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NUCLEAR FABRICATION CONSORTIUM CHARTER Mission The purpose of the Nuclear Fabrication Consortium (NFC) is to stimulate the re-establishment of a vibrant and responsive U.S. nuclear supply chain. The primary focus is on developing objective data that can be incorporated into updated NRC, ASME, and other standards, to allow incorporation of modern technologies into new plant construction, maintenance, and operation that would reduce construction costs and increase quality and safety. The NFC mission is supported through pursuit of the following activities: Identify and work to remove impediments to the implementation of new construction and fabrication techniques and approaches for nuclear equipment, including system components and nuclear plants. Provide or facilitate detailed scientific-based studies on new approaches and technologies that affect the building of nuclear plants. Provide leveraged opportunities for NFC members to become better informed advocates for the nuclear industry, specifically in the areas of infrastructure limitations, needs, approaches and accomplishments. Facilitate and enhance non-competitive cooperation among NFC members through NFC sponsored core studies. Analyze and disseminate information about future nuclear fabrication technologies and how they could impact the North American and the International Nuclear Marketplace. Facilitate dialog and initiate alignment among fabricators, owners, trade associations, and government agencies.
Organization Structure The NFC is a public-private collaboration operated by EWI to bridge the gap between industry, government, industry associations, universities, and other nuclear stakeholders. Members of the NFC in good standing receive information regarding NFC activities and participate in NFC meetings. The NFC is a public private partnership that is operated by EWI and is not a separately incorporated entity. It leverages EWI’s existing infrastructure. Steering Committee: Governance of NFC activities will be provided by a Steering Committee comprising two executives from EWI plus one representative from each of the Charter Member Companies. Chairman: An Interim Chairman has been appointed by EWI to formalize the structure of the NFC and to create a critical core industry group that will allow the NFC to be self sustaining. In January 2010, once the core group of Charter Members has been formed, it will elect a Chairman who will have the responsibility of leading NFC meetings, increasing industrial membership in the NFC, ensuring that studies sponsored by the NFC are in line with members’ priorities and are addressed via workshops, graduate-level research, and core studies programs. The Chairman position will be for a one-year term. Technical Director: EWI will appoint an EWI manager to direct the day-to-day activities of the NFC with a focus on the NFC-sponsored studies. The Director will be responsible for aligning
work scopes and budgets and aligning the resources needed to ensure successful project execution. A key role for the Director, in conjunction with the Chairman, will also be developing and managing relationships with key stakeholders such as the U.S. DOE, State Development Agencies, U.S. DOT, NRC, etc. Core Studies Technical Committee: The NFC will establish a Core Studies Technical Committee focused on identifying and prioritizing specific topic areas of interest to the members. Technical Advisory Group: Each major project area will have a Technical Advisory Group. NFC member companies may appoint staff to serve in Technical Advisory Groups to provide input to specific projects.
Membership Membership in the NFC is open to all nuclear service, fabrication, and owner companies worldwide. The membership fee to participate in the NFC will be $5,000 per company or organization per year (starting January 1, 2010). Additionally, all members are asked to respect the intent and confidentiality of the NFC and not disclose core study reports and results to non-members unless agreed to by the membership to support regulatory or standards development and/or change.
NFC Core Studies The NFCâ€™s primary activity is to leverage NFC membership dues and additional project funding with government funding to enable pre-competitive research aimed at safe, first-time quality fabrication technology development and assessment programs and workshops. NFC members will identify and prioritize needs annually. Progress reviews will be conducted during quarterly meetings. A variety of activities are envisioned, such as fabrication process and equipment development; material evaluation and testing; standards development; supply chain development; fabrication data management technology development; and sponsoring education in nuclear fabrication technologies. The NFC will also sponsor briefings and conferences on topics of special interest to its members. These conferences will promote information exchange and foster communication among owners, fabrication contractors, service providers, and representatives from government agencies and academic institutions.
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