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EUROSAFE 2017

6 & 7 November 2017
Paris, France

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The EUROSAFE News features contributions provided by its members on current projects, scientific or technical issues and ongoing developments in the field of nuclear safety, nuclear waste management and radiological protection as well as on respective events. In addition, it also serves as a platform for information on the activities of the European Technical Safety Organisations Network (ETSON).

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VTT was established 75 years ago on January 16, 1942. Behind us we have a life-long way of research and technology – ahead of us many interesting work and challenges, which result in great new innovations. We work for the wellbeing of Finland and build a better and sustainable future together with our partners.

Nuclear energy research at VTT started in small scale in 1958 in the laboratory of technical physics led by professor (later academician) Erkki Laurila. At the beginning of the 1970’s there was a strong increase in the nuclear energy research at VTT to seven laboratories and

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VTT's new Centre for Nuclear Safety was inaugurated in a ceremony held in Espoo.

"Nuclear power and its safe use continue to play a major role in the world, which sets a high value on continuous, carbon-free power generation, safe energy production and responsible actions with respect to the environment and climate change. Research, expertise, knowledge and responsibility are key factors in the use of nuclear power. VTT's Nuclear Safety House fulfils precisely these objectives," said Antti Vasara, President & CEO of VTT, in his opening speech.

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT) actively participates in  SAFIR2018  in all of its research areas: plant safety and systems engineering, reactor safety, and structural safety and materials (see http://safir2018.vtt.fi/).

Since 1960’s VTT’s experts have contributed to the licensing of the  NPP’s in Finland by providing expertise in reactor core, structural safety, I&C and organisation related deterministic and probabilistic safety analyses. SAFIR programmes have had a significant role in the training of experts.

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Coordinated public research programmes on nuclear waste management have been active in Finland...

VTT continues to support Posiva Oy in progressing towards operation of the first-in-the-world...

On 29 November 2016, special events took place at Chornobyl NPP (ChNPP) to celebrate successful...

Marat Mustafin, Ukrainian Researcher from the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear...

The construction of the Centralized Spent Fuel Storage Facility (Centralized SFSF) is very...

The events in eastern and southern Ukraine posed new challenges in the regulation of nuclear and...

The State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS)...

About

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„EUROSAFE“ is a global and European initiative aimed at promoting the convergence of technical nuclear safety practices in Europe. It is formed and managed by the EUROSAFE partners Amec Foster Wheeler (United Kingdom), Bel V (Belgium), CSN (Spain), CV REZ (Czech Republic), MTA EK (Hungary), GRS (Germany), ANVS (The Netherlands), INRNE BAS (Bulgaria), IRSN (France), NRA (Japan), JSI (Slovenia), LEI (Lithuania), PSI (Switzerland), SSM (Sweden), SEC NRS (Russia), SSTC NRS (Ukraine), VTT (Finland), VUJE (Slovakia), a group of technical safety organisations (TSOs) and European regulatory bodies with nuclear safety expertise and competent in nuclear safety assessments, that create the EUROSAFE Association and the Programme Committee. Some of these organisations are also members of ETSON, the European Technical Safety Organisations Network.

With a view to promoting the formation of a European scientific and technical network in the field of nuclear safety, the EUROSAFE Association has the following objectives:

  • to form a suitable forum for exchanges on analyses and R&D in the field of nuclear safety,to share experiences, and to exchange technical and scientific opinions,
  • to contribute to fostering the convergence of technical nuclear safety practices in Europe,
  • to further the definition and the implementation of nuclear safety research programmes.

The partners are aware that a high level of nuclear safety and radiation protection is a priority for the countries of Europe; they

  • recognise the reinforcement of the European dimension in the technical, economical and societal challenges which nuclear safety has to face,
  • take note that nuclear safety expertise plays a major role in contributing to the attainment and maintenance of a high level of nuclear safety and radiation protection,
  • acknowledge that the organisations competent in nuclear safety expertise develop appropriate approaches to safety issues as part of their assessments and research activities,
  • recognise the need for increased co-operation and reinforced sharing of experience between organisations competent in nuclear safety expertise.

The EUROSAFE Forums

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The EUROSAFE Forum is an international conference on nuclear safety and security, radioactive waste management and radiological protection. Since 1999, this event brings together representatives of organisations specialised in nuclear and radiological safety techniques, research institutes, power utilities, industry, public authorities and non-governmental organisations to inform about and discuss current developments and achievements in these topics.

Nuclear energy contributes approximately one third of European electricity production. A high level of nuclear safety is a priority for the countries of Europe. The technical safety organisations play an important role in contributing to that objective through appropriate approaches to major safety issues as part of their assessments and research activities.

The challenges to nuclear safety are increasingly international. Changes in underlying technologies such as instrumentation and control, the impact of electricity market deregulation, demands for improved safety, the ageing of nuclear facilities, waste management, maintaining and improving scientific and technical knowledge and the need for greater transparency - these are all issues where the value of an international approach is gaining increasing recognition.

The development of the European Union including its 2004 enlargement will also require closer collaboration between technical safety organisations and even more convergence in European nuclear safety practices. EUROSAFE aims to respond to these needs by offering a European forum for information on and discussion of important nuclear safety issues.

The EUROSAFE Tribune

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From 2001 until 2016, GRS and IRSN published the magazine "EUROSAFE Tribune". Twice a year, this publication provided readers with articles about key issues in the world of nuclear safety and radiological protection, focusing alternately on the respective EUROSAFE Forum´s main subject and special topics.

 

Cover Tribune 29

 

  • # 6 Man-Technology-Organisation – The Safety Trilogy
  • # 5 Decision Making – A Stakeholder Involvement Issue
  • # 4 Decommissioning – The Need for a Holistic Approach
  • # 3 Convergence of Safety Practices
  • # 2 Safety of Reactor Low-Power and Shutdown States
  • # 1 Management of Nuclear Risks