Workshop on Small Modular Reactor Safety and Licensing

December 21st, 2017 — 

In conjunction with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Arab Network of Nuclear Regulators (ANNuR), the Arab Atomic Energy Agency (AAEA), the Center for Nuclear Science, Tunisia (CNSTN), and the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa (FNRBA), AdSTM participated in the subject workshop; held in Hammamet, Tunisia, from December 12 - 15, 2017. The workshop was chaired by Dr. Charles Miller (AdSTM), and hosted by ANNuR, AAEA, and CNSTN. It consisted of a series of presentations, participating country reports, and breakout sessions. The presentations focused on the status of development of selected SMR designs; the safety requirements in the USA; the IAEA Safety Fundamentals, Requirements and Guides; deployment and economic issues; siting and environmental issues; the historical licensing process in the USA, and its evolution as reactor experience was gained over 50 years of the licensing and operation of reactors. Participating countries included Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia. The participants discussed the day’s presentations and developed insights that could be useful in their countries as they consider the reason for their interest in SMRs, their progress in the decision-making process concerning their deployment, and potential challenges to their deployment as an alternative for their future energy needs. Several countries in attendance gave reports on the status of their countries future energy needs, the current regulatory structure that is in place or under consideration, and the status of their governments’ position on embarking on the nuclear power option.