10-11 November, 2016 in Obninsk the ROSATOM-CICE&T conducted the specialized training/workshop “Application of the Methodology of the Milestone Approach to Assessment of 19 Infrastructure Issues for Research Reactors”. The training was organized on the request of Project Office for Nuclear Power Infrastructure (PONPI) , JSC “Concern Rosenergoatom” that is the ROSATOM-CICE&T counterpart in the framework of trilateral Practical Arrangements with the IAEA to support capacity building in newcomer-countries. This is the 3-rd training in the series of the events designed to prepare Russian experts for work at international level in the area of nuclear infrastructure. The start was done in December 2012 when the Russian experts from the companies and institutions associated with State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” and ROSTEKHNADZOR (Russian regulatory Body) were selected each of them covering the particular issue from the list of 19 Nuclear Infrastructure issues incorporated in the IAEA Milestone Approach for a National Nuclear Infrastructure Development. The first training was focused at making the IAEA methodology familiar to Russian Experts in appropriate subject areas. The training event was participated by the IAEA DDG Mr A.Bychkov. The second event held in 2014 was aimed at organizing information exchange between Russian experts and top managers of national nuclear power programmes from newcomer countries Belarus, Turkey, Jordan, Bangladesh and Vietnam. The IAEA was represented by Ms A.Starz (Acting Head of the Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section, IAEA).
The specific of the present workshop is its focus on practical implementation of the Mile-Stone Approach to assess the nuclear infrastructure for research reactors. The PONPI have completed three missions of Russian experts in Bolivia to assess its nuclear infrastructure that will accommodate the Centre of Nuclear Science and Technology based on research reactor and some other irradiation facilities. The IAEA was represented by Mr D.Ridicas – leading expert in Research Reactor Section, Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology, IAEA. The following institutions were presented from Russian side- JSC “Concern Rosenergoatom”, JSC “NIKIET”, JSC “Energosetproject”, ROSATOM-CICE&T, “VO – Safety”, ROSATOM-CICE&T and Obninsk organizations specializing in nuclear application in agriculture (RIARAE) and nuclear medicine (MRNC- Tsyb Instutute).