Nuclear, Coal, and large power plants in general all eventually come to the end of their lifecycle. LINK provides consultation services to help clients create a plant specific plan that meets the customized needs of the client.
- Design/operational reengineering: development of technical understanding of multiplicity of generation trains, control systems, redundancies, operational complexities, maintenance requirements, safety and environmental risks, and so forth;
- Decommissioning: this is a concept with both narrow and broad interpretations: at one end of the spectrum it may assume the plant will be restarted at some point; at the other end it assumes a permanent shutdown; other aspects of decommissioning include short and long term “mothballing” with an intention of restart, and/or leading to the much broader definitions of valuation, permit/regulatory management, risk evaluation/mitigation (including safety and environmental which may include decontamination), deconstruction, remediation to brownfield or possibly back to greenfield siting, repurposing, and dispositioning of human and soft resources;
- Valuation: typically facilities are valued by market value as-is, liquidation value, and/or real estate value; this may require extensive assessment in some cases, or when the plant has minimal market or real estate value, the effort may be much less so; valuation may also an understanding of the
- Permit/Regulatory/Legal Management: various operating, occupancy, incorporation, or environmental permits may require modification or cancellation and new permits may potentially be required; yet also decommissioning may trigger WARN Act notifications or require attention to Civil Rights Acts, Americans with Disability Act, Age Discrimination, Older Workers Benefit Protection, and potentially comparable State legislation.
- Deconstruction: the systematic dismantlement of a facility, and removal of components, waste removal, sale of components with value, environmental remediation to minimal or optimal levels;
- Resource Dispositioning: plant decommissioning almost always entails multiples of: personnel reassignment and relocation, layoff, seniority juggling, negotiations with organized labor, severance, job-hunt benefits, managing employee uncertainty and mitigating associated risks, cancellation of vendor contracts, insurance modifications, and public relationship management with local governments, local communities, and broader stakeholders, etc.;
- Lessons Learned: collection of lessons learned and transfer to other facilities facing decommissioning.