INPRO Steering Committee holds 21st Meeting

21st Meeting of the INPRO Steering Committee, held on 18 November 2013 at the IAEA.
(Photo: M. Gladyshev/IAEA)

2013-12-02 | The INPRO Steering Committee met on 18 November 2013 at the IAEA to hear about INPRO’s recent progress and endorse the proposed INPRO Action Plan for 2014−2015. The one-day meeting was held in conjunction with the 7th INPRO Dialogue Forum that took place during the remainder of the week. Pascal Anzieu from France was invited to chair the meeting.

Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy and INPRO Project Manager, highlighted recent key achievements including progress in ongoing Nuclear Energy System Assessments (NESAs) in Indonesia, Romania and Ukraine. “The NESA undertaken by Belarus was successfully completed and the report is published by the Agency, so that all IAEA Member States can benefit from its findings”, said Mr Bychkov.

Several major publications were issued over the past few months, including the INPRO study on legal and institutional issues for transportable nuclear power plants and four reports on concluded INPRO collaborative projects, including the major GAINS report. “The revision and second edition of the INPRO methodology is well underway”, said Mr Bychkov.

“The INPRO Action Plan 2014-15 puts more emphasis on the integration of all activities under INPRO to provide practical decision making support to Member States in their national nuclear energy strategy development”, said INPRO Group Head Zoran Drace. The Action Plan, as well as current activities are in full alignment with the Resolutions of the 57th IAEA General Conference, related to nuclear power application and development of innovative nuclear technology.

In the next biennium, the INPRO’s activities will be organized in four Tasks, due to a new internal planning system. These are Global Scenarios (Task 1), Innovations (Task 2), Sustainability Assessment and Strategies (Task 3) and Policy and Dialogue (Task 4).

Also, a number of new collaborative projects and activities have been proposed. These include: key indicators for innovative nuclear energy systems, a case study for the deployment of factory fuelled small sized reactors, nuclear fuel and fuel cycle analysis for future nuclear energy systems, waste from innovative types of reactors and fuel cycles, a service package for nuclear energy system planning, and a limited scope assessment of a sodium cooled fast reactor (in cooperation with the Generation IV International Forum, GIF).

The Steering Committee tentatively endorsed the Action Plan 2014-2015 provided that comments made during the meeting will be addressed in the final version of the plan. The Committee agreed that INPRO could start implementing the new projects by developing terms of reference, organizing consultancies and reporting on the progress at the next meeting of the INPRO Steering Committee, scheduled for May 2014.