Rostechnadzor is taking part in the 4th MDEP Conference on New Reactor Design Activities
13.09.2017 The 4th Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP) Conference on New Reactor Design Activities is being held in London on 12-13 September 2017. The delegation of Rostechnadzor headed by Deputy Chairman Alexey Ferapontov has attended the Conference.
The first day of the Conference comprised issue-specific sessions on the following topics: codes and standards harmonization, digital I&C, NPP vendor inspections. During the codes and standards harmonization session, executive secretary of the Russian Technical Committee 322 (TK322) “Nuclear Engineering”, VO Safety Deputy Director for Development Andrey Obushev delivered a presentation on the use of MDEP products for Russian national standards development. In his speech, he came up with information on the TK322, to which contribution is also made by Rostechnadzor, Rosstandart, and the SC Rosatom. This committee is a mechanism for interaction with international organizations for standardization and World Nuclear Association.
The Conference agenda for 13 September includes sessions on NPP commissioning, influence of MDEP interactions on reactor design safety and perspectives for MDEP.
The Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP) members are nuclear safety regulatory bodies of the countries, which have nuclear plants in operation, under construction or embarking on their nuclear power programs.
Presently, the MDEP members are the regulators from 15 countries: Canada, China, Finland, France, Hungary, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. The International Atomic Energy Agency participates in key portions of MDEP activities.
The Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (NEA/OECD) performs the functions of the MDEP Technical Secretariat.
The following objectives of collaboration have been established:
- increase the efficiency of sovereign decision-making by the national regulators in the licensing;
- identify areas for potential convergence of practical aspects of the regulatory activity and criteria used in decision-making;
- apply the MDEP products to the new NPP designs reviewing process, including those developed jointly with the International Forum Generation IV.