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Technical Working Group on Nuclear Desalination (TWG-ND)


The Technical Working Group (TWG) on Nuclear Desalination is a group of experts to provide advice and support programme implementation, reflecting a global network of excellence and expertise in the area of nuclear seawater desalination and address challenges related to integrated water resources management in nuclear facilities. The IAEA established the International Nuclear Desalination Advisory Group (INDAG) in 1996. INDAG played an active role in the years that followed, contributing to the promotion and stimulation of nuclear desalination activities, and providing a forum for Member States to exchange information on relevant technological developments and on the demonstration and operation of integrated nuclear desalination systems. To enhance its functions, the IAEA restructured INDAG to form the Technical Working Group on Nuclear Desalination (TWG-ND) in 2008.


The TWG-ND focuses on the application of nuclear energy to seawater desalination and associated technologies, and on addressing challenges related to integrated water resources management in nuclear facilities. The scope of work includes the areas of programme assessment and planning, research, development, design, construction, economics, safety aspects, international collaboration for demonstration projects, and operation and maintenance of nuclear desalination plants. The TWG-ND will coordinate its activities with other IAEA programmes in areas of mutual interest, as well as with related activities of other international organizations, to avoid duplication of activities.


  • a) To provide advice to DDG-NE on specific topics of relevance to the IAEA's programmatic activities
  • b) To share information and knowledge on national and international programmes
  • c) To contribute to the development and/or review selected of selected IAEA publications from the IAEA Nuclear Energy Series, assess existing gaps and advise on preparation of new publications or e-learning materials 
  • d) Upon request, to present to the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE) the key findings of the TWG meeting ; and
  • e) To share experience and advice on increasing the participation of young professionals and improving the gender balance in the nuclear sector.


Members of the TWG-ND are appointed by the Deputy Director General, Department of Nuclear Energy, following consultation with the respective national authorities or organizations. The total number of Members of a TWG shall not exceed 20 (i.e. excluding Observers and Technical Advisors).

Term Duration

4 years, 2021-2024

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