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Nuclear Safety Cooperation

AR/RA01 Transf Western Regulatory Method

Status
Closed
All Countries
Benefitting Zone
Worldwide
€ 232,583.42
EU Contribution
Contracted in 1997
TACIS
Programme
Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States

Details

Type of activity

Technical Support Organisations

Nature

Services

Contracting authority

European Commission

Method of Procurement

Direct Agreement & AV DA

Duration

16/04/1998 - 16/02/2000

Partner

Armenian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ANRA)

Contractor

ASSOCIATION VINCOTTE NUCLEAIRE ASBL

Project / Budget year

WW9608 Nuclear Safety 1996 / 1996

Objectives

The overall objective of this project is to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of the nuclear safety regime in Armenia and to improve the organisation and performance of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Armenia (ANRA).

The project is divided in 6 tasks:

Task 1: Management of the project
Task 2: Organisation of ANRA.
Task 3: Regulatory documents.
Task 4: Improvement of inspection practices.
Task 5: Training programme of ANRA.
Task 6: Integrated nuclear emergency exercise

Results

All the tasks have been fulfilled.

Task 2: The experience feedback coming from the restructuring of the Slovak regulatory authority was shared. ANRA was given recommendations from TACIS experts about messages to staff, job descriptions, yearly work plan and yearly inspection programme and how to implement a structured approach to manage organisation improvements.

Task 3: ANRA was assisted in defining its approach for defining the pyramid of regulations and standards applicable in Armenia: a guideline was established to create such a pyramid and the nuclear law was voted by the Parliament on 01/02/1999.

Task 4: Two ANRA inspectors took part during one month in Czech and Slovak inspection activities about nuclear safety and radiation protection. Basic Czech and Slovak documents (inspection guides and check lists) were translated into Russian to be used by ANRA.

Task 5: Two workshops were held in Germany about the training approach in western regulatory activities and the development of a training approach for ANRA. The workshops dealt with the following topics: provision of necessary knowledge of authority staff, qualification of the staff, training of newcomers and training of the nuclear plant personnel.

Task 6: A first integrated exercise was held on 6 and 7 September 1999 and involved all the concerned Armenian State organisations. Following this exercise, the western experts gave feedback to ANRA, concerning mainly the communication with the nuclear power plant and the staffing of the emergency teams, and a second exercise was planned.