KEPCO Nuclear Fuel Co. (KEPCO NF) announced on August 8 that it has developed its own nuclear power plant operational support system dubbed “Operational Core Analysis and Simulation System.”
It has become the third company in the world that has developed its own operational support system after Westinghouse of the U.S. and Areva of France.
The OASIS is the system which monitors and predicts the operating conditions of nuclear reactors. The system has been developed as part of the three-year national project of “the Development of Core Protection & Core Monitoring System for Export” from 2013, led by KEPCO NF.
With the OASIS, an operator can monitor the conditions of nuclear reactors graphically and take measures to secure safety accurately when nuclear reactors stop.
Moreover, the new system helps set up the best operating strategy using the simulation function in advance when an operator changes the output of nuclear reactors, boosting the safety of nuclear power plants and maximizing the utilization rates.
KEPCO NF plans to fully test the new system at nuclear power plants from the second half of this year. The company expects to improve the utilization rates of power plants and create great economic ripple effects when it uses the system at 12 Korean standard nuclear power plants with testing in the future.