On 8-12 November 2021, a scientific visit on emergency preparedness and response (EPR) for experts from the Republic of Belarus was held at the St. Petersburg branch of Rosatom Technical Academy. The event was organized by the Rosatom Tech’s Centre for International Cooperation within the extra-budgetary contribution of the Russian Federation to the IAEA Technical Cooperation projects for the development of national nuclear infrastructure in newcomer countries.
The purpose of the scientific visit was to familiarize the representatives of the Belarusian nuclear power industry with various aspects of emergency preparedness and response, including the management of radioactive waste generated during operation, the use of decontamination methods and tools in case of a radiological accident and first aid basics in case of radiation and chemical damage.
During the lectures, the experts of the Rosatom Tech’s Department of Emergency Preparedness and Civil Protection discussed with trainees the main causes and consequences of radiological accidents, international requirements and the Russian legislation in the field of EPR, as well as issues of radiation monitoring.
The programme included a technical tour to Rosatom Emergency Response Centre. During the technical tour experts of the Emergency Response Centre demonstrated the analytical group and operations department activities, modern robotic systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, dosimetric and radiometric devices, mobile and stationary analytical laboratories, equipment for diving and underwater technical work, the process for personnel, equipment and classrooms decontamination, as well as computer simulators for rescuers in the training centre named “Atomspas”.
Cooperation with the Republic of Belarus in the field of nuclear technologies development is based on the construction of a generation III+ nuclear power plant in the country in accordance with a standard Russian project implying the construction of a two-unit NPP with VVER-1200 reactors with a total capacity of 2400 MW. The general contractor for the NPP construction is ROSATOM’s Engineering Division (JSC ASE).
In September 2018, Rosatom Technical Academy, Rosatom Emergency Response Centre and the IAEA signed an Agreement on the establishment of capacity building centres in the field of Emergency Preparedness and Response, including education and training in nuclear safety and radiation protection.