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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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Amec Foster Wheeler merged with Wood Group in October 2017 to form Wood, a UK-headquartered global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. Wood operates in more than 60 countries, employs about 55,000 people and has revenues of more than $11 billion. 

As a result, Wood has become the new parent company of the Regulatory Support Directorate (RSD), which remains an independent, stand-alone, ring-fenced, autonomous organisation, separated from operations and business activities within

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A new methodology has been developed by Wood for nuclear power plant worker evacuation following on-site radiological incidents. In the event of a radiological release, it is important that workers in the vicinity are evacuated promptly to minimise their exposure to radiation. The evacuation methodology needs to take into account the radiation field within the facility in order to establish an evacuation route that minimises doses consistent with the principle of ALARA.

Application of the Eliminate, Reduce, Isolate, Control, Personal Protective Equipment, Discipline (ERIC-PD)

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Wood is playing a key role at Hinkley Point C, the first nuclear power station to be built in the UK for more than 20 years.  Wood’s Inspection Validation Centre (IVC) is qualifying ultrasonic inspections on high integrity welds in primary circuit components for the two 1.6-gigawatt reactors.

Greg Willetts, vice president for consultancy and defence (nuclear), said: “Organisations must ensure the competence of non-destructive testing (NDT) staff who carry out inspections of nuclear critical components that are required to be defect-free for safe operation of plant.

“This

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ITER aims to be the first nuclear fusion reactor to produce more energy than is required to...

Wood’s Nuclear Safety Culture Training programme has gained a key industry accolade.

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Nuclear power plants are fitted with equipment in current use at the time of design and...

Wood’s ANSWERS Software Service has been at the forefront of radiation transport modelling for...

Research Centre Rez (CVR) has agreed with the State Office for Nuclear Safety (SUJB) on...

In December 2011 Research Centre Rez (RCR), with the support of the Ministry of Education,Youth...

HTHL test facility is designed for the material testing under the simulation of Gas-cooled Fast...

The SCWL (SuperCritical Water L...

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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 Bel V (Belgium), CSN (Spain), CV REZ (Czech Republic), MTA EK (Hungary), GRS (Germany), ANVS (The Netherlands), ENEA (Italy), INRNE BAS (Bulgaria), IRSN (France), NRA (Japan), JSI (Slovenia), LEI (Lithuania), PSI (Switzerland), RATEN ICN (Romania), SSM (Sweden), SEC NRS (Russia), SSTC NRS (Ukraine), VTT (Finland), VUJE (Slovakia), Wood (United Kingdom), 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. Besides the authorities CSN, ANVS and SSM, all 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.

 

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