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Rolls-Royce—A Global Force in the Civil Nuclear Industry
November 25, 2011   
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“Our long experience to serve the further Nuclear Power Plants Newbuild Programme in Poland”
Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established a strong position in global markets—civil and defence aerospace, marine and energy. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries.

The company is active in both nuclear marine propulsion and in the civil nuclear industry. In marine propulsion, it delivers all the nuclear reactor systems to the Ministry of Defence for the Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarine fleet in the UK. In the civil nuclear industry, it serves major utilities across the U.S., Asia and Europe as a supplier of high-integrity nuclear island pressure vessels and components; remote tooling and access equipment and systems; instrumentation and control; and solution engineering to both new build and nuclear power plants in operation.

Today the company’s nuclear operations represent a major global business, employing more than 2,500 people in manufacturing, engineering and field offices in the UK, France, U.S., China, Canada and the Czech Republic.

Nuclear pedigree
Maximising safety and plant availability, minimising unplanned outages and achieving optimal performance are precursors to success for utility owners and operators. Rolls-Royce specialises in nuclear engineering disciplines as varied as materials, metallurgy and mechanical design of reactor cores, experimental analysis of reactor thermal and hydraulic designs, reactor physics, reactor control and protection, core safety and reactor shielding, plus criticality analysis and design.

Providing safety and performance through own technology and long-term support
Focus on Instrumentation and Control Solutions
The company’s I&C capabilities incorporate world-class safety systems, control and monitoring systems, instrumentation and hardware, and long-term support services. These systems have accumulated some 3,000 years of successful operating experience in 200 nuclear plants worldwide.

Patented Spinline™ technology enables power utilities to improve nuclear plant safety and availability. The range of digital nuclear control and monitoring systems are designed to simplify all operational, diagnostic and maintenance elements of a nuclear plant while improving safety.

Rolls-Royce designs, manufactures and engineers both analogue and digital instrumentation and control (I&C) systems used in nuclear reactors of all designs—including PWR, BWR, FBR, BN, VVER, PHWR, CANDU, Magnox, AGR, research and naval reactors.

Through long-term support agreements with customers, Rolls-Royce makes a commitment to maintain the capability to manufacture, modify, repair, test, at board, rack and systems level over a long time period. This involves finding solutions to hardware ageing, technology evolution, skills and tools maintenance.

Central and Eastern Europe
In Central and Eastern Europe, programmes for new nuclear build are firmly in place. Operators of these plants are ideally positioned to benefit from the value that modern and efficient fully integrated Instrumentation and Control systems can deliver. Rolls-Royce is able to offers customers a complete safety and operational I&C solution through its ability to leverage system integration expertise, large-scale project management and engineering capability, and world-renowned nuclear I&C safety, control and monitoring systems.

Rolls-Royce is committed to building solid, long-term relationships with a number of local engineering, local technology provider companies and maximising the use of in-country capability and supply chain.

Rolls Royce I&C references
Rolls-Royce has installed I&C products and provided services to:
- Every nuclear power plant in France
- More than 60 NPP in the U.S.
- More than 30 nuclear reactors in Western and Eastern Europe, and in Russia
- 31 nuclear reactors in Asia, including 25 in China
- All UK Royal Navy submarine reactors

Some reference projects:
UK: Rolls-Royce capabilities include its long-established submarines business, which for the past 50 years has undertaken the design and delivery of the complete reactor and reactor systems for the UK Royal Navy submarine fleet. Rolls-Royce is a world leader in nuclear submarine systems and support services incorporating design, manufacture, procurement and operation.

Rolls-Royce is the original supplier of the reactor control system on the 58 units in operation. It developed the first digital integrated protection system (SPIN). This system has been installed on Paluel unit 1 -1300 MW - and started up in 1984.

Twenty-six years on, the system is still in operation and fully maintained. This is as a result of the long-term support programme, which addresses the ongoing availability of spare parts, obsolescence management, redesign of modules and boards.

Czech Republic:
Dukovany 1-4: The modernisation of the safety I&C systems of the Dukovany NPP was a major project to replace the original hardwired system with a new system based on modern and well proven digital technology delivered in 2000-2009. This modernisation has been performed by a consortium of companies where Rolls-Royce has played a key role in the provision of I&C safety systems.

Rolls-Royce delivered 175 cabinets and 5,000 boards. The project was delivered to time, schedule and cost, with no interruption to electricity generation.

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