Workshop on Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Safety and Licensing

January 25th, 2016 — 

In conjunction with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Arab Atomic Energy Agency (AAEA), AdSTM participated in the subject workshop which was held at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria from January 12-15, 2016. The workshop was chaired by AdSTM and 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, Canada and Korea, siting and environmental issues, and the historical licensing process in the USA, and its evolution as reactor experience was gained over the over 50 years of the licensing and operation of reactors. A breakout session was conducted each day, where the participants from the multiple Arab speaking countries discussed the day’s presentations and developed insights that could be useful in their countries as they consider the merits of SMRs as an alternative to their future energy needs. Several countries in attendance gave a report 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.