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Orano TN, formerly known as TN Americas, consistently delivers “as promised” pool to pad performance as recently demonstrated by more than 60 consecutive successful loadings delivered on schedule and on budget.

Our highly-trained PWR and BWR teams deliver low dose and incident-free campaigns with consistent one-week per canister loadings. With dedicated experts to handle vertical and horizontal loading services, Orano TN sets the bar high for the industry.

  • Project Showcase

    Orano TN Pool to Pad Team Performance Sets the Bar High for the Industry
    Lowest Dose: 50.5

    October 2013

    The Orano TN pool to pad team recently completed an eight-canister Dry Cask Loading at a northeastern U.S. plant site. Eight NUHOMS® 32PTH canisters were loaded with remarkably low dose rates and no change orders (see chart below).

    Canisters were loaded like clockwork at a rate of one per week, meeting the projected schedule. The on-site team consisted of 23 people supported by various Orano TN resources in Columbia, Maryland and Aiken, South Carolina. The team accumulated more than 22,000 safe on-site work hours with zero (0) Safety or Near Miss issues. The project effectively controlled personnel exposures consistent with ALARA practices, and continually drove performance improvement.

    Several initiatives powered the high level of performance during this project. The Orano TN Pool to Pad Playbook was used to perform the site walk down, and all station high risk activities were identified, allowing management to be aware of the potential impact of an activity and preclude any adverse effects on the station. Orano TN provided headsets at the DFS pad, complementing the two-way radios provided by the plant, and ensuring safe, clear and efficient communications. Consistent pre-job briefings and two-minute drills prior to all major lifts ensured the team was well-prepared for unanticipated occurrences if they arose. Weekly post-job briefs were used to identify Best Practices and Areas for Improvement, and involved all members of the team, thus driving continuous improvement throughout the campaign. No corrective action reports (CARs) were initiated as a result of the post-campaign brief.

    Orano TN's TEAM (Transnuclear Enhanced and Agile Management) approach to Dry Cask Loadings has resulted in more than 60 consecutive, low dose, low error loadings, often with no change orders.

    Campaign Summary

    18/48/8131.7No issues.
    28/118/1476.2No issues.
    38/198/2261.3Delayed 24 hours.
    48/258/2984.9HPU issue.
    59/19/475.4No issues.
    69/99/1164.0No issues.
    79/159/1857.2No issues.
    89/229/2550.5No issues.

  • TEAM Approach

    Orano TN's innovative TEAM (Transnuclear Enhanced and Agile Management) approach brings an unprecedented level of control over safety, performance, risk and outcome. Orano TN streamlines the pool to pad program with a synchronized and highly-trained team of expert planners and supervisors that executes the project for you. Results are proven … with “as promised” delivery of incident-free loadings time and time again. Our permanent inhouse team is coached in all of the “what ifs” that can occur on a specific site. We also test and train our customer teams with life-size mock-ups at our NUHOMS® University. When the loading teams finish their five-week program they have performed every aspect of loading in real time, real life scenarios.

    As an OEM we know the technical specifications of the storage equipment, the support equipment and the transfer equipment along with the procedures … forward and backward. Our skill set is applicable at all plants regardless of orientation, with welding, vacuum drying and heavy loading pros who are used to working as a team with the traditional Orano TN esprit de corps.

    Plus our global network of expertise and tried and true Performance Safety Quality tools mean that you can count on one thing … when you work with the Orano TN Pool to Pad TEAM ... safety, schedule confidence and "as promised" performance.

  • NUHOMS® University

    One key to our success is the training program at NUHOMS® University that brings in utilities, Orano partners and other team members to participate in a five-week training course.

    Each element of the used fuel storage process is practiced in real time with life-size models. Classroom training is enhanced by this live training, which includes the insertion of potential trouble areas that could arise, thus students graduate from the “U” well-prepared to handle their loading. This maximizes Human Performance Excellence in the used fuel loading and transfer arena.

    As a result, our PWR and BWR teams have consistent error-free, low dose loadings---setting the bar high for the industry!

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Roger Maggi
VP, Sales & Marketing
Orano TN, U.S.

Mike Beal
Sales Manager