Training Course on Capacity Building for Nuclear Power Programmes Concluded


Course participants from 16 Member States were trained in developing the infrastructure for new or expanding nuclear power programmes. (Photo: Kang/IAEA)

2014-07-10│Supporting Member States in building national capacity for introducing or expanding nuclear power programmes was the aim of a four-week IAEA training course held from 9 June to 4 July 2014. It was the second time this programme was organized by the IAEA in cooperation with the KEPCO International Nuclear Graduate School (KINGS) and held in Ulsan, Republic of Korea. The first training course was held in 2013.

Nineteen technical professionals from 16 expanding and newcomer countries attended the training course which focused on activities outlined for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the IAEA Milestones Approach. Phase 2 includes preparatory work for the construction of a nuclear power plant after a policy decision has been taken, while Phase 3 includes activities to implement a first nuclear power plant.

“Phase 2 of the three phases of development is very critical. During this phase, the country will carry out the technical, regulatory and financial work required to prepare for the construction of a nuclear power plant,” said Ki-Sig Kang from the Nuclear Power Engineering Section of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy.

The lectures by IAEA and Korean experts, and the group discussions addressed four major themes:

  • Energy planning, pre-feasibility study and pre-construction activities
  • Financing and managing financial risks
  • Integrated approach to human resources and workforce planning
  • Site selection, Safeguards and security, and risk management.

The course provided participants with the technical knowledge required to take part in informed decision making necessary for launching or expanding a nuclear power programme. Also, participants from countries starting a new nuclear power programme shared their experiences and lessons learned.

In addition, weekly field trips to nuclear establishments, such as the Wolsung Nuclear Power Plant, the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), and others offered new insights and additional information.

Background

The IAEA Interregional Training Course on ‘Nuclear Power Infrastructure Capacity Building in Member States Introducing and Expanding Nuclear Power’ is part of the work plan of the IAEA Technical Cooperation Interregional Project INT2013 on ‘Supporting Nuclear Power Infrastructure Capacity Building in Member States Introducing and Expanding Nuclear Power”. The host organization, KEPCO International Nuclear Graduate School (KINGS) in the Republic of Korea, is an education institute established to train leadership level professionals in planning, design, construction, operation and management of nuclear power plants. In cooperation with the IAEA, KINGS has developed this training course for international nuclear professionals that will contribute to the enhancement of nuclear safety and technology.