Project Rationale

The main objective of this project is to enhance the technical capability of the regulatory body in assessing safety through an integrated risk informed decision making process, based on a comprehensive understanding of fundamental safety principles and safety assessment methods. Through a higher level of understanding of the technical and scientific principles involved in the evaluation of nuclear safety and taking into account lessons learned from Fukushima accident, regulatory staff competencies will be strengthened.

Outcomes

  1. Enhanced technical competency in safety assessment for regulatory body of recipient country.
  2. Improved understanding of safety principles and safety assessment methods to support risk informed decision making.

Outputs

  1. Tailored training programmes based on the Safety Assessment Education and Training (SAET) syllabus and results of the competence needs-assessment report provided to the Member State.
  2. Extensive training activities, using state of the art methods for knowledge transfer provided to the beneficiary Member State.
  3. Sustainable safety assessment capacity building framework developed in the beneficiary Member State.
  4. Effective project management, technical expertise and implementation.

Beneficiary Countries: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (primary beneficiary) and the International Nuclear Community at large and, particularly embarking countries among the INSC beneficiaries.

Upcoming Events

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Venue

Dates

Sixth Project Review Meeting on EU-IAEA Cooperation on Nuclear Vienna, Austria ​31 January, 2016
Safety Review of Projects Funded by INSC

Outputs

Output 1: Tailored training programmes based on the Safety Assessment Education and Training (SAET) syllabus and results of the competence needs-assessment report provided to the Member State

1 – Assess the competence needs of the selected developing Member States’, using the Safety Assessment Competency Evaluation Methodology
This activity is completed. This activity was initiated by the Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Authority as part of the larger self-assessment report in preparation of the IRRS Mission. The report has been sent in the 1Q 2014 to the IAEA and it used to inform the training programme implemented within this project. No EC-PUI funds were required for this activity.

2 – Tailor complete and sustainable training programmes, based on results of the assessments and the Safety Assessment Education and Training (SAET) syllabus
The activity is completed. A project plan was developed during the planning meeting in February 2014 including training of both the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) and the Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission (JNRC) on four main areas: Essential Knowledge (EK) on Safety Assessment, Practical Application on Deterministic Safety Assessment (DSA), Practical Application on Probabilistic 42 Safety Assessment (PSA) and Practical Applications on Reactor Physics Analysis.


Output 2: Extensive training activities, using state-of-the-art methods for knowledge transfer provided to the beneficiary Member State

1 – Deliver safety assessment educational modules of the Safety Assessment Education and Training (SAET) programme
The following Workshops and Meetings were conducted during the second half of 2016:

Title of Workshop: Workshop on the updated IAEA Safety Standard on Safety of Nuclear Power Plants: Design (SSR 2/1)
Date: 19-21 July 2016
Location: Amman, Jordan
Member States participating: Jordan
Description: 1 IAEA staff member (from Spain) provided lectures and 2 external experts (from Slovakia and Slovenia) prepared and delivered presentations on the practical application of the updated IAEA design safety requirements SSR 2/1 based on the IAEA TECDOC 1791 and provided expertise during the workshop.
 
Title of Workshop: Workshop on Design and Safety Assessment Principles of Nuclear Power Plants
Date: 21-25 November 2016
Location: Trieste, Italy
Member States participating: Jordan and (Malaysia, Bangladesh, Turkey, Nigeria, Poland, Belarus and Viet Nam paid by other sources).
Description: 2 IAEA staff members (from Spain and Japan) and 3 external experts (from the UK and the USA) provided the participants with a general understanding of the design principles for the design of NPPs and Safety Assessment methods and tools based on the IAEA Safety Standards as well as specific insights on some topics of particular interest for new plant designs.
 
This activity is now completed.
 

2 – Place on-site training or on the job mentoring for the staff of developing country regulator at experienced regulatory bodies or in their work setting

This activity is completed.
 

Output 3: Sustainable safety assessment capacity building framework developed in the beneficiary Member State

1 – Ensure sustainability of the training programme by establishing knowledge management tools for subsequent training
The following Workshop was conducted during the second half of 2016:

Title: Workshop on Neutron Kinetics using MOODLE e-learning tool for Jordan
Date: 24-28 July 2016
Location: Amman, Jordan
Member States participating: Jordan
Description: 1 IAEA staff member (from the USA) delivered presentations on neutron kinetics modelling and discussed with the Jordanians the use of MOODLE e-learning and 3 external experts (from Slovakia, Italy and Spain) prepared and delivered presentations on the reactor core - and on the neutron kinetics modelling using RELAP 5 computer code as well as prepared the MOODLE Platform.
 
This activity is now completed.

Output 4: Effective project management, technical expertise and implementation

 
1- Plan and monitor of project activities
This activity is completed.
 
2 – Implementation of project activities
The IAEA Secretariat is managing the projects through standard IAEA activities- consultancy services, contracts, technical meetings and training workshops.
The final report will be completed in the 1Q 2017.