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Interregional Workshop on Leadership and Management for Introducing and Expanding Nuclear Power Programmes

10 - 21 August 2015


The main objective of this workshop is to help decision makers and those responsible for developing and implementing a nuclear programme in emerging nuclear power States obtain knowledge and develop the skills and abilities needed for success in this undertaking. Activities would revolve around three major inter-related objectives: (i) providing knowledge of 19 infrastructure issues a State should consider when establishing a nuclear power programme and the actions necessary to establish the nuclear safety infrastructure; (ii) sensitizing participants about the specific processes, organization and management systems related to nuclear power; and (iii) further strengthening the networking among emerging nuclear power countries and sharing international experiences and best practices.

The first part of the workshop is intended to provide guidance and tools to assist the key personnel in the development of the necessary managerial and technical framework to address the 19 infrastructure issues. The workshop will also help to accumulate and disseminate information and guidance that will help Member States to: (i) identify and assess the key issues that affect decisions on the introduction of nuclear power; (ii) establish a management framework for planning, control, implementation, and coordination of a nuclear power project; and establish a safety infrastructure in compliance with international norms. It will also be an excellent opportunity to discuss proven and modern approaches 'face-to-face', and to share information on needs, experiences and lessons learned from the nuclear industry.

The second part of the workshop is to help current or future owners/operators, regulators, suppliers and other organisations connected to nuclear facilities and activities establish management systems consistent with IAEA guidance. The workshop should help Member States embarking on or expanding a nuclear energy programme, develop, implement, assess and continually improve management systems that incorporate international best practices, enhance nuclear safety and improve quality management and quality assurance in all the phases of developing a nuclear power plant.

Expected Output(s)

The expected outputs of the workshop are:

  • CD presentations and other workshop documents sharing information on challenges or issues and good practices or solutions from around the world, relating to establishing management systems for nuclear energy programmes and nuclear power plant projects.
  • Discover the political impact of nuclear power programmes and projects.
  • Learn strategies for introducing and expanding nuclear power programme.
  • Review options for finance and funding of NPP as well as the financial and procurement structures of nuclear power programmes and projects.
  • Understand all contracting mechanisms and implications in nuclear power projects, with special emphasis on Engineering, Procurement and Construction contracting management.
  • Learn siting related issues and implication including impact of economy, engineering and environment in site selection.
  • Understand options and alternatives for spent fuel and radioactive waste management.
  • Uncover advantages and disadvantages of different reactors design.
  • Navigate the complex regulations and legal requirements in the nuclear industry.
  • Meeting participants with enhanced understanding of management system design and implementation for NPP project management to enhance safety.
  • Meeting participants with greater knowledge and comprehension of what safety-focused management systems are, how they work, their value and importance, and how they function or operate in the real world.
  • Feedback to help the Agency improve the guidance it provides through its publications and other services to Member States.

Scope and Nature

This workshop, planned for two weeks, is intended to provide a broad overview of all the nuclear power management and safety infrastructure concepts and their applications to nuclear power programmes, including the nuclear power plant project. The workshop is intended for high level people and decision makers leading the project/programme, as it provides an overview of all the processes and issues and could be viewed as a "Know-What" or "Basic Overview" Workshop. This workshop is therefore structured in 2 main aspects divided into the following 13 modules:

Course Introduction, Nuclear and Policies
Module 01: Energy policies and strategies
Module 02: Fundamentals of Nuclear Technology, Safety and Radiation Protection
Legal, Safety, Security and Safeguard Infrastructure
Module 03 Governmental, Legal and Regulatory Frameworks and International legal instruments
Module 04 Nuclear Safety Infrastructure, Security and Safeguard Considerations
Module 05 Siting, Environmental Considerations, Emergency Preparedness and Response
Other Infrastructure Aspects
Module 06: Stepwise "Milestones" Approach : Considerations, Organization and Evaluation
Module 07 Technology Assessment, Future Designs and Grid considerations
Module 08 Fuel Cycle and Waste Management
Module 09 Construction, Commissioning and Operation
Module 10 Financing, Contracting and Ownership
Management Aspects
Module 11 Institutional, Human Resource Development and Nuclear Knowledge Management
Module 12 Stakeholder Involvement and Nuclear Communication
Module 13 Project Management, Integrated Management Systems and Leadership in NP Programme, consisting on:
  • The basic principles of nuclear power programme management and the role of management systems
  • Establishing a management system
  • Leadership and organisational culture
  • Stakeholder communication and involvement
  • Resource management
  • Process management
  • Monitoring, Measurement, Assessment and Improvement
Other Aspects

Visit to a Facility: NPP Workshop Center / NPP Simulators
Exercise in Infrastructure Development
The above aspects provide an outline of the main considerations with respect to building a nuclear power infrastructure. Special emphasis is placed on safety, security and emergency strategies for nuclear power programmes and the other issues as well as leadership and management of nuclear power infrastructures activities, in the context of the approach presented in the Milestones document and corresponding IAEA Safety Requirements and Guides.

The workshop will be conducted as a series of presentations by the IAEA staff, international experts, management and technical specialists of the Argonne National Laboratory, the US nuclear community, and invited participants. The programme will include discussions, review of case studies, peer-to-peer exchange of good practices, and working group sessions on possible solutions to common problems. Each module includes:

  1. Presentations on the IAEA Publications and other related documents;
  2. Relevant technical presentation from US and international experts;
  3. Presentation of case studies and exercises when appropriate.

The workshop also will discuss opportunities for participants to network and continue sharing information and good practices beyond the workshop, as well as other potential future follow-up tasks and coordinated activities relating to management systems and improving quality management and quality assurance in nuclear power programmes and NPP project activities.

As Argonne is located near several Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs), a visit to one NPP will be held, subject to authorization.

The workshop will consist of lectures and presentations by international experts in the various subjects and tools outlined above. Case studies and lessons learned by the application of these tools by some Member States will also be shared.

Background Information

Developing a nuclear power programme is a major undertaking that involves many complex and interrelated activities with a long duration - usually about 10 to 15 years - leading up to start of operation of the first nuclear power plant. These activities involve, inter alia, planning, preparation and investment in a sustainable infrastructure that provides legal, regulatory, technological, human resources, economical, financial and industrial support to ensure that the programme is developed exclusively for peaceful purposes and in a safe and secure manner.

The increased interest in nuclear power in a significant number of countries has prompted the IAEA to develop a publication titled Milestones in the Development of a National Infrastructure for Nuclear Power [1], which identifies 19 separate, but interrelated and largely interdependent, infrastructural issues to be addressed by a State that is considering the introduction of nuclear power as part of its national energy strategy. This publication provides the necessary guidance to Member States to properly plan their development, with due attention to the necessity of : i) enhancing human resources and infrastructure across a number of areas, ii) establishing an independent and effective regulatory framework, and iii) adhering to relevant international legal instruments. The 19 infrastructural issues can be considered in three broad phases or timelines each with its own milestones, which run from the concept of developing nuclear power in a Member State, to the commissioning and operation of a first nuclear power plant (NPP). The effort required to build a nuclear power infrastructure may vary significantly among countries, depending on the level of political and financial commitment of the country, the nuclear facilities currently being operated and regulated in the country, as well as the nuclear expertise of the main national role players. In this context, realistic strategies and road maps, effective leadership, good management practices and sound procedures that help to preserve nuclear skills and knowledge are key components for a successful nuclear power programme.

A complementary Safety Guide SSG-16 - Establishing the Safety Infrastructure for a Nuclear Power Programme, has been developed to provide guidance to States considering introduction of a nuclear power programme on the actions necessary to establish a safety infrastructure complying with IAEA Safety Standards. Two hundred specific actions in 20 categories are identified. They are divided into broad time phases similar to those identified in the Milestone Document.


Module Reference and Ranking Guide.docx
Overviews for Workshop.docx
L1.4 Role of Nuclear Energy in Base Load Planning.pdf
2.1 Evolution and Technology of NPPs.pdf
2.2 Timeline for the Discovery of Nuclear Fission.pdf
L3.1 Reg Framework.pdf
3.2 Intl Framework 3S.pdf
3.3 NRC Overview.pdf
L3.4 Key Elements.pdf
5.3 Environmental Impact Assessment.pdf
L7.3 Management and Oversight of NPP Construction.pdf
11.1 Management Leadership and Safety Culture.pdf
ENER554 Module 03 Safety Licensing.pdf
ENER554 Module 04 Fuel Cycle.pdf
Introduction to Security of Nuclear Materials n Facilities.pdf
L12.1 Stakeholder Management.pdf
L13.5 NPP Project Feasibility n Mgmt.pdf
L13.6 Construction Tech n Mgmt for NPP Projects.pdf
L13.7 Criteria for NPP Selection.pdf
NPP Seminar - Learning Objectives.pdf
Owners Engineer.pdf
State Systems for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Material (SSACs).pdf
INPO - WANO Overview.pdf
ExelonLdrshp n Mgt.pdf
Description of the Major Design Features.pdf
Intro to BPMS.pdf
Nuclear Safety Reg.pdf
Cyber Security.pdf
Key Global Trends.pdf
Contracting n Ownership Structures.pdf
10 Financial_Modeling_Concepts.pdf
Management Principles and Practices.pdf
Radioactive Waste SNF Management.pdf
L8.4 Intro to Decomm Process.pdf
L13 Knowledge Management.pdf
L1.2 Energy_Sustainable_Development.pdf
L7.1 Reactor Tech Eval.pdf
19 Milestones Phase 2.pdf
19 Milestones Phase 3.pdf
Daily Evaluation
Administration Evaluation