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Webinar on Covid-19 and Its Impact on the Nuclear Power Supply Chain

Date and time

Thursday, 9 July 2020
15:00-16:15 Central European Time (UTC/GMT +1 hour)

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This IAEA webinar will discuss the impact the global COVID-19 pandemic has had on the supply chains of products and services related to nuclear power plants (NPPs) and ongoing nuclear construction projects. The webinar will bring together operator and supplier experiences in addressing these challenges and discuss issues that may arise in the future and ways to mitigate them.

To date, the pandemic has not resulted in any enforced shutdowns of NPPs or major disruptions to outages or projects. This is due in part to operators’ proactive, dynamic response to the situation and limiting the scope of outages and refurbishment projects to essential tasks. But the pandemic has nonetheless had an impact, such as travel restrictions which have impacted the delivery of services and the manufacture of certain components.  Although many activities may be carried out remotely, products still need to be handled locally and service-related activities to install, operate, maintain, test and inspect them are necessary.

There are also questions about how the situation in the nuclear supply chain market of products and services will change in the long term. NPP owners and operators are therefore preparing for the future in light of the collected experience so far. Suppliers are also considering the situation and evaluating both risks and opportunities. These questions require thorough investigation and consideration by IAEA Member States.

By attending this webinar, you will:

  • Recognize the importance of the nuclear supply chain and how it is impacted by a pandemic,
  • Learn about key challenges and how they are being managed, and
  • Obtain lessons learned and good practices from the speakers’ examples related to nuclear power plant operations, outages and nuclear projects.


Mikko Kosonen, TVO, Finland
Leonid Letchford, Rosatom, Russian Federation
Marc Tannenbaum, EPRI, USA


Pekka Pyy, IAEA

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