Training Workshop on Technical Requirements in the Bidding Process for a New Research Reactor

4 – 6 Nov 2019
Vienna, Austria
Event code: EVT1804392

A significant number of Member States are in different stages of new research reactor projects. Several of these Member States are building their first research reactor as their first major nuclear investment and opportunity to benefit from the peaceful uses of nuclear technology. The feedback from the IAEA’s activities, in particular from Member States establishing their first research reactor, has indicated the need for further guidance on the development of the technical specifications for the bidding process of a research reactor. In responding to this need, in 2014 the IAEA published Technical Requirements in the Bidding Process for a New Research Reactor (IAEA Nuclear Energy Series No. NP-T-5.6) [2]. The scope of this publication is to cover the bidding process for a new research reactor, from the preparation of the technical requirements for the bid invitation specifications until the selection of the research reactor design and the signing of the contract, including criteria for bid evaluation. The publication is meant to be used in conjunction with the Research Reactor Milestones publication, Feasibility Study for a New Research Reactor Project (IAEA Nuclear Energy Series No NG-T-3.18, published in 2018 [12]), Code of Conduct on the Safety of Research Reactors [6], IAEA Safety Standards and other IAEA publications referenced therein. 

The workshop is intended to provide the participating Member States with practical information and knowledge on developing the technical requirements for the bidding process of a new research reactor project, taking into account operation, utilization and safety requirements, and guidance on the criteria for bid evaluation. The workshop aims also to provide a forum at which participants can share and discuss experiences, challenges and lessons learned in the preparation and implementation of the bidding process for a new research reactor.

The following topics will be addressed and discussed during the workshop:

  • General considerations of the bidding process;
  • General considerations in developing specifications for a bid invitation;
  • Linkage between stakeholder/user needs and specifications
  • Design features related to research reactor utilization/applications;
  • Research reactor design requirements, including technical safety features, and nuclear fuel supply and back-end considerations;
  • Personnel management;
  • Project documentation;
  • Research reactor infrastructure requirements; and
  • Bid evaluation process, including evaluation criteria.

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