The Interregional Training Course on Establishing a National Position for New Nuclear Power Programmes was held from 23 to 27 September at the St. Petersburg branch of Rosatom Technical Academy within the framework of the IAEA technical cooperation project INT2018 “Supporting Knowledgeable Decision-making and Building Capacities to Start and Implement Nuclear Power Programme”.
The Nuclear Power Programme is a major project that requires careful preparation, planning, large investments, human and financial resources. The purpose of the nuclear infrastructure issue “National Position” is to establish a system for the management and implementation of the Nuclear Power Programme and the coordination of the Nuclear Power Programme objectives and tasks with the political, economic and social goals of a country, as well as with the obligations of the country arising from relevant international treaties and conventions.
The purpose of the training course was to provide an overview of the IAEA’s Milestones Approach (provided in the IAEA Nuclear Energy Series document “Milestones in the Development of a National Infrastructure for Nuclear Power”) and to explain the roles and responsibilities of Nuclear Energy Implementing Organization (NEPIO) and other relevant organizations in the coordination among stakeholders to acquire the necessary tools and information for evaluating the existing and necessary nuclear infrastructures, conduct the relevant studies, develop credible reports and addressing key technical and social issues.
The training course was attended by 15 participants from 11 countries: Kazakhstan, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia. The training course programme consisted of lectures provided by IAEA experts and experts from Rosatom’s subsidiaries, country presentations on the status of the “National Position” issue development, and technical tours.
During technical tours, participants visited the full-scope simulator of a floating NPP, which is located in the St. Petersburg branch of Rosatom Technical Academy, and the construction site of the 6th unit of the Leningrad NPP.
The “National position” is one of the 19 nuclear infrastructure issues, in the framework of which a country establishes a government strategy and commitments to develop, and implement a safe and sustainable Nuclear Power Programme.
The training on Establishing a National Position for New Nuclear Power Programmes was organized by the Project Office “Nuclear Infrastructure Personnel Training”, Rosatom Technical Academy.