Business Development

Thoughtful, Localized Implementation Strategies

When Lightbridge implements nuclear programs, we follow the specific requirements for that nation while respecting its unique values, cultures and needs. This is how we successfully rollout local programs while taking full account of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) guidance. Our network of independent and internationally-recognized experts understand local needs and offer thoughtful advice to each nation.

Services for Countries Embarking on New Civil Nuclear Power Programs

We understand the importance of thorough program planning for countries embarking on new civil nuclear energy programs. Starting in the initial phase, prior to the NPP contract award, we will consult with you every step of the way. In our experience, nuclear projects succeed or fail in the first five years which makes early planning essential.

  • Economic analysis with least-cost energy model of nuclear and alternatives
  • Site suitability study: identification and ranking of potential sites
  • Program strategy development
  • National nuclear power program deployment workplan, schedule, and risk analysis
  • Resource requirements, sourcing, and development plan
  • National nuclear policy development support
  • US 123 Agreement advice and support
  • Develop commercial strategy
  • Supplier assessment
  • Prepare technical bid specifications
  • Support NPP procurement negotiations
  • Develop or amend the nuclear law and regulatory framework
  • Nuclear safety training
  • Develop management systems, processes and procedures
  • Develop regulations, guidance documents
  • Assistance with international obligations reporting and management
  • Prepare communications strategy and material to boost public support

Services for Nuclear Power Plant Utilities

We offer comprehensive support for nuclear power plants, from procurement and fuel supply to program management and technical support.

  • Commercial strategy
  • Technical and commercial bid specifications
  • Bid evaluation
  • Fuel procurement strategy
  • Technical and commercial bid specifications
  • Bid evaluation
  • Spent fuel management plan
  • Strategy development and communications
  • Business plans
  • NPP Operations & Maintenance Management
  • Project plans and critical path analysis
  • Risk management
  • Contract management
  • Knowledge management
  • Nuclear technology design review
  • Nuclear Power Plant licensing support
  • Vendor oversight and quality assurance
  • Decommissioning planning
  • Independent regulatory and safety review

Services for Nuclear Regulatory Bodies and Utilities

Regulatory bodies and utilities can depend on our team of experts through every critical phase. Whether it’s developing your organization, building a licensing strategy or meeting international obligations, we can guide you through successful execution.

  • Regulations and guidance documents
  • Organizational structure, budgeting, finance
  • Integrated Management systems
  • Human Resource requirements, recruiting, and development
  • Training and education
  • Licensing strategy/approach
  • Processes, procedures, and work plans
  • License application assessments
  • Management of licensing activities
  • Inspection procedures, guidance and instructions
  • Vendor management systems
  • Vendor manufacturing, construction, operations
  • Facility construction, commissioning, operations, maintenance, radiation protection, security, safeguards
  • International agreements and conventions implementation
  • Policy development
  • Emergency response plans and programs
  • Emergency preparedness & response training
  • Planning and implementing exercises
  • Legislation requirements
  • Regulation documents
  • Accounting Program

Building Roadmaps of Success for Clients

We develop specific and confidential plans for clients to implement new and expanded nuclear programs. We provide a roadmap for success by evaluating national and international goals and constraints to exploit opportunities and minimize risks. We also offer technical support for operating utilities, regulatory bodies and vendors. Here are some examples of how we helped our clients.

Program Office Support

We assisted ENEC from its inception to become an effective and efficient program delivery organization. We supported the NPP prime contractor selection, and provide ongoing corporate support in contract management, contractor oversight, program management, risk management, corporate business planning, performance measurement, IAEA compliance, knowledge management, localization and fuel cycle strategy.

Nuclear Regulatory Organization Support

We provided strategic and technical support for the entire life of UAE’s nuclear regulatory authority, helping to make it a capable body in a very short period of time. Our work included the development of regulations, guides, plans, procedures, and training incorporating the best elements of many international regulatory regimes. We also provide strategic advice and assistance in the design, implementation and management of the regulatory authority and support certain project management and execution activities related to the development of the organization including: organizational structure, management model, recruiting, and strategic decision making.

Regional Nuclear Infrastructure System Study

We performed an assessment of potential regional cooperation for the development of civil nuclear power programs for electricity generation and water desalination. The study identified and evaluated areas for cooperation amongst the six countries, focusing on options within legal frameworks, regulations, siting, human resource development, fuel supply and security, waste management, emergency planning, and a joint regional Nuclear Power Plant. The highest-ranked options are currently being implemented by the member states.

Nuclear Power and Renewable Energy Feasibility Study

We performed the siting study in Kuwait to determine the suitability of available sites and ranked potential sites for nuclear power plants. We also assessed the economic feasibility of nuclear power and renewable energy by performing a levelized cost of electricity analysis and developing a power and water systems model to analyze the potential cost and benefits of nuclear power and renewable energy technologies.

Nuclear Safety and Regulatory Assessments

We provided consulting services to nuclear utilities in the USA and Asia; including:

  • Advice and support to Station Management regarding corrective actions for containment design control deficiencies and an Enforcement Conference with the NRC.
  • Advice and support to corporate Engineering and Station Management regarding safety assessment and analysis of steam generator tube deficiencies and the associated vendor root cause analysis reports.
  • Assessment of construction corrective actions, status readiness review and regulatory issues for initial NRC licensing.
  • Support of the independent assessment of nuclear safety component procurement quality and prevention of counterfeit, fraudulent, or suspect items within the supply chain of operating nuclear power plants. Expert witness for legal proceedings regarding nuclear safety and regulatory matters.
Independent Risk Assessments and Expert Witness

We performed project risk assessments of nuclear power programs under construction as well as programs undergoing initial feasibility:

  • Analysis of nuclear regulatory and licensing risk, and development of mitigating actions for a potential investor in the United Kingdom’s new build program.
  • Independent risk assessment supporting Toshiba Corporate Audit Division’s review of Vogtle and VC Summer new build projects.
Planning and Implementing a New Nuclear Power Program

We, working with the UAE, created a nuclear energy program Roadmap for the UAE in order to inform early policy decisions and to define the details of an overall program plan, organizational designs, resource requirements, NPP procurement, and infrastructure development. In implementing early critical path activities, we performed a site suitability assessment to identify preferred and alternate sites, analyzed impacts on the electricity grid, established and managed the procurement process for a site characterization contractor and a managing agent, prepared the detailed procurement process for the Prime Contractor, and supported the establishment of the independent nuclear regulator by defining its structure and organizational requirements, recruiting for key personnel, and assistance in drafting the national nuclear law and regulations.