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Enhancing Nuclear Power Infrastructures for Countries Considering, Developing or Expanding Nuclear Power Programmes

Nov 22, 2012


RER/2/007 - Enhancing Nuclear Power Infrastructures for Countries Considering, Developing or Expanding Nuclear Power Programmes
Workshop on "New Nuclear Power Programmes: Becoming a Knowledgeable Customer", 5 – 9 November, 2012, Paris and Flamanville, France.



From the 5th to the 9th of November, 44 participants from 25 different countries convened in Paris and Flamanville, France, to participate in the Regional TC workshop RER/2/007 "New Nuclear Programmes: Becoming a Knowledgeable Customer". The event enjoyed support from the US Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI). The workshop was organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in collaboration with the Government of France through Électricité de France (EDF).
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When developing a Nuclear Power Programme, careful planning and preparation are required as it is a major undertaking. Ensuring that it is used exclusively for peaceful purposes in a safe and secure manner is of the outmost importance. The development and implementation of an appropriate infrastructure to support the successful introduction of nuclear power, including an independent and competent regulatory body, is an issue of central concern for Member States as there is a wide range of infrastructure issues that needs to be considered.

After a Member State has taken the decision to either expand or launch a nuclear power programme, an appropriate organization should be charged with the responsibility to realize the commissioning of the Nuclear Power Plant. During the project these responsibilities will include: soliciting and awarding bids, input to the design, managing siting issues, communication and stakeholder involvement, constructing, licensing and commissioning of the nuclear plant. After the commissioning, the Member State’s responsibilities will include, operating, maintaining, and decommissioning the plant.

During this process it is important for the future owner/operator to become a knowledgeable customer.  A knowledgeable customer is defined as an organization that has achieved the competence and capacity to effectively manage and execute its responsibilities, which include dialogue and interfaces with the safety authority, entering into and managing contractual and commercial relationships with suppliers, vendors, and other entities during the whole life cycle of the NPP.  A knowledgeable customer knows what to ask for, how to ask for it, and how to know that is has received what it has asked for.


The main purpose of the workshop was to provide recommendations and guidance to the potential/current owner/operator of a nuclear power plant (NPP) on how to become a knowledgeable customer during the pre-construction phase, which includes developing the capacity, competence, and partnerships necessary for the successful planning, bidding, awarding, and initiating the construction of an NPP. This capacity can then be used to help ensure the safe operation and maintenance of the nuclear power plant in the long term, including emergency response and accident mitigation management.

Activities & Outcome

The workshop consisted of lectures by external experts, Agency staff, and participants from experienced countries as well as case studies.  There were discussion periods after each issue to adequately address questions from all participants.  The following is a representative list of topics that was covered in relation to becoming a knowledgeable customer:

  • Integrated Management Systems for NPP Owner/Operator organization including procurement management and quality assurance programme
  • Roles and responsibilities of different players in industrial and contractual models
  • Licensing process management.
  • Selecting consulting services and managing interfaces
  • Planning and development of local industry and suppliers
  • Developing strategic partnerships and knowledge transfer
  • Human resources development: planning and training facilities
  • Industrial relationships and supply chain management
  • Risk and liability management
  • Financing issues
  • Fuel procurement and management
This event included a technical visit to Flamanville-1&2 NPP (in operation) and Flamanville-3 (under construction).

This workshop was an opportunity to exchange specific information, experiences, good practices, lessons learned, and practical examples on how to become a knowledgeable customer. More specifically it:

♦  Provided an opportunity to exchange information on good practices, current experiences, and case studies;
♦  Allowed participants to further improve their knowledge of the associated issues;
♦  Offered a forum to discuss challenges, concerns and issues arising from the specific infrastructure implementation issues and the potential means of resolving those issues.
 Participants During the Technical Visit to the Nuclear
Power Plant in Flamanville

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