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Rostechnadzor and the National Nuclear Regulator of South Africa have signed an agreement on cooperation in nuclear and radiation safety regulation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy

18.09.2012

On September 18, 2012, Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor) and the National Nuclear Regulator of South Africa signed an agreement on cooperation in nuclear and radiation safety regulation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy. For the Russian party, the document was signed by Chairman Nikolay Kutin, and for the South African regulator its CEO, Advocate Boyce Mkhize.

“This basic agreement establishes a legal framework for bilateral events which cover a broad spectrum of issues with the purpose of enhancing our national nuclear and radiation safety regulatory systems and is also called for concretizing the formats and areas of cooperation between the Russian and South African regulators”, noted Chairman Kutin.

“Considering that South Africa is planning to construct three NPPs before 2030, and enrich uranium domestically, I suppose that issues of safety regulation during construction of new NPP units and fuel fabrication for NPPs may be of interest to you. We are ready to share our experience in these areas,” Chairman Kutin continued.

In his turn, Mr. Mkhize spoke about the importance of the signed document and said that South Africa had extensive plans in nuclear industry.

“We have extensive plans to develop radiation industry and we would be glad to use the experience of Russian regulators in nuclear and radiation safety areas. I hope that the Agreement will bring benefits to both countries. South Africa and Russia have been cooperating in a wide range of areas, and the respective document is aimed at development of relations between our countries,” he said.

The agreement states that the Parties will cooperate in nuclear and radiation safety regulation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy in such major areas as

  • development of legal regulatory framework of nuclear and radiation safety;
  • licensing of activities in peaceful uses of nuclear energy;
  • supervisory and control activities, including preparation and implementation of inspection programs;
  • safety regulation in radwaste and spent fuel management, including their transportation and safe storage;
  • supervision of security of nuclear installations, radiation sources, nuclear material and radioactive substance storage facilities;
  • supervision of quality assurance of equipment for nuclear installations;
  • emergency preparedness and response;
  • training of the regulator's staff.

The agreement comes into force on the date of its signing.


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