May 18, 2016 top managers of OECD/NEA Mr. Nieh Ho (Head of Department on Technical Aspects and Nuclear Safety Regulation) and Ms. Han Yeon Hee (Head of Department on Human Factors in Nuclear Safety) visited ROSATOM-CICE&T to discuss potential areas of cooperation. This follows the general policy of OECD/NEA to support its member states in the areas of nuclear skills capability building, knowledge transfer and technical innovation to form the new generation of prospective nuclear technologists.
ROSATOM-CICE&T has been cooperating with OECD/NEA since 2014 when they established a link with OECD/NEA Data Bank that serves as the international centre of reference with respect to basic nuclear tools, such as computer codes and nuclear data. Trainings with use of Russian computer codes developed and implemented in ROSATOM-CICE&T were highly appreciated by specialists from newcomer states (Federal Republic of Nigeria, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Republic of Belarus). Following this, in April 2015 ROSATOM-CICE&T hosted Regional IAEA Workshop on Practical Aspects of the Use of Safety Assessment Codes for Power Reactors and Power Units.
Through the legal mechanism ROSATOM-CICE&T received several computer codes from OECD/NEA Data Bank to support the competence building for safety assessment. International codes thus received along with Russian computer codes can be used in developing specialized joint EU-Russia training courses on nuclear safety assessment. Especially interesting in such trainings might be comparison of benchmark calculations performed with various codes.
ROSATOM-CICE&T has been making research in the field of nuclear fuel cycles based on reprocessed uranium (RepU) and advanced fuels with enhanced resistance against unsanctioned proliferation of nuclear materials. This subject is very important in promoting nuclear power to newcomer countries where concern of nuclear proliferation remains to be a significant issue in formulation national position. Developing benchmarks and their incorporation in the training process could bring a practical focus to training process and this was the essence of the proposals for cooperation from ROSATOM-CICE&T side.
In addition, OECD/NEA representatives were introduced to the main lines of ongoing activities in the area of safety culture which is among the highest priorities in ROSATOM-CICE&T international training process (http://rosatomtech.com/safety-culture-from-theory-to-practice/).