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PROJECT TEAM

 

The consortium made of ITER-Consult (IT), BNRA  (BG), HAEA (HU), ISPRA (IT),  JSI  (SI), NRG (NH), SNSA (SLO), TUV SUD ET (DE), TUV SUD IS (DE), WP (BG) constitutes the Project Team represented by ITER-Consult.

                             

The ‘’project team’’ ensures the required  knowhow, skills, experience, competence and human resources to correctly and effectively fulfil the project objectives, implement the activities and reach the expected results.

Our strength - The proposed project team includes 4 EU NRAs (BNRA, ISPRA, HAEA, SNSA),  and 6 EU TSOs (ITER, NRG, JSI, WP, TUV SUD ET, TUV SUD IS). It owns all competencies required to be transferred to the beneficiary NRAs and TSOs through the T&T activity: these skills  are used in the regulatory and technical work of every day of the members of our team.

The know-how and experience of our team include: legal and regulatory framework, regulatory responsibilities and functions; management of licensing activities; regulatory decision process and authorization; inspection and enforcement; deterministic and probabilistic safety;  safety assessment and evaluation in the licensing phases for siting, design, construction, operation and upgrading of NPP and other nuclear facilities including RRs, RW and SF management facilities;  review of SAR and PSA content, perform independent safety assessment by use of qualified computer codes, regulatory licensing of decommissioning activities, authorization and control on application of radioactive sources.

As technology it is owned full knowledge and experience of: BWR, PWR and WWER type of NPP, several types of Research Reactors, RW Management  facilities, decommissioning of NF.

The team has consolidate experience in cooperation with NRAs and TSOs of beneficiary countries including training and tutoring tasks to transfer knowhow and EU practices. This experience includes also the support to define capacity development strategy plan  setting up related HR development and training programs. This experience together with extensive regulatory/TSO experience allows the team to design and tailor T&T courses fully and effectively fitting the need of the Partner Countries (capacity confirmed in the previous EC INSC project MC.03/10 LOT1).


The capacity and experience of our team,capitalizing from the strength of each team partner and their senior expertise, is such to ensure the effective implementation and execution of project activities with the best benefit for the beneficiaries.

To be underlined the important participation as ‘’consortium members’’ of the regulatory bodies from  Italy, Slovenia, Hungary and Bulgaria having both experience, since decades, of regulation, licensing and supervision of NPP, fuel cycle facilities, RR, RWM facilities, decommissioning, radiation protection, emergency preparedness, etc..

This will allow the team to benefit of the regulatory point of view in the implementation of project activities, in the understanding of needs of the partner countries and in designing and implementing training courses with contents, as close as possible, to the needs of the beneficiary NRAs/TSOs of partner countries.

The EU regulators  of our team are all members of ENSREG and their presence will ensure and facilitate the transfer of correspondent agreed EU policies and practices, which is one of the purposes of the project.
The regulator will also ensure, based on their relation with the Licensee, the possibility to organize site visits during training and tutoring activity carried out at their headquarter: this to maximize the effectiveness and the benefit for the beneficiaries.

The TSO organizations of our team will ensure the transfer of  knowhow and competence in the field of safety assessment in support to regulatory and licensing activity and will make available their facilities in EU and outside EU. To be underlined the importance to have in our team the
 Nuclear Training Centre (ICJT) operated by the JSI providing theoretical and practical training of various nuclear professionals in nuclear and radiation safely (including RW management) working in the industry, regulatory body and the technical support organisations.
In collaboration with the IAEA the Nuclear Training Centre has developed into a “Regional Resource Centre IAEA” and organized more than 100 international courses in different areas of nuclear technology, nuclear safety and radiation protection.

The partners of our team are normally cooperating with IAEA in activities (WG, FORUM, etc.) dealing with capacity building programs and initiatives for professional trainings. This facilitates the coordination and cooperation with IAEA during the project implementation.
The configuration of the consortium guarantees its full neutrality in the performance of the work, since no member is in conflict of interest in proposing particular approaches or solutions. It is also underlined the attitude of the team to promote nuclear safety and in no event the nuclear technology as such, in coherence with the INSC regulation.

Our team has successfully implemented the first INSC Project MC03/10 LOT1 for training and tutoring under the EC contract awarded in December 2011 designing, implementing and evaluating:
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Thirteen training courses  for an overall duration of 13 weeks (10 developed as ‘’dedicated’’ and 3 adopted as ‘’existing’’) for a total of 151 trainees. It includes the first ‘’regional course’’ organized in cooperation with ANNuR  in Hammamet (Tunisia) in April 2013 with the participation of 26 trainees.
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Nine tutoring courses carried out at NRAs/ TSOs headquarters in EU (ISPRA/ITER, SNSA/JSI, SCK-CEN, BNRA) for an overall duration of 16 months and involving 19 tutees coming from NRA of Ukraine, Brazil, Vietnam, Mexico, Armenia, Belarus, Jordan, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and Iraq.

Profiles of consortium members

ITER-Consult (IT) ITER-Consult is an expert organization that provides technical assessments and independent evaluation and review in the field of nuclear and radiation safety for design, construction, commissioning, operation and decommissioning of nuclear facilities, with the final objective to ensure protection of workers, public and environment.
The services are provided to Nuclear Regulatory Authorities, Public Administrations, Governments, European Union institutions and other international organizations (e.g IAEA) in support of their regulatory, licensing and study activities, being therefore at the service of national and international community.

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TER has long lasting experience in international cooperation and participation in EC cooperation projects. ITER is member of the TSO Forum established at IAEA in close working relations with the RCF (Regulator Cooperation Forum).

The technical capabilities of ITER-Consult are multidisciplinary and cover the major areas of nuclear safety, radiation safety and waste safety with respect to site evaluation, design, construction, commissioning, operation, decommissioning of nuclear installations and radioactive waste and spent fuel management.  Support to Nuclear Regulatory Authorities in licensing activity is provided by performing technical evaluations and reviews of site analysis reports, safety analysis reports, environmental impact reports, periodic safety reviews and other relevant  technical assessments.

The internal organization ensures:
­        projects’ technical management and coordination
­        technical review and supervision
­        resources management
­        coordination of internal and external interface
­        quality management system
­        administrative and financial management

ITER-Consult is certified ISO 9001-2008 n.73 100 3117
In its activity ITER-Consult cooperates with national and international organizations on nuclear safety related activities.
The experience of ITER-Consult in the EU cooperation projects with NRAs and TSOs of beneficiary countries includes transfer of know-how and competence, safety assessment methodologies and the performing of training and tutoring activities.

BNRA - Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (BG) - The Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Agency was established by Council of Ministers Decree No. 603 of 4 June 1957, following the ratification by Bulgaria of the Statute of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Under the Act on the Safe Use of Nuclear Energy, BNRA is an independent specialized body of the executive power, which is responsible for the state regulation of the safe use of nuclear energy and ionizing radiation and of the safe management of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel.
BNRA mission is the protection of people, society, future generations and environment from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation. BNRA structure, activity and organization are determined in the Rules of Procedure of the organization. BNRA administration is organized in General and Specialized Administration.

Since 2003 BNRA has available a Training Centre at its premises e in Sofia by which it is ensured the implementation of intensive training of the new personnel. The national and international technical meetings, training courses and workshops aim at acquainting the personnel with the national and international regulatory practices, requirements of the new legislative framework, development of legal documents according to Act on the Safe Use of Nuclear Energy (ASUNE) and the European legislation, etc.

BNRA can provide training and tutoring of staff from regulatory body in various fields strictly linked with the regulatory function and responsibility including, for instance, licensing management, regulatory inspections, decision making process, emergency preparedness.

HAEA – Hungarian Atomic Energy Agency (HU) – HAEA is the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Hungary which is a central public administration body established by and acting under the control of the Government in the field of peaceful applications of atomic energy with specified authority. The HAEA has the ISO Certification proving that its quality management system meets the requirements of the international standards ISO 9001:2008 for the activities of "Regulation and control of the safe and peaceful use of nuclear energy".
The nuclear facilities and activities in Hungary regulated by HAEA are: NPP with 4 units WWER 440/213 type in operation, Research-training reactor: pool-type, EK-10 fuel - 100kW, interim spent fuel dry storage facility of modular vault type and RW storage/disposal facilities.
Plans have been recently developed in Hungary for the construction of new builds.

HAEA has regulatory competence related to lifecycle of nuclear installation: siting, design, operation, life management, lifetime extension; operation of nuclear installation: measurement techniques, engineering equipments; technical and scientific background: thermohydraulics, reactor physics, statistics, range concept, meteorology, informatics.

In the frame of the international cooperation HAEA is active in different programs promoting nuclear and radiation safety on the site of the regulatory function: EU INSC , IAEA, bilateral cooperation with partner countries outside EU.

ISPRA – Istituto Superiore Protezione Ricerca Ambientale (IT) – ISPRA is the Italian Nuclear Regulatory Authority. It is a public Institute, institutionally under the aegis of the Italian Ministry of Environment. As it concerns the role of Italian Nuclear Regulatory Authority, ISPRA (before APAT, ANPA,  ENEA DISP, CNEN) is assigned with all the previous  responsibilities and duties concerning the licensing and the control of all the activities related to the peaceful  use of nuclear energy and radiation sources.
As nuclear regulator ISPRA’s activities include: definition of safety objectives, safety requirements and criteria, issue of technical guidelines in the field of nuclear safety and radiation protection, safety assessment of design, construction and operation of nuclear installation, inspection and enforcement during construction and operation of nuclear installation, control of radiation protection of workers and public, monitoring of environmental radioactivity, control of the industrial and civil use of radioisotopes and radiation generating machines, control of transportation of radioactive and fissile materials, control of nuclear waste management and storage, licensing and control of decommissioning activity of nuclear installation, implementation of safeguards agreements under Non Proliferation Treaty.

The Italian Nuclear Regulator, in coherence with its institutional role since 1992 participated in multilateral and bilateral programs of assistance to Eastern European Countries in the field of nuclear and radiation safety.
The Italian Nuclear Regulator has contributed since middle of nineties to the EU enlargement process participating in the working groups and review missions of the European Union Council dealing with the evaluation of nuclear safety of candidate countries. ISPRA is member of the WENRA and member of the ENSREG.
The Italian Nuclear Regulator has contributed to various PHARE, TACIS or INSC projects to strengthen Regulatory Authority (Slovenia, Russia, Slovakia, Romania, Lithuania, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Egypt) covering aspects related to:  legal framework and  regulations, licensing procedures and requirements, siting safety requirements, licensing management, methodological approach and safety assessments for licensing of plant modifications, periodic safety review, emergency preparedness, radioactive waste management, decommissioning requirements and licensing approach, transportation of radioactive material, in service inspection.

JSI -  Jožef Stefan Institute (SI) - The Jožef Stefan Institute is the leading Slovenian research organization. It is responsible for a broad spectrum of basic and applied research in the fields of natural sciences and technology. The staff of around 850 specialists in research in physics, chemistry and biochemistry, electronics and information science, nuclear technology and nuclear safety, energy utilization and environmental science. The basic goals of the Institute are to provide expert scientific and applied output in the form of processes, products and consultancy, and to produce well-trained young scientists. The underlying philosophy is that these objectives can be achieved only if based on international class scientific research.

The Jožef Stefan Institute is accredited as a Technical Support Organization (TSO) to the Slovene nuclear regulatory body (URSJV) in questions related to the safety of nuclear and radiation facilities.
Institute operates a dedicated Nuclear Training Centre (ICJT). The main activity is the theoretical and practical training of various nuclear professionals in nuclear and radiation safely (including RW management) working in the industry, regulatory body and the technical support organisations. ICJT also represents and entry point for the training on safety issues of the future experts for NPP both as safety analysts  or as operators of the nuclear power plant. Other training activities include radiation protection and RW management.
In collaboration with the IAEA the Nuclear training centre has developed into a “Regional Resource Centre IAEA” and organized more than 100 international courses in different areas of nuclear technology, nuclear safety and radiation protection.
JSI has also provisions to inform the general public about nuclear technologies.
Within the project EuropeAid/13069/c/SER/Multi »Training and Tutoring for experts of the nuclear regulatory authorities and their technical safety organizations (TSOs) for developing and strengthening their regulatory and technical capabilities« led by ITER-Consult, JSI provided training and tutoring on different topics: Evaluation and safety assessment of NPP SAR, NPP PSA, Research Reactors.

NRG - Nuclear Services for Energy & Health (NH) - The Nuclear Research & consultancy Group (NRG) located at Petten and Arnhem in the Netherlands offers a wide range of services to energy utilities, government organizations and other private and public sectors, the medical sector and financial services. NRG has extended capabilities for technical assessment in the field of nuclear and radiation safety which are provided to national technical support and international cooperation.
NRG has dedicated staff of about 350 employees. NRG has available research facilities and laboratories: like a 45 MW research reactor (the HFR), hot-cell labs (HCL), laboratories for research and analyses, decontamination facilities and the radio-isotope production facilities.
One of NRGs’ services is training and education. The training and education is offered to NRG employees as well as to trainees from clients of NRG. All courses are offered at regular bases and as ‘in-company’ courses. Trainings are given in the field of radiation protection (continuous education and further training), nuclear technology and nuclear safety (mostly education).
NRG has experts on licensing and safety, both at Nuclear Power Plants and at the Research Reactor. Content of their work includes requirements for design and operation of nuclear facilities, SAR, ageing management (both of NPPs and of research reactors) and regulatory oversight of research reactors. Computer codes are available in the area of reactor physics, T/H, severe accidents, radiological consequences, structural and stress analysis, probabilistic analysis. Suitable facilities are available for conducting training courses.

SNSA - Slovenian Nuclear Safety Administration (SI) - is the Slovenian Nuclear Regulatory Authority. The SNSA is a part of the state administration, established to perform administrative, inspection and other control tasks in the area of nuclear safety. The SNSA is an independent body within the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning. The SNSA has its own budget, which is a part of the budget of the Ministry.
The SNSA performs specialised technical and administrative tasks and inspection oversight in the area of radiation and nuclear safety, radiation practices and use of radiation sources (except in health and veterinary care), protection of the environment against ionising radiation, physical protection of nuclear materials and nuclear facilities, non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and safeguards of nuclear goods; the SNSA furthermore monitors radioactivity in the environment, third party liability, and transport, import and export of radioactive materials. The SNSA is competent for giving the consents in the licensing of the construction of a nuclear or radiation facility, carrying out the mining works, start of trial operation and closure of the repository of radioactive waste, spent nuclear fuel or mining and milling waste. Furthermore SNSA is issuing licences for the construction, cessation of operation, start and/or completion of the decommissioning of the nuclear and radiation facility, closure of the repository and completion of mining works for nuclear mineral raw materials.
In the area of nuclear safety the examples of important regulatory tasks performed recently comprise: plant life extension, PSR (the Krško NPP, Triga RR), flooding threat re-evaluation, environmental qualification, various plant modifications (e.g. reactor head replacement, 3rd diesel generator. The radiation monitoring section deals with on-line early warning system (EWS), environmental contamination data collection, runs database on radiological data in the environment and is capable of modelling of contamination dispersion during emergencies. SNSA has experience as the beneficiary as well as the provider of EC assistance. From 1995 to 2001 the SNSA received the assistance within the RAMG framework to harmonize its practices and regulations with the western standards. This assistance proved useful, thus the SNSA successfully finished aligning domestic nuclear and radiation protection legislation with the EU acquis. In 2012 this legislation was fully harmonized with the latest WENRA requirements, which puts Slovenia among the first countries achieving this goal.
Within the project EuropeAid/13069/c/SER/Multi »Training and Tutoring for experts of the nuclear regulatory authorities and their technical safety organizations (TSOs) for developing and strengthening their regulatory and technical capabilities« the SNSA provided tutoring for participants from Brazil, Mexico, Jordan, Vietnam, Philippines, Iraq and Indonesia. The SNSA also provided experts the for training courses held in the framework of this projects by covering topics such as safety analyses of NPPs, PSA, safety of research reactors and emergency preparedness.

TÜV SÜD ET - TÜV SÜD Energietechnik GmbH Baden-Württemberg (DE) and TÜV SÜD IS - TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH (DE) – TÜV SÜD is a premium quality, safety, and sustainability solutions provider that specialises in testing, inspection, auditing, certification, training, and knowledge services. Since 1866, we have remained committed to our founding principle of protecting people, property and the environment from technology-related risks. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, TÜV SÜD is represented in more than 800 locations worldwide. Our dedicated team of 20,000 multi-disciplinary experts are recognised as specialists in their respective fields. By combining impartial expertise with invaluable insights, we add tangible value to businesses, consumers and the environment. Working in close partnership, we support you with a comprehensive suite of services worldwide to increase efficiency, reduce overheads and manage risk.

TÜV SÜD operates a team of almost 1,000 highly qualified nuclear engineers and scientists that are highly specialised in the nuclear business, with extensive international experience. TÜV SÜD has a strong reputation as an independent third-party technical service provider predominately for regulators (TSO) but also for suppliers, vendors and operators in the nuclear sector. TÜV SÜD services cover the complete lifecycle from licensing, designing & construction through to plant operation, radiation protection, decommissioning and disposal of residual radioactive waste for nuclear facilities. In this regard TÜV SÜD provides technical consulting support in the areas of nuclear engineering, safety case assessment, structural engineering, radioactive waste, electrical engineering, planning and organization. Its multidisciplinary team adopts a holistic approach using the full scope of in-depth nuclear knowledge. International projects have been carried out in Argentina, Brazil, Finland, Japan, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

TÜV SÜD Energietechnik GmbH Baden-Württemberg (TÜV SÜD ET) is part of the TÜV SÜD Group and was established more than 50 years ago (when the peaceful utilization of nuclear energy began in Germany). TÜV SÜD ET employs almost 200 highly qualified nuclear engineers and scientists that are highly specialised in the nuclear business, with extensive international experience. TÜV SÜD ET implemented a Quality Management System with respect to the standard ISO 9001.

TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH (TÜV SÜD IS) is part of the TÜV SÜD Group and was established more than 50 years ago (when the peaceful utilization of nuclear energy began in Germany). TÜV SÜD IS employs more than 200 highly qualified nuclear engineers and scientists that are highly specialised in the nuclear business, with extensive international experience. TÜV SÜD IS implemented a Quality Management System with respect to the standard ISO 9001.

WP - Worley Parsons Nuclear Services JSC (BG) - WorleyParsons delivers projects, provides expertise in engineering, procurement and construction and offers a wide range of consulting  services.  Presently, Worley Parsons operates 157 offices in 46 countries and is employing more than 35,600 professionals. The comprehensive geographic presence enables WP to provide  customers with a unique combination of extensive global resources, world-recognized technical expertise and deep local knowledge. WP capability and experience are recognized by the Engineering News Record (ENR), which in 2014, for a second year in a row, ranks Worley Parsons first among the top international design firms.

Capability in Nuclear - Worley Parsons is a provider of professional technical, construction and project management services to the nuclear power industry for more than 55 years. It includes  plant engineering and design, safety assessment, modifications and construction management.
Within the comprehensive suite of nuclear services, WorleyParsons offers matchless capabilities in areas that are central to success in nuclear plant design, licensing, construction, and operation. The  nuclear capabilities are independent of any specific reactor technology, which makes WP uniquely qualified to provide unbiased and fully informed assistance to customers seeking to select the system best suited to meet their requirements.

NuclearExperience - WorleyParsons’ nuclear experience dates back to the 1950s with participation in design and construction of the first commercial nuclear power plant in the United States, Japan, Korea, and Slovenia. Since then, WorleyParsons has contributed to the successful commissioning of 16 nuclear generating units, totaling more than 11,100 MWe, and provided support to 55 operating NPPs worldwide. Drawing from this experience, WorleyParsons has become a respected consultancy and engineering services provider engaged in multiple new nuclear projects in Europe, FSU, Middle East, Africa, and USA. WorleyParsons has been also supporting the development of nuclear programs in the countries of Egypt, Jordan, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Turkey, and Armenia.

TrainingCapabilityThe varied expertise gained across the industry has built up a large knowledge base, which is shared with customers, especially those needing assistance for their first nuclear projects or for specific areas of managing their existing nuclear assets.
Worley Parsons has provided training and transfer of knowledge to client personnel in order to develop them for the future performance of their duties. Topics of training have included IAEA safety standards and requirements and the SARRP tool (Safety Analysis Report Review Plan), ISO standards, reactor technologies and specific engineering discipline topics. WP assists  customers in identifying staff core competences, evaluating gaps needing training, and then developing  training programs for Client’s staff, following-up the training programs and assessing their adequacy and effectiveness, conducting staff interviews to assess development and growth, etc.

 

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