Building Nuclear Infrastructure at the very Top
CNRT Personnel Training for the Plurinational State of Bolivia
Rosatom Technical Academy started a set of training courses for nuclear infrastructure personnel of the Plurinational State of Bolivia as part of a unique project on construction of Center for Nuclear Research and Technology (CNRT) in El Alto.
The agreement for CNRT construction was signed in September 2017 between the Bolivian Nuclear Energy Agency (ABEN) and ROSATOM within the framework of the 61st IAEA General Conference in Vienna. For the first time, the nuclear facility is built on the highest site in the world (4,000 m above the sea level) ever used for nuclear facilities construction. The Bolivian CNRT will comprise of a research reactor facility with a nominal power of up to 200 kW, a lab complex, a multi-purpose experimental gamma-installation, a radiopharmacology complex, as well as various engineering facilities. Nuclear infrastructure personnel training is an essential part of the ROSATOM’s integral offer for the construction of centres of such kind.
The training is conducted in cooperation with the ROSATOM’s service offer integrator on nuclear infrastructure – Rusatom Service JSC. It involves the implementation of three training courses on the issues of emergency preparedness and response, physical protection with practical exercises and technical tours.
The Bolivian representatives include those from the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Welfare, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Defense, as well as Bolivian Nuclear Energy Agency (ABEN).
The first training course “Basic Responses to Radiological Incidents with Practical Exercises” (April 1–5, St. Petersburg) describes in detail specific radiological hazards and provides recommendations for the development of plans to protect workers and public in the vicinity of CNRT on the basis of national regulations, international standards and IAEA requirements for emergency preparedness and response.
In the framework of the second two-week training course, “Principles of National Emergency Preparedness and Response System with a Technical Tour and Practical Exercises” (April 8–19, St. Petersburg), a number of technical tours were organized to the outstanding enterprises conducting emergency-rescue operations, working with radionuclide sources, ensuring medical and hygienic radiation safety, developing equipment for ionizing radiation measurement, etc. A part of the training, including a technical tour, will be held at the Emergency Technical Center of ROSATOM – a leading enterprise in the area of prevention and elimination of radiological accidents.
The training course “Inspection of Nuclear Materials and Nuclear Installations Physical Protection System with Technical Tours to the Polygon (April 22–26, Obninsk) will be held by the Institute for Global Nuclear Safety and Security (GNSSI) and will generate knowledge on the states of the physical protection systems to ensure nuclear facilities safety.
The training courses take into account the IAEA Nuclear Infrastructure Competency Framework, the list of scientific and technical documentation developed for the Bolivian CNRT project, the specific configuration of the CNRT in El Alto, as well as the list of possible accidents and incidents.
The training programme focused on the CNRT nuclear infrastructure development will serve as the basis for the safe and peaceful use of atomic energy in the Plurinational State of Bolivia.