31 October – 07 November, 2016 Vice-Rector ROSATOM-CICE&T Mr Vladimir ARTISIUK as a member of the team of the IAEA staff and international experts participated in the IAEA Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) Mission in Kazakhstan under supervision of Mr Milko KOVACHEV – Head of the Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section (NIDS, IAEA). INIR Missions were started by the IAEA in 2009 as a holistic review of the 19 nuclear infrastructure issues to assist Member States in determining areas where further development is needed and the current one is 21-st in the list and the 1-st one which the Russian expert participated in.
The INIR objectives and procedures in the form of the Guidance on Preparing and Conducting INIR Missions were first published in 2009 and revised in 2011. The guidance followed the publication of the Evaluation of the Status of National Nuclear Infrastructure Development (IAEA NE Series, NG-T-3.2) the revised version of which is to be published soon. As Mr Milko KOVACHEV says – the INIR Mission is the only IAEA service that focuses at the future of national nuclear power development.
Within the week the members of INIR team conducted daily meetings with their counterparts from the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan and assessed the current status of national nuclear infrastructure in this country. Recommendations and suggestions from the team were compiled in the form of special report and handed in to the Director of the Department of the Development of Atomic and Energy Projects in the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan.
The experience gained on during the mission will help in shaping the ROSATOM-CICE&T international activities focusing support the newcomer countries in accordance with the trilateral Practical Arrangements between the IAEA, Rosatom-CICE&T and JSC “Concern Rosenergoatom” signed at the 55-th Session of the IAEA General Conference in 2011.