Lessons Learned in Nuclear I&C Modernizations

Sponsored by: Rolls-Royce

Focused on:

  • Nuclear
  • Power
  • Safety
  • Instrumentation
  • Control

Date: 24 June


Time: 4PM London/11AM New York

Spinline, a proven safety I&C platform for I&C modernizations

Today, 75% of the operating Nuclear power plants are more than 25 years old. Moreover, we are seeing a worldwide trend to extend these plants life to at least 60 years. At the same time, safety standards are continuously made more stringent and the OEM equipment initially installed are subject to increasing downtime caused by aging components that cannot be easily replaced due to obsolescence limitations. This is why safety systems modernization has become an increasing challenge for all NPPs.

For more than 40 years, Rolls-Royce has designed and installed safety I&C solutions that help nuclear operators to ensure the safety, availability and reliability of their plants. Spinline, Rolls-Royce safety I&C platform, is specifically used to implement Class 1E safety I&C functions and systems such as Reactor Protection System (RPS), Neutron Instrumentation System (NIS), Process Instrumentation System, ESFAS and Diesel Load Sequencing System; both in new nuclear power plants and for modernization of existing safety I&C systems in already operating plants.

Spinline has been recently chosen for major I&C modernization programmes. In 2011 EDF chose Spinline as its safety I&C systems technology for the modernization of 20 units of its 1300 MW PWRs (biggest modernization project in the world). It was also used in another of the largest I&C modernization projects in the world at that time: the Dukovany I&C refurbishment in the Czech Republic that was completed in 2009 as the replacement of the plant's original safety I&C equipment. And, more recently, in May 2014, Spinline has been chosen by Fortum for the I&C modernization of 2 VVER units in Loviisa, Finland.

In this webinar, learn more about Spinline, its performance and benefits, and Rolls-Royce feedback based on its experience on major modernization programmes worldwide.

Presented by

Arnaud DUTHOU,

Marketing and Business Development Manager for Safety Systems

Arnaud DUTHOU is the Marketing and Business Development Manager for Safety Systems at Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear. He is responsible for the definition, development and commercialization of Rolls-Royce Nuclear Safety Systems, including the Spinline Digital platform.

Before joining Rolls-Royce, he worked 10 years as Program manager for Xilinx, the world leader in FPGA technology, where he was responsible for several Product Development and R&D teams. He holds three patents in Software and Microelectronics technology.

Prior to Xilinx, Arnaud worked at several companies in the area of software and semiconductors, in the Silicon Valley.

He has a Master's Degree in Computer Science and an MBA in International Business development and Innovation Management from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business.

Mark J. Burzynski,

Responsible for the licensing of the SPINLINE technology with the US NRC

Mark J. Burzynski Has over 37 years of experience in the US nuclear industry in the areas of engineering and regulatory licensing. His experience includes 28 years with a large electric power utility company and 9 years of experience with suppliers of digital I&C equipment for the nuclear industry. He was responsible for the licensing of the SPINLINE technology with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Mark has a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan, a M.S. in Organiza

Key Learning Objectives

  • Share feedback experience from I&C modernizations projects using Spinline
  • Uncover Spinline technology and its advantages
  • Know more about I&C business of Rolls-Royce


  • Nuclear Utilities
  • Nuclear Designers
  • Plant Director
  • Heads of Operations
  • Project Directors
  • Operation & Maintenance Engineers/Managers
  • Project Engineers/Managers
  • Technical Service Engineers/Managers
  • I&C Manager
  • I&C Maintenance Manager
  • I&C Operation Manager
  • I&C Purchasing Manager
  • Maintenance Manager