Infrastructure Support for Member States
Interested in Nuclear Power
Assistance & Review Services
Practical assistance of the IAEA is also given in the form of review or assistance missions. Some topics of these missions include but are not limited to: feasibility study, nuclear law, regulatory framework and organization, site survey and site evaluation, human resources development plan, bid tendering and evaluation, owner/operator's competence building, regulator's competence building, reactor technology assessment.
Integrated missions consisting of experts from different technical backgrounds provide a holistic overview of national infrastructure development. Their objectives are to explain the IAEA guidance publications and available services, and discuss future actions.
Milestones mission: provide an overview of integrated approach to nuclear power planning
Self-assessment support: assist with the process for conducting a self-assessment as well as with how to understand the basis of evidence for each of the 19 issues in the evaluation methodology
Pre- INIR mission: logistical preparation of the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Mission
The Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Mission (INIR mission): evaluate the overall status of the national nuclear infrastructure development
The Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) covers the comprehensive infrastructure required for building a nuclear power programme. Upon request from a Member State, the IAEA conducts INIR missions including a team of international experts, who have direct experience in specialized nuclear infrastructure areas, and specialized IAEA staff.
Building on a Member State’s self-evaluation, the mission team reviews the infrastructure status through interviews, site visits and document reviews. Suggestions and recommendations are provided in a report to the Member State, enabling it to update its national action plan accordingly.
The booklet INIR: Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Missions - Guidance on Preparing and Conducting INIR Missions (Rev. 1, 2011) explains the main activities undertaken by the mission team.
Coordination of infrastructure assistance
The IAEA is also able to assist in the coordination of assistance to countries introducing nuclear power. If requested the Agency can play a role in bringing together bilateral and IAEA technical cooperation assistance.