI undertook four initiatives to help ensure a robust supply of skilled trades people to support 10 refurb/MCR projects: 1) hosted an OCNI Booth at Skills Ontario Competition (May 1-2) and produced a short video that encourages young people to pursue careers in skilled trades; 2) organized a Skills Development Session at the CANDU Maintenance and Nuclear Components Conference (October 1-4); 3) Co-sponsored (with CNS) a Nuclear Jobs Fair at UOIT on Saturday October 21; 4) participated on Curriculum Committees at the four colleges at which OCNI is funding student bursary programs.
OCNI also sponsored a Decommissioning Workshop to help OCNI members understand and prepare for pending domestic and offshore nuclear decommissioning projects.