Improved Services for Member States: INIG and INPRO Converted to Sections

2014-03-04│IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano has approved a new organizational structure for the Division of Nuclear Power in the Department of Nuclear Energy.

"The Agency has a comprehensive programme to assist Member States with established nuclear power programmes, as well as those building their first nuclear power plants," said Mr Amano in his introductory statement to the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna yesterday. "The groups in the Agency responsible for supporting newcomers, and for the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO), have been upgraded to Sections, which will help us to offer you improved services."

The Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Group (INIG) has been converted into the Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section (NIDS) and the INPRO Group into the INPRO Section.

The new Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section, led by Acting Section Head Ms Anne Starz, supports Member States embarking on a new nuclear power programme or expanding an existing one, in building a sound nuclear infrastructure which is crucial to establishing and operating nuclear power programmes in a safe, secure and sustainable manner.

The INPRO Section, led by Acting Section Head Mr Zoran Drace, supports the activities of the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles, which was established in 2000 to help ensure that nuclear energy is available to contribute to meeting the energy needs of the 21st century in a sustainable manner.  INPRO's membership currently consists of 40 Members, i.e. 39 IAEA Member States and the European Commission.

Under the new organizational structure, the Division of Nuclear Power, led by Division Director J.K. Park, includes the Director's Office and four Sections: Nuclear Power Engineering, Nuclear Power Technology Development, Nuclear Infrastructure Development and the INPRO Section.