How Benchmarking Can Support the Selection, Planning and Delivery of Nuclear Decommissioning Projects

Progress in Nuclear Energy, Vol. 99, pp. 155–164, 2017

23 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2018

See all articles by Diletta Colette Invernizzi

Diletta Colette Invernizzi

University of Leeds - School of Civil Engineering

Giorgio Locatelli

University of Leeds - School of Civil Engineering

Naomi Brookes

University of Leeds - School of Civil Engineering

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Nuclear Decommissioning Projects and Programmes (NDPs) are jeopardized by several risks, long schedule and costs estimates that lay in the range of hundreds of billions of pounds. Moreover, in some countries, these estimates keep increasing and key stakeholders have a limited understanding of the determinants that engender this phenomena. Benchmarking refers to the process of comparing projects in order to identify best practices and generate ideas for improvement. However, even if it is the envisaged approach to tackle the decommissioning challenges and due to the NDPs’ uniqueness, until now, benchmarking has been only partially used. This paper proposes an innovative approach to benchmark decommissioning projects, both from the nuclear and non-nuclear industry, within the UK and worldwide. From this cross-sectorial and cross-country analysis, it is possible to gather a list of key NDPs’ characteristic and statistically test their correlation with the project performance. The ultimate aim of the research underpinning this paper is to investigate the possible causation between the NDPs’ characteristics and the NDPs’ performance and to develop guidelines to improve the selection, planning and delivery of future NDPs.

Suggested Citation

Invernizzi, Diletta Colette and Locatelli, Giorgio and Brookes, Noami, How Benchmarking Can Support the Selection, Planning and Delivery of Nuclear Decommissioning Projects (2017). Progress in Nuclear Energy, Vol. 99, pp. 155–164, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3141096 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3141096

Diletta Colette Invernizzi (Contact Author)

University of Leeds - School of Civil Engineering ( email )

Leeds, LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

Giorgio Locatelli

University of Leeds - School of Civil Engineering ( email )

Leeds, LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

Noami Brookes

University of Leeds - School of Civil Engineering ( email )

Leeds, LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

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