During the week of May 28 through June 1, 2012, Bill Bateman and Mel Fields of AdSTM participated in an IAEA expert mission with the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK - Türkiye Atom Enerjisi Kurumu) at their Ankara, Turkey headquarters. Also participating were Stephen Koenick from the IAEA and Miroslav Jakeš from the Czech Republic State Office for Nuclear Safety (SÚJB - Státní úřad pro jadernou bezpečnost). There was 25 to 30 TAEK staff in attendance during this 5-day training session.
The purpose of this IAEA mission was to deliver specialized knowledge within the scheme of IAEA education and training programs with regard to inspection and enforcement activities, with emphasis on how the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission conducts these activities for the construction phase of the nuclear power plant. Miroslav Jakeš provided insights from the inspection and enforcement activities conducted by his agency during the construction of the Temelín Nuclear Power Plant – two units utilizing the Russian VVER design. The level of detail of this training is designed for countries that are about to complete or have already completed Phase 1 (or very early Phase 2) – see IAEA Specific Safety Guide SSG-16 for information on the phases of establishing a safety infrastructure for a nuclear power program.