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Introduction

Guest Name: Roy E. Hall

Company: Constellation Energy

Plant Names: Calvert Cliffs, Nine Mile Point and R. E. Ginna

Position or Title: Corporate ISI Program Owner

ASME Section XI/OM Code of Record: 1998 (Calvert), 2004 (Nine Mile Point), 1995/96A (Ginna)

ASME Section XI/OM Inspection Interval and Period: 3rd Interval, 3rd Period (Calvert), 4th Interval, 3rd Period (Ginna) 3rd Interval, First Period (Nine Mile)

E-Mail Address: Roy.Hall@constellation.com

Phone Number: 410-470-3249

Interview

Question: How many personnel do you have in your ISI/IST organization and how are the responsibilities distributed between the ISI/NDE, Risk Informed, Pump and valve, Containment, System Pressure Test, Snubber, Repair/Replacement Programs, etc.?

Hall: Constellation has two Corporate ISI Program Owners. One concentrates mainly on the BWRs and the other mainly on the PWRs. Each station has an ISI Program implementer.

Question: How much of the NDE is actually performed by your organization, if any, in lieu of utilizing outside vender support, and if so, what savings have you recognized by using your in-house personnel?

Hall: A significant amount of visual examinations are performed in-house during non outage periods. Most volumetric UTs and eddy current testing of heat exchangers are done in house with contractor support for unique or manpower intensive periods.

Question: Has your organization implemented a risk informed ISI or IST program, and if so, what Code Cases or methodology did you incorporate and what benefits and savings have you realized? What was the scope of the program and the approximate costs to develop the program? Were there any unexpected problems encountered while developing the program? Did you receive any requests for additional information from the NRC and has your program been approved?

Hall: We have two stations with N-578 RI-ISI. We are considering upgrading the other station to a RI-ISI program soon.

 

Question: What form of training has proven to be the most successful for your group; in-house instruction, vendor instruction, organizational instruction (EPRI, NSSS, etc.), conferences, technical meetings, online learning, etc.? What ISI/NDE training seminars are you considering for attendance in the near future?

 

Hall: All forms of training are useful. For seldom used or low frequency skill sets, contractors often perform the training.

Question: Has your organization implemented the requirements for ASME Section XI, Appendix VIII, of the 1995 Edition with the 1996 Addenda? Did you utilize the recommended EPRI format for relief requests, and if so, which ones? What is the approval status of your relief requests and what problems or successes have you encountered in implementing Appendix VIII?

Hall: Yes.

Question: Does your organization plan to implement a Section XI edition and/or addenda that is later than currently required in 10 CFR 50, and if so, what benefits do you anticipate?

Hall: No.

Question: What type of software do you use to track and analyze ISI program commitments and inspection data? Was the software developed by your organization or purchased from a vender? Does it adequately meet your needs? If not, why not?

Hall: IDDEAL Software is used for the ISI Program and was purchased from IDDEAL Concepts, Inc.


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