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Nuclear power currently produces about 10% of the world’s electricity with reactors operating in 31 countries. Some of these countries have used nuclear power for many decades, others are relatively new entrants to the technology, and a third set of countries are considering using nuclear power for the first time. In some countries, nuclear power plants are having their operational life extended (sometimes to as much as 80 years), in others major newbuild programmes are using domestic technology, and a third set of countries are considering importing both the technology and the means to construct and operate the plants as a “turnkey contract.”
In 2012, the IAEA published a specific safety guide that provides a roadmap for the deployment of reactors in “new entrant” countries, identifying the key safety milestones that need to be considered in each of the decision-making and implementation phases. The guide notes:
“The Milestones Approach enables a sound development process for a nuclear power programme. It is a phased comprehensive method to assist countries that are considering or planning their first nuclear power plant. Experience suggests that the time from the initial consideration of the nuclear power option by a country to the operation of its first nuclear power plant is about 10-15 years. The aim is to help Member States understand the commitments and obligations associated with developing a nuclear power programme. Countries that already have nuclear power can assess their preparedness for expansion.”
IAEA Nuclear Security Series No. 19 provides guidance on the actions to be taken by a State in implementing effective nuclear security infrastructure for a nuclear power programme.
More recently, in December 2019, three of the organisations on the International Safety and Reliability Steering Committee – comprising the IAEA, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) – published a new white paper titled “Nuclear Industry New Build/ New Entrants.” The paper provides important guidance on nuclear safety and reliability but omits any reference to nuclear security planning and provisions.
Some questions that need to be addressed are then:
Of course, the answers to these questions will depend on the specific circumstances and the States involved, but it is highly likely that significant security issues will arise without the necessary guidance and planning – and learning from the experience of other countries. WINS believes that many of the issues, in common with nuclear safety, can be identified in advance and agreements reached on roles and responsibilities between the various State parties (and the operator) – one difference with nuclear safety is that the nuclear security arrangements may well involve multiple stakeholders to support the legal responsibilities of the operator.
The purpose of this workshop is to review and discuss all non-classified security matters related to establishing the nuclear security programme for countries embarking into nuclear power:
This two-day workshop will bring together international experts and leading thinkers including subject matter experts on developing and implementing effective nuclear security programmes for new build/new entrants. To ensure that participants benefit from the exchange of best practice in different countries, we will invite approximately 45 participants. Attendees will need to meet their own costs for travel and accommodation, but WINS will cover the workshop costs. No registration fee is required.
We welcome applications from the following experts and organisations:
The framework for this interactive, professionally facilitated workshop will consist of presentations, plenary and group discussions. It will be conducted in English and draw only on unclassified information. Based on the workshop’s findings, WINS will produce a report highlighting the key findings of the event.
Ms. Bettina Lock (WINS)
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