AFCEN hereby presents its first complete activity report on behalf of all its 60 members, operators, manufacturers, equipment suppliers, organizations, consulting firms, training providers, and so on , who represent an accurate cross-section of the stakeholders actively involved in both the French and international nuclear industry. By becoming members of AFCEN, companies send out a clear message about their commitment and determination to join forces and work together in raising the bar on the quality, safety and competitive advantage of their nuclear projects and facilities.
Ever since its inception in 1978, AFCEN has been driven by a mission to establish a series of technical rules reflecting on-the-ground practices, feedback from industry and the latest knowledge in a bid to guarantee the superior level of quality and safety required for operating nuclear reactors. These objectives are also the values that guide the tremendous technical work of AFCEN's editorial groups, which currently feature over 600 experts.
AFCEN was initially founded by electric utility EDF and nuclear steam supply system manufacturer Framatome, now AREVA. AFCEN's name is often associated with the RCC-M construction code for mechanical components that it publishes. Since its creation, AFCEN has considerably broadened its scope of activities.
First of all, AFCEN extended the range of technical fields covered , with three codes for mechanical components: RCC-M (fabrication), RSE-M (in-service inspection) and RCC-MRx (high-temperature reactors, experimental reactors and fast-neutron reactors); one code for electricity and I&C systems (RCC-E); one code for nuclear fuel (RCC-C); one code for civil engineering works (RCC-CW), and one code for fire protection systems (RCC-F).
Furthermore, AFCEN clearly began setting its sights on increasing the association's international footprint in 2010 and opening its doors to a new audience other than its founder members, which raises new challenges when authoring technical rules that are regularly revised, updated and championed by larger expert focus groups, which in turn offers greater credibility in today's industrial environment. China has long been a hotspot for international deployment of AFCEN codes, which have served as the blueprint for 36 reactors, with 17 currently in operation and 19 under construction. The United Kingdom is the country boasting the second highest contribution with two EPRs slated for construction.
Key Figures :
- AFCEN has more than 60 institutional members, representing more than 600 experts who contribute to the development and continuous improvement of AFCEN Codes at international level
- Each year, hundreds of experts, engineers and technical professionals have attended to AFCEN courses
- More than 110 nuclear power plants and experimental reactors are currently designed and/or built using AFCEN Codes