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Regional Excellence Programme on Safe Nuclear Energy

Norwegian Cooperation Programme with Romania


The Romanian National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control (CNCAN) and the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) have agreed to fund an IAEA Extra Budgetary Programme (EBP) on safe nuclear energy in Romania.

Chernavoda Nuclear Power Plant (Photo: NRPA)
Programme Promoter:
The Romanian National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control - Comisia Nationala pentru Controlul Activitatilor Nucleare (CNCAN)

Main Programme Partner:
Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA)

Other partners:
Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica S.A. (SNN)
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Total programme cost:
€ 4.120.000

Programme organisation and timeline:
All programme activities are organised under an IAEA Extra Budgetary Programme (EBP) and are expected to be completed by 30.04.2011.

Background:
The Romanian National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control (CNCAN) and the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) have agreed to fund an IAEA Extra Budgetary Programme (EBP) on safe nuclear energy in Romania. The programme aims to reduce the risk of nuclear accidents and improve preparedness and response of emergency organizations and personnel in Romania.

85% of the programme funds come from a grant from Innovation Norway (project: 2008/115227) on behalf of the Norwegian Government on the basis of an application from CNCAN, the project promoter, and NRPA, the project partner. The rest of 15% of the programme funds come from Romania in form of cash and in-kind (human resources) contributions. 

The programme consists of ten projects that address the enhancement needs of the Romanian National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control (CNCAN) and of the Romanian nuclear power plant operator (SNN) regarding safety related activities. The programme has a special focus on the revision and establishment of regulatory instruments such as regulations, guidelines, documents and quality assurance of regulatory activities. Improvements will be done in five focus areas: safety assessment, safety culture, capacity building, emergency preparedness, and management systems.

Specific objectives:

On the regulator side the programme aims to:

  • Conduct the Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission in Romania and implement recommendations from that mission
  • Train CNCAN staff members to conduct independent review of the design basis accident analysis
  • Train CNCAN staff members to conduct level 2 probabilistic safety analysis (PSA)
  • Develop regulatory procedures/guidelines for implementation of risk informed process
  • Develop methodology and tools for assessment of safety culture in licensees’ organizations
  • Train CNCAN staff members to conduct safety culture assessment
  • Develop knowledge management policy and framework
  • Train CNCAN staff members to use knowledge management as a key part of CNCAN’s regulatory system
  • Develop CNCAN’s implementation plan for ensuring sustainable education and training in nuclear safety
  • Conduct an Independent Emergency Preparedness Review (EPREV) mission and implement recommendations from that mission
  • Complete evaluation report on emergency preparedness and response (EPR) arrangements in Romania
  • Conduct a number of training modules on EPR arrangements (exact number of modules to be determined after EPREV mission).
  • Train CNCAN staff members on EPR arrangements
  • Develop a set of performance indicators to measure regulatory effectiveness

On the nuclear power plant operator side the programme intends to:

  • Improve a number of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) areas
  • Develop an Enterprise Risk Manual
  • Train SNN staff members to use the Enterprise Risk Manual
  • Develop an ERM risk register
  • Complete baseline reports on implementation and evaluation of Management Systems at SNN (1 for power plant and 1 for headquarters)
  • Complete implementation, transition/improvement plans based on performed reviews
  • Complete reports on results of implementation of Integrated Management Systems based on prepared plans
  • Complete assessment report and gap analysis on EPR arrangements at SNN
  • Develop a number of methodologies and tools which aim to enhance EPR arrangements within SNN (to be further defined after EPREV mission)
  • Train staff members on EPR arrangements
  • Complete review report on effectiveness of implemented EPR arrangements
  • Update site evaluation data topics
  • Train SNN staff members to perform external hazards evaluation
  • Develop External Hazards Analysis Report
  • Develop methodology and tools for self-assessment of the safety culture at SNN
  • Train SNN staff members in the safety culture assessment
  • Conduct a Safety Culture Assessment Review Team (SCART) mission and implement recommendations from that mission

NRPA role in the programme:
As main partner in the programme, NRPA assists CNCAN, the project promoter, in fulfilling the implementation of the programme. NRPA participates in the management of the programme. NRPA also assist with legal issues related to the programme, including establishing relevant agreements between all organizations involved in the programme, working out solutions to fulfil programme funder’s requirements, while maintaining all organisations’ internal policies and procedures. Furthermore, NRPA continually assesses the programme goals and objectives against programme indicators as well as recommended measures from the Convention on Nuclear Safety.
NRPA manages the programme financial account and transfers funds to the programme partners. NRPA organizes programme’s external audits and assist to the programme participants in communication with Innovation Norway.

Important programme events:

  • First kick off meeting was held at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna on 24-25 September 2009.
  • First Technical Meeting on EPR arrangements in Romania was held in Bucharest on 07-09 October 2009.
  • Axiopolis 2009 – EPR exercise in Bucharest and Constanta was conducted on 19-23 October 2009. NRPA and IAEA representatives participated at the exercises as observers.
  • First Joint-Steering Committee and the Programme Committee meetings were held in Oslo on 9-10 November 2009.
  • First external audit of the programme was conducted by KPMG on 8 December 2009.
  • Second Joint-Steering Committee and the Programme Committee meetings were held at IEAE in Vienna on 4-5 March 2010.
  • First meeting of joint Romanian-Bulgarian EPR exercise planning group was held at BNRA in Sofia on 9-10 March 2010. Joint Romanian-Bulgarian exercise is planned to be conducted in April 2011.
  • IAEA expert mission on current status of the safety culture oversight programme was held at CNCAN on 8-12 March 2010. 
  • Independent Emergency Preparedness Review (EPREV) mission in Romania was performed by IAEA on 22-28 March 2010.
  • IAEA expert mission on information gathering related to capacity building and knowledge management, training and staff retention was held in Romania on 12-21 April 2010.

Contact person:
Pavel Tishakov, Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority: pavel.tishakov@nrpa.no

External links:
• CNCAN
• SNN
• IAEA , EBP Romania page
• Innovation Norway