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NUMARK Selected to Support US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Evaluation of Section III, Division 5 of the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code

September 26, 2018 -- NUMARK Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce its selection by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to provide technical support to NRC as it considers the possible endorsement of ASME Code Section III, Division 5 (Rules for Construction of Nuclear Power Plant Components: High Temperature Reactors, published by ASME in July 2017). NUMARK will also examine available information on the properties of nuclear-grade graphite, their source dependency, and the reactor operating environment. Additionally, under an optional task NUMARK would support the review of high-temperature flaw evaluation methodologies under ASME Section XI, that could potentially be used for advanced non-light water reactors.

NRC’s potential endorsement of the ASME code of construction for high-temperature reactors (those operating above 800˚ F) would facilitate licensing of prospective advanced non-light water reactors such as sodium fast reactors (SFR), molten salt reactors (MSR), and high temperature gas reactors (HTGR). The use of graphite as moderator and a structural component of the HTGR is a specific focus of this project. The effort is related to the memorandum of understanding between NRC and the US Department of Energy (DOE) addressing the two agencies’ roles, responsibilities, and processes related to the implementation of the DOE Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative.

The contract award to NUMARK was the result of a competitive solicitation. The period of performance is through January 2021. NUMARK will perform the work with the support of subcontractor Engineering Mechanics Corporation of Columbus.

NUMARK, founded in 1991, has provided technical support services to NRC since 2007. Besides its work for NRC, NUMARK supports public and private sector clients in the US and around the world in the areas of nuclear safety, environmental protection, and sustainable energy strategies.

NUMARK-Led Team to Support U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Energy Assistance Programs

September 30, 2019 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected NUMARK Associates, Inc. (NUMARK) for a prime contract under its “Energy II” Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (Energy II IDIQ) program. The Energy II IDIQ award recognizes NUMARK’s successful track record in providing clean energy and energy security-related services to U.S. and international public- and private-sector clients, and the NUMARK Team’s wide-ranging experience and expertise in clean energy development, energy sector reform, energy governance, utility commercialization, public-private partnerships, and other areas.

The NUMARK Team includes subcontractors DAI Global, Jacobs Engineering, Boreal Renewable Energy Development, Crown Agents USA, Energy and Security Group, Potomac Economics, Sustainable Capital Advisors, Training Resources Group, and TSS Consultants.

The Energy II IDIQ is a multiple-award contract with an overall ceiling price of US $500 million over a seven-year performance period. NUMARK is one of three small businesses selected for an Energy II IDIQ award and one of nine prime contractors overall. Contractors under the Energy II IDIQ are anticipated to provide expert technical assistance to a wide array of stakeholders across Africa, Asia, Europe/Eurasia, Latin America/Caribbean, and the Middle East, including those in conflict, post-conflict, and post-disaster contexts. Technical services will be organized under four priority themes: Clean Energy, Energy Poverty, Energy Sector Governance and Reform, and Energy Security.

Contractors will work hand-in-hand with USAID missions, regional bureaus, host-country stakeholders, private sector partners, and local communities, with a particular focus on building the capacity of national counterparts to deliver modern energy services in their countries. “Fostering environmentally sound, sustainable energy development in host countries is foundational to economic and social development,” says NUMARK President Neil J. Numark. “The NUMARK Team’s technical support will contribute to partner nations’ progress as they advance towards self-reliance.”

The NUMARK Team brings decades of international development experience to the Energy II program. Collectively, the team has worked in 130 countries on numerous energy development projects and has implemented over 1,000 USAID-supported projects. In performing task orders under the Energy II IDIQ, the NUMARK Team will apply its extensive resources in grants management, human resources, gender engagement, communications, training, monitoring and evaluation, financial modeling, electricity markets, and clean energy technologies.

NUMARK, a Washington, DC-based energy and environmental consulting firm specializing in technical support, research, and management services, brings extensive experience managing large, complex IDIQ contracts. NUMARK’s Sustainable Energy Division performs assessments and feasibility studies on clean energy projects, and identifies regulatory options to promote clean energy investments. NUMARK also has extensive experience in the technical and policy areas of climate change, such as assessing the greenhouse gas mitigation potential of projects and performing feasibility studies on projects involving carbon finance.

For more information about the NUMARK Energy II Team, contact Carlos Yermoli, NUMARK Energy II IDIQ Manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). To learn more about NUMARK, visit https://www.numarkassoc.com.

 

NUMARK Supports US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Development of Advanced Non-Light Water  Reactor Regulations

September 27, 2017 -- NUMARK Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce its selection by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to provide technical assistance in support of NRC research regarding materials for Advanced Non-Light Water Reactors (ANLWRs). The award was the result of a competitive solicitation.

The contract has a 15-month duration. NUMARK is tasked with gathering worldwide operating experience data for ANLWR designs under consideration for future deployment in the US; identifying gaps in Consensus Codes and Standards; and identifying computational capability gaps. NUMARK will be performing the work with the support of subcontractor Engineering Mechanics Corporation of Columbus.

NUMARK, founded in 1991, has provided technical support services to NRC since 2007. Besides its work for NRC, NUMARK supports public and private sector clients in the US and around the world in the areas of nuclear safety, environmental protection, and sustainable energy strategies.

NUMARK Selected to Support US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Efforts to Risk-Inform the Regulatory Infrastructure for Digital Instrumentation and Control Systems

September 27, 2019 -- NUMARK Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce its selection by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to assist in developing the technical basis for integrating risk insights into the regulatory framework for Digital Instrumentation and Control (DI&C) systems and components in nuclear power plants. The work supports the NRC staff’s January 2018 Integrated Action Plan to modernize DI&C regulatory infrastructure.

NUMARK’s work, supported by subcontractor Technology Resources, Inc., will be to assess available methods and analytical tools for estimating failure frequencies of diverse DI&C technologies, and address uncertainties in these estimates, taking into consideration the methods and analytical tools used in other agencies and industries. The team’s findings will be documented in a NUREG/CR (Contractor Report).

The contract award to NUMARK was the result of a competitive solicitation. The period of performance is through September 2022.

NUMARK, founded in 1991, has provided technical support services to NRC since 2007. Besides its work for NRC, NUMARK supports public and private sector clients in the US and around the world in the areas of nuclear safety, environmental protection, and sustainable energy strategies.

NUMARK Supports US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Reactor Pressure Vessel Integrity Project

September 28, 2017 -- NUMARK Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce its selection by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a three-year technical assistance program in support of NRC research regarding reactor pressure vessel (RPV) integrity.

The project involves knowledge development, verification, validation, documentation, and modernization of the probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) code FAVOR (Fracture Analysis of Vessels, Oak Ridge); the assessment of current RPV safety issues, including the possible effect of shallow flaws in the RPV cladding on reactor vessel fracture safety; and maintenance, user support, data entry, and possible future enhancements to the public domain database REAP (Radiation Embrittlement Archive Project). The contract period of performance is from September 2017 to August 2020.

The FAVOR code is used by NRC to evaluate issues related to the integrity of RPVs based on knowledge of nuclear power plants and their applied loadings, their materials of construction, and how these materials degrade over time as a result of radiation embrittlement from high energy neutrons.  FAVOR is used to evaluate pressurized thermal shock from plant transients and the potential impact on pressure vessel integrity resulting from stresses applied during normal plant heat-up, cooldown and pressure tests. FAVOR is also used to evaluate applications for extended nuclear plant operations and issues identified from plant inspections and measurements of the capsules removed from RPVs.  As pressure-retaining systems (i.e., piping, vessels) of nuclear power plants age, there is a continuing need to evaluate these systems for their continued operating safety.

REAP, initially developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, consists of a document archive and a relational database.  NUMARK is providing technical assistance to NRC to (1) establish and maintain a web-based interface where the domestic and international nuclear industry (utilities, vendors, and other industry research entities), as well as international regulatory organizations, can access the data and reports in the REAP database; (2) enter new data into the relational database; and (3) develop the ability to analyze the data stored in REAP.

NUMARK, founded in 1991, has provided technical support services to NRC since 2007.  Besides its work for NRC, NUMARK supports public and private sector clients in the US and around the world in the areas of nuclear safety, environmental protection, and sustainable energy strategies.

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