EPRI and IAEA to Cooperate on Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Technologies
held at the IAEA on 18 September 2012
19 September 2012 - The IAEA and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), USA, have signed a Practical Arrangement for Scientific and Technical Cooperation on Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Technologies Applied to the Operation and Decommissioning of Nuclear Power Plants.
The Practical Arrangement was concluded between Mr Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy, and Mr Neil Wilmshurst, Vice President of EPRI, on 18 September 2012 at the IAEA.
“The IAEA and EPRI will expand their information exchange in the field of nuclear safety and nuclear technologies to support currently operating nuclear reactors and new nuclear power programmes”, said Mr Bychkov.
The three-year cooperation will focus on promoting research on nuclear power technology development, nuclear power plant operation, decommissioning and waste disposal. The technical areas covered by the agreement include post-Fukushima risk evaluation, plant aging and materials degradation, digital instrumentation and controls, nuclear waste characterization and disposal technologies and advanced nuclear fuel technologies.
In addition, the IAEA and EPRI will support the widest possible dissemination of publicly available information on the above areas and prepare joint publications and materials relevant to the safe operation and decommissioning of nuclear power plants.