From 25 to 26 May 2021, a virtual part of Interregional Training Course on Industrial Involvement for a Nuclear Power Programme was conducted. The training course was held within the framework of the extrabudgetary contribution of the Russian Federation to the implementation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Technical Cooperation projects for the development of nuclear infrastructure of newcomer countries. 19 representatives from Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Zambia attended the event.
The purpose of this virtual event was to provide an overview of the IAEA’s Milestones Approach and its nuclear infrastructure issue “Industrial Involvement” that embarking countries should consider when developing new nuclear power programmes.
The programme of the training course combined online lectures by international and Russian experts, Q&A sessions and interactive discussions. Mr. Jing ZHANG, Section Head at the Division for Europe of the Department of Technical Cooperation, welcomed participants to the event and opened the meeting. From the Russian side, Mr. Leonid LETCHFORD, Head of the Quality Management Department of the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom”, delivered a welcoming remarks. He noted the importance of management and distribution of contract requirements throughout the supply chain, since these processes have a great impact on the cost of the project and the timing of its implementation.
President of Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research & Design Institute Dr. Mingguang ZHENG shared China’s national strategy on localization. Roles and responsibilities of key players in the localization process were presented by former expert of the IAEA Dr. Kisig KANG (Korea).
Dr. Vitaly ERMOLAEV, Professor at the Design of Nuclear Energy Facilities Department at Rosatom Technical Academy presented the Russian experience on the issues of supply chain management and risks on localization by the example of preparation and constructing nuclear power plants abroad.
Training also included section for sharing member states experience. Participant from Poland demonstrated the procedure of supply chain management in the framework of an integrated approach using the example of his country.
The face-to-face part of the training course is planned to be held in the third quarter of 2021 in St. Petersburg branch of Rosatom Tech. It will be be focused on gaining practical experience, as well as familiarization with the best practices of Russian vendor companies in the field of industrial localization for the implementation of the nuclear energy programmes.
The industrial involvement in countries embarking on nuclear power programmes is essential to the success. Most countries seek to localize those parts of industrial involvement where national industrial organizations can cost-effectively meet high standards and requirements.
Interregional Training Courses on Industrial Involvement for a Nuclear Power Programme have been organized by Rosaton Technical Academy in cooperation with the IAEA since 2019 as a part of the extrabudgetary contribution of the Russian Federation to the implementation of projects of the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme.