Nuclear Energy Agency Online Bulletin

Covers new material for December 2008:

Nuclear safety
Nuclear development
Radiological protection
Data Bank

NEA publications

Nuclear Energy Outlook (NEO)
ISBN 978-92-64-05410-3. 460 pages.

Perspectives de l'énergie nucléaire
ISBN 978-92-64-05417-2. 480 pages.

Uranium 2007: Resources, Production and Demand
ISBN 978-92-64-04766-2. 420 pages.

Uranium 2007 : Ressources, production et demande
ISBN 978-92-64-04770-9. 452 pages.

Nuclear safety publicationsNuclear safety and regulation

A workshop on reactor containment sump clogging issues organised on 4-5 December attracted more than 60 participants from 13 countries. Approaches to resolving such issues since the 1992 Barseback event were reviewed. The presentations showed the major improvements implemented in most boiling water reactors (BWR) and pressurised water reactors (PWR) in NEA member countries, particularly over the last five years. The issue is now generally considered to be resolved for normal conditions, however, some additional issues remain to be addressed.

The Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) held its 20th meeting on 8-9 December. One of the main aspects was the first report by the new Working Group on the Regulation of New Reactors (WGRNR) following its first year of activity. The group provided a status report on the development of the construction experience database and a progress report on the activity covering regulation of nuclear site selection and preparation. The CNRA approved the undertaking of a new activity on recent regulatory experiences of licensing frameworks, number of regulatory personnel and the types of training needed, as well as a new task force on the regulatory licensing processes and assessing and reporting on the lessons learnt from construction experience. The CNRA decided that the WGRNR will act as the nodal point for interactions between the CNRA and the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP), and will take the lead in co-ordinating activities related to new build, including requests to and from the CSNI and CNRA working groups.

The Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) held its 44th meeting on 10-11 December. One presentation of particular note was that on the main findings of the Task Group on Defence-in-Depth of Electrical Systems and Grid Interaction (DIDELSYS) in nuclear power plants and grid interaction following the Forsmark event in 2006. The group has essentially completed its work in terms of main findings and recommendations for both regulators and industry, and a concluding workshop will be held between the CNRA and CSNI meetings in 2009. This workshop will also be open to grid operators and regulators, as well as experts in related areas, in order to discuss the main findings and recommendations.

In 2009, both committees will prepare a new joint Operating Plan covering 2010-2015.

Nuclear science publications and reportsNuclear development

55th session of the Nuclear Development Committee (NDC)

The 55th session of the NDC was held on 2-3 December at NEA offices in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. The main goal of the meeting was to review the programme of work and to brief the NDC on new publications and reports from other NEA committees, international organisations and member countries. After an opening address by the NEA Director-General, the recently released Nuclear Energy Outlook (NEO) 2008 was presented in detail.

In response to a request from a member country, the NDC agreed that an "NEA Workshop on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes" would be held on 29-30 January 2009. The NDC also decided that separate brochures and short studies summarising results of analytical work generated by the Nuclear Development Division (NDD) when preparing the NEO, but not included in the publication, should be prepared in 2009. The participants elected Bureau member Mr. Kazuaki Matsui of Japan as the new chair for the NDC, thanked Ms. Sylvana Guindon of Canada for her efforts in chairing the NDC over the last five years and agreed that the next meeting of the NDC would be held 25-26 June 2009.

Meeting of the Expert Group on Nuclear Energy and Security of Supply

The Expert Group on Nuclear Energy and Security of Supply met on 4-5 December 2008 at NEA offices in Issy-les-Moulineaux. Meeting participants presented relevant changes to energy policies in their home countries and reviewed the important documents issued since its last meeting. The country report template was finalised for the draft report on Security of Supply and some contributions were submitted. Delegates from the Netherlands, Japan and Hungary presented preliminary results of the quantitative and qualitative assessments of security of supply in their respective countries. The final draft of the report is expected to be completed by the drafting committee at a meeting to be held on 14-15 January 2009.

NEO presentations and publications

Following the release of the NEA's first Nuclear Energy Outlook in October 2008, NEA staff have presented the publication's key messages to a number of national and international organisations, including the International Energy Agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the OECD Business and Industry Advisory Committee, the European Union's Directorate-General of Energy and Transport and the Nuclear Industry Association of the United Kingdom. Summary articles of the NEO have also been published in the November 2008 issues of the Energy Industry Times and the Nuclear Energy Institute magazine.

RWM publications and reportsRadiological protection

Emergency matters

The 30th meeting of the Working Party on Nuclear Emergency Matters (WPNEM) was held 11-12 December 2008. Through its expert groups, the WPNEM is currently addressing issues identified from the conduct and evaluation of the 2005-2006 INEX-3 consequence management exercise. Major activities in the next two years include the organisation, in co-operation with the CRPPH, of a workshop on stakeholder involvement in post-emergency management in order to share practices and to identify areas for improvement as part of emergency preparedness, and the development and conduct of a new international nuclear emergency exercise, INEX-4, focusing on consequence management and the transition to recovery. The WPNEM meeting was preceded by a meeting of the working party's expert groups that are developing strategies for decision making and post-emergency management (countermeasures and the transition to recovery).  A report from these groups is expected in the 2009 time frame.

Data Bank

NEA Data Bank newsletter

Computer program services

New computer programs available

15-DEC-2008 PSR-0158 SAMMY, Multilevel R-Matrix Fits to Neutron and Charged-Particle Cross-Section Data Using Bayes' Equations
12-DEC-2008 CCC-0740 MCNP5/MCNPX, Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code System Including MCNP5 1.50, MCNPX 2.6.0, VISED and Data Libraries
10-DEC-2008 USCD1149 ENSDF PROCESSING CODES, Analysis and Utility Programs
ENSDF NSDFLIB, Subroutine Library for ENSDF Programs
ENSDF ENSDAT, Graphics and Tables Generation from ENSDF Data
10-DEC-2008 NEA-1517 SINBAD REACTOR, Shielding Benchmark Experiments.
10-DEC-2008 NEA-1552 SINBAD ACCELERATOR, Shielding Benchmark Experiments
09-DEC-2008 NEA-1525 PENELOPE2008, A Code System for Monte-Carlo Simulation of Electron and Photon Transport
09-DEC-2008 NEA-1837 ZZ TENDL-2008-ACE, TENDL-2008 based library for neutrons, protons, deuterons, tritons, helions, alpha and gammas
09-DEC-2008 NEA-1678 BOT3P5.3, 3D Mesh Generator and Graphical Display of Geometry for Radiation Transport Codes, Display of Results
04-DEC-2008 NEA-1553 SINBAD FUSION, Neutronics Benchmark Experiments
03-DEC-2008 NEA-1694 SATIF/CYCLO-RADSAFE, Health Physics and Radiological Safety of Cyclotrons 10-250 MeV
01-DEC-2008 NEA-1798 ANGELO-LAMBDA, Covariance matrix interpolation and mathematical verification

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