OECD/NEA Director General Visits Rostechnadzor HQ
June 19, 2017. Alexey Aleshin, Chairman of Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service, had a meeting with William D. Magwood IV, Director General of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation on Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD/NEA), as part of Mr. Magwood’s visit to Russia.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Aleshin stressed the importance of regular meetings to sum up the results of mutual cooperation, agreed to the OECD/NEA approach to the most topical issues in the field of nuclear energy and supported the Agency’s recent initiative for the creation of the new Technical Committee on Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations and Legacy Management.
In his turn, Mr. Magwood informed that identifying approaches to reactor graphite disposal would be one of the Committee’s tasks, acknowledged the involvement of Rostechnadzor experts in the Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities and noted the potential of small-sized reactors as a prospective area of activity under OECD/NEA.
Rostechnadzor shared information on the licensing process for the new NPP designs in Russia, specifics of safety regulation of the small-sized reactors, introduction of risk-informed approach to the supervisory activities, and the use of OECD/NEA products.
Concluding the meeting, the parties expressed readiness for further development of cooperation between Rostechnadzor and OECD/NEA and discussed the possibility of a workshop on the use of OECD/NEA products and tools at the national level for the regulatory authority and Russian atomic industry. The workshop is tentatively scheduled to take place in the autumn of 2017.
The programme of the Agency’s delegation’s stay in Moscow also includes a visit to the State Corporation Rosatom, the 9th International Forum “Atomexpo 2017” and the Nuclear Safety Institute of the Russian Academy of Science. In addition, they will visit the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors in Dimitrovgrad and Beloyarsk 3 & 4 with BN-600 and BN-800 reactors in Zarechny, Sverdlovsk Region.