Nuclear Safety Philosophy from 1949-2019
This webinar will discuss the development and underlying safety philosophies for nuclear plants during 1942-2019. The webinar will cover “good engineering practice” through “deterministic analysis”, and “probabilistic analysis” through to the consideration of the “black swan” effect when creating safety systems.. Finally, the webinar will discuss how these safety philosophies impacted design decisions for Generation I-IV nuclear power plants
Pr.Eng., C.Eng., MINucE, BSc(Hons), Dip.Nuc.
From 2016-2018, Mr. Nicholls was the Chief Nuclear Officer for the South Africa’s ESKOM utility company. Mr. Nicholls was accountable for all of Eskom’s nuclear activities, including the operation of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, the development of the new build nuclear program, and the high temperature gas cooled nuclear research and development restart. Prior to leading ESKOM, Mr. Nicholls held the following nuclear related positions:
2010-2016: General Manager, Nuclear Engineering, where he was accountable for Nuclear Engineering at Koeberg and new build nuclear programme.
2007-2010: ESKOM, Senior Manager (Engineering), Nuclear Programmes Department. where he was the technical lead for Eskom’s “Nuclear-1” negotiations and led the creation of the new Engineering function.
2006-2007: ESKOM, Incident Investigation Manager, where he was responsible for the Investigations into all major technical incidents in ESKOM.
1998-2005 ESKOM PBMR Programme, where he was responsible for the development of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor. Specifically he was responsible for the establishment of an integrated project development team including both the power plant development and analysis as well as the fuel manufacturing technology.
1993-1998: ESKOM Nuclear Safety Manager (Technology Group), where he was responsible for the nuclear safety assurance for the utility, reporting directly to the Management Board.
1992: ESKOM Koeberg NPS - Technical Support Manager, where he was responsible for Engineering Activities at Koeberg
1984-1991: ESKOM Nuclear Engineering Department, where he joined the Safety and Licensing Section, with leadership of developing Eskom’s competence in Probabilistic Safety Analysis