The end of May was very busy for CICE&T, given the working meetings with representatives of the nuclear infrastructure of Vietnam. The word “infrastructure” has a concrete meaning when applied to personnel training, which has been reflected in IAEA documents on development of nuclear power in countries – newcomers. It actually incorporates three different entities: an organization implementing the nuclear program, an operating organization and a regulatory body.
In September 2011 the tripartite agreement was signed between IAEA CICE&T and Rosenergoatom with respect to cooperation in personnel training for countries embarking upon nuclear power programs. Given support of IAEA, three groups of Vietnam specialists were trained in CICE&T in 2011. This training was highly commended by the Vietnamese side. With a view of developing future cooperation plans, two independent missions from Vietnamese organizations attended CICE&T on 23 May to 25 May 2012. It is symbolic that these delegations represented both the operating organization (EVN – the power generation and distribution corporation of Vietnam) and the regulatory body (VARANS – the agency for nuclear and radiation safety of Vietnam).
The goal of the EVN missions was to understand better the university education associated with training NPP operating staff, specifics of training for different jobs at NPP and staffing issues. To this end, familiarization tours were organized to MEI, MEPHI and Nuclear Safety Institute. In Obninsk Vietnamese delegates, jointly with CICE&T experts, were working on a draft road map for operating personnel training in linkage to the time of commissioning the first NPP in Vietnam.
In September 2011 the memorandum was signed between Rosatom and Ministry of science and technology of Vietnam by which 15 representatives of VARANS are to be trained how to work with Russian computer codes during four months in CICE&T. The VARANS mission in May was tasked to define details of the training program which is being developed by CICE&T for VARANS staff on fundamentals of safety of nuclear power installations. The deliberations also involved developers of computer codes from the Nuclear Safety Institute and IPPE.
On conclusion of the missions the two sides recognized that the cooperation in personnel training for the Vietnam nuclear infrastructure was taking the form of regular working meetings. Thereby a working platform has been established for implementing the personnel training plans, both for the regulatory body and operating organization of Vietnam.