The Interregional Training Course on Strategies Related to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Radioactive Waste Management was held from October 21-25 at the St. Petersburg branch of Rosatom Technical Academy. This event was organized as a part of the extra-budgetary contribution of the Russian Federation to the implementation of the IAEA Technical Cooperation projects on the development of nuclear infrastructure for newcomers.
The course was attended by representatives of Algeria, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Poland, Senegal, Sudan, Thailand, Tunisia and Uzbekistan.
The purpose of this event is to train participants from countries considering or embarking on nuclear power programmes on how to develop strategies for purchasing and/or developing nuclear fuel cycle services and handling large qualities of nuclear and radioactive materials in a safe and sustainable manner.
Representatives of the IAEA as well as international and local experts were invited to provide participants with the related expertise and best practices. During the training, participants were given lectures on options for managing spent fuel, a review of the nuclear fuel cycle, technology and Nuclear Fuel Cycle policy. The State Atomic Energy Corporation ‘Rosatom’ was represented by Ms A. Khaperskaya from the Project Office for the SNF management. As part of the technical tour, participants visited the full-scope and analytical VVER simulators and the construction site of the sixth power unit of the Leningrad NPP with the support of Russian utility Rosenergoatom.