Working Groups

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Working Groups are exclusive forums that convene regularly in order to allow members to share best practice, conduct analysis, and develop consolidated positions on economic, safety and environmental issues. Several Groups act as the interface for industry at policy-setting organisations, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the International Commission for Radiological Protection (ICRP) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the OECD. Each Group is chaired by an expert from a member company, and has a mentor assigned to it from the Board. Administrative and technical support is provided by the Secretariat. 

Advisory Groups support the Secretariat in identifying opportunities and challenges for the Association. 

World Nuclear Association member representatives can view all Working Group reports, documents, presentations and contact lists on the members website

Future meetings

2-4 September 2019
The IET: Savoy Place, London, UK

14-15 January 2020
The IET: Savoy Place, London, UK 

Fuel Cycle Working Groups

Fuel Report

Co-Chairs: Thomas Cannon (Arizona Public Service Company) and Riaz Rizvi (Kazatomprom)  
Staff DirectorOlga Skorlyakova

Published since the 1970s, The Nuclear Fuel Report: Global Scenarios for Demand and Supply Availability compiles data from confidential surveys, international agencies and other public sources to produce an authoritative projection of global nuclear fuel supply and demand. Member experts of the Fuel Report Working Group cooperate on the report through six sub-groups. Each focuses on different areas of the fuel cycle and has ownership of different chapters. The next edition will be published in September 2019 and will look at scenarios to 2040. 

Demand Sub-Group
Co-Chairs: Carole Marot (EDF) and Brandon Munro (Bannerman Resources)  

Agrees on three scenarios (Lower, Reference, Upper) for future nuclear capacity out to a 20-year horizon and the main assumptions (e.g. load factors) affecting future requirements. 

Primary Uranium Supply Sub-Group 
Chair: Frank Hahne (Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth) 

Discusses classification of existing mines, projects under development, and anticipated uranium supply. 

Conversion Sub-Group
Chair: Nikko Collida (ConverDyn)  

Analyses future conversion supply capacities versus demand in this concentrated segment of the fuel cycle. 

Enrichment Sub-Group
Chair: Francisco Tarin (Enusa)  

Focuses on key questions affecting this area of the fuel cycle including: supply-demand imbalance, underfeeding, tails re-enrichment, various trade issues. 

Secondary Supply Sub-Group
ChairRolf Kwasny (Consultant)  

Examines key trends and the contributions of various sources of secondary supplies. Information on secondary supplies is woven throughout the report.  

Fabrication Sub-Group
Chair: Lawrence Mercier (Framatome)  

Discusses this dynamic part of the fuel market, analysing future prospects and the impacts of new developments on the fuel cycle as a whole. 

Sustainable Used Fuel Management 
Chair: Mikhail Baryshnikov (TENEX)  
Deputy Chair: Cecile Evans (Orano)  
Staff DirectorShah Nawaz Ahmad

The mission of this Group is to shape industry positions with a view to engaging in the international debate on sustainable management strategies for the back end of the fuel cycle. The Group also acts as a forum for experts to share good practices and major developments in used fuel management.
In 2018, four sub-groups were set up to help better focus activities on areas of importance to industry:
 
1] Lessons learnt from research reactor management of used fuel
2] Characterization of existing and emerging industrial infrastructures for used fuel management
3] Identifying innovative processes for managing used fuel and the constraints to their development
4] A long-term integrated step-wise system approach to used fuel management to mitigate risks and uncertainties
 
Joint sessions were also held with the Law and Waste Management & Decommissioning Groups to address cross-cutting issues
 
This year, the Group will take part in the programme committee and present papers at the IAEA Conference on the Management of Spent Fuel from Nuclear Power Reactors in June. It will continue to represent industry at international forums including on the Steering Committee for the IAEA’s Status and Trends in Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management report.
 
Transport
Chair: Russell Neely (Edlow International) 
Deputy Chair: Ian Mance (Urenco)  
Staff DirectorSerge Gorlin

This Group acts as a forum for communicating industry developments, exchanging leading practice, and for identifying and resolving issues relating to the shipment of nuclear material. The primary focus of the Group is to address commercial topics relating to the transport of front-end nuclear materials.
 
The Group is represented on the Transport Facilitation Working Group (TFWG), a multi-stakeholder initiative to preserve and open up new routes for the transport of radioactive material, and on the IAEA’s Transport Safety Standards Committee (TRANSSC). It also enjoys reciprocal relations with the World Nuclear Transport Institute.
 
In 2018, the Group worked on several fronts:
 
1] Worked intensively with the insurance community to develop a new insurance product to improve coverage for transport operations with important progress made
2] Produced a paper explaining how low-enriched uranium is packaged and transported, and how potential liabilities are managed, aimed at stakeholders in the supply chain
3] It presented to the IAEA Technical Meeting (TM) on Security of Nuclear and other Radioactive Material in Transport (July), where it successfully made the case for a more regional approach to transport security regulations to reduce operational constraints during trans-border shipments.
4] Developed and piloted communication tools aimed at promoting understanding of movement of radioactive materials
5] Supported the TFWG in organizing a meeting on Denial of Shipments at the IAEA General Conference (September) hosted by Brazil.
 
In 2019, the Group will progress its work on insurance, communications and on supporting the TFWG. It will present at the PATRAM conference in August on the work undertaken to develop a communications strategy.
 
INSAF 
Chair: Antonino Romano (ENUSA) 
Staff DirectorStephen Tarlton
 
The International Network for Safety Assurance of Fuel Cycle Industries or INSAF transferred to become a World Nuclear Association Working Group in 2018. The mission of the Group is to exchange safety-related information in order to maintain and develop safety at nuclear fuel cycle facilities. It also encompasses informing the wider nuclear industry about safety relating to fuel cycle facilities, providing assurance to stakeholders, and input in the development of global nuclear safety standards. Areas of focus for INSAF are: safety regulation; safety design; safety control; training; accident/event Information; support systems between members in the event of an accident; public acceptance. The first meeting of the group will take place in April and be accompanied by a visit to the Columbia fuel fabrication facility.

Fuel Cycle Members' Forum 

Chair: Tim McGraw (Cameco Corporation)   
Staff DirectorStephen Tarlton

The Fuel Cycle Members' Forum focuses on developments in nuclear fuel and trade, typically attracting 80-90 people to its meetings. Sessions consist of reports from Working Groups in the fuel cycle area as well as formal presentations and panel discussions. Participants at the forum are annually surveyed to support Agenda-building at future meetings.

Plant Performance Working Groups

Cooperation in Reactor Design Evaluation and Licensing (CORDEL)
Chair: Zhou Fang (SNERDI) 
Deputy Chairs: Hae  Ryong Hwang (KEPCO E&C), Donald Hoffman (Excel Services) and Franck Lignini (Framatome) 
Staff DirectorsByung-Chan NaAlexieï Ozeretzkovsky, and Mohammad Rababah

CORDEL’s mission is to promote a worldwide nuclear regulatory environment where internationally accepted standardized reactor designs can be widely deployed without major design changes at the national level. In practice, this would mean that generic design certification and safety evaluations approved by a recognized competent authority would be acceptable in other countries. 

CORDEL acts as industry’s voice in the areas of reactor design standardization with the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), European Nuclear Installations Safety Standards Initiative (ENISS), European Utility Requirements for LWR Power Plants (EUR), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the Standards Development Organization Convergence Board. 

2018 was a year of renewal for CORDEL as a new Chair and Deputy Chair were elected, and two new staff members joined the secretariat. A new Strategic Plan for CORDEL (2019-2023), focusing on both new-build and long-term operation aspects of nuclear power plants, was worked on by the Group, while a five-year extension to the Memorandum of Understanding with ENISS and EUR was agreed and signed. A highlight was the holding of the third regional workshop organized in cooperation with the Long Term Operation Task Force in Shanghai, China in May 2018 hosted by SNERDI.

The key achievements of the various CORDEL Task Forces in 2018, as well as planned tasks, are described below: 

Mechnical Codes and Standards Task Force
Chair: Nawal Prinja (Wood)  
Deputy Chair: Frédéric Beaud (EDF)

The Task Force launched its benchmark on non-linear analysis methods, seven sets of submitted results are being analysed, and a workshop on this topic will be organized in mid-2019. The Task Force also made progress on comparison of code requirements for fatigue analysis. Reports related to this work are expected to be published in 2019. During 2018, the work of MDEP Codes and Standards Working Group (CSWG) was transferred to the Working Group on Codes and Standards Working Group (CSWG) under the Committee of Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) of the OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). The Task Force intends to maintain close cooperation with the CNRA/CSWG.The Task Force provided inputs to the common workshop of MDEP and NEA/CNRA on codes and standards in April 2018.
 
Design Change Management Task Force
Chair: Jinxing Yan (SNERDI)
Deputy Chair: Alan Poole (Wood) 
 
The Group focused in 2018 on revising its scope and work programme following its hosting with WANO in December 2017 in London of an IAEA Technical Meeting on Roles, Responsibilities and Interface between Design Authority, Responsible Designers and Technical Support Organizations. From 2019, it will contribute to facilitating the sharing of design change information on common nuclear power plant designs among different utilities, owners groups, and international organizations, and maintain a dialogue with WANO and the IAEA on the responsibilities of operators on how they manage their fleets and cooperate internationally to maintain a high degree of standardization. 
 
Licensing and Permitting Task Force
Co-Chairs: Vanessa Jakovich (Freshfields); Claude Mayoral (Framatome)
 
The Task Force has worked on the concept of a reference plant which could be more easily licensed in a given country by taking advantage of an acceptance of the reference plant design by a competent safety authority. The review of this concept continues a with a view to finalization in 2019. The Task Force continues to benchmark leading practices regarding licensing and promotes innovation leading to more efficient licensing processes.
 
IAEA Nuclear Safety Standards Task Force

Chair: Frank Lignini (Framatome)  
Deputy Chair: Robert Vesecky (CEZ,a.s.)

This Task Force actively contributes to the IAEA Nuclear Safety Standards Committee (NUSSC), providing consolidated industry inputs and feedback. In 2018, the focus was on the design of nuclear installations in relations to external events including earthquakes. The Task Force maintains close cooperation with ENISS and EUR to avoid duplication. 
 
Digital Instrumentation & Control Task Force
Chair: Johannes Pickelmann (Framatome)  
 
The Task Force published a report “Defence-in-Depth and Diversity: Challenges Related to I&C Architecture” in April 2018 investigating the differences between authorities in different countries in defining key terms. The Group will continue to work on defence-in-depth and diversity aspects and I&C modernization with a workshop on the latter topic being organized in cooperation with partners in 2019. The Group will maintain its efforts to increase the visibility of its work within relevant SDOs and international organizations (IEEE, NEA CNRA, etc), and continue to interact with IAEA in the development of relevant TECDOCs.   
 
Small Modular Reactors Task Force 
Chair: Tom Bergman (NUScale Power)  
Deputy Chair: David Fletcher (Urenco)
 
The Group promotes application of the CORDEL model to global SMR deployment, presenting and discussing it at relevant international for a, such as the IAEA SMR regulators’ forum and INPRO. It will continue to develop proposals for more innovative and efficient licensing of SMRs, through looking at topics, such as:in-factory certification of modules; inherent safety features and passive safety system capability justification; changes needed in the regulatory/licensing framework for non-LWR/advanced reactors; security approaches and non-proliferation issues; emergency planning zones (EPZ). 
 
Supply Chain 
Chair: Laurent-Olivier Coudeyre (EDF)  
Staff DirectorGreg Kaser 
 
The Group supports members in monitoring and identifying market trends, providing guidance on timely, consistent and efficient plant construction, and in communicating with stakeholders on industrial developments. In 2018, links with the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) and the European industry association FORATOM were strengthened to avoid duplication and help amplify industry’s voice.
The Group reports regularly to the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme’s (MDEP’s) Vendor Inspection Coordination Working Group (VICWG). The Staff Director assisted the Nuclear Energy Agency and the VICWG in organising a workshop on supply chain management in Paris in November 2018. It continues to work with the Nuclear Quality Standard Association to help ensure that the new quality management standard for the nuclear supply chain published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 19443) meets the needs and aspirations of licensees and technology vendors.A Memorandum of Understanding between a number of operators and reactor vendors and the World Nuclear Association to devise a road map for a strengthened system for qualifying auditors in certifying to the standard was agreed in late 2018.
 
The report of the New Build Lesson-learning Task Force, which was published in April 2018, attracted considerable interest.
 
A revised report for an Effective Export Control Regime for a Global Industry was issued in April 2018 and presentations were made on its recommendations to the Nuclear Suppliers Group of governments.
 
In 2019 the Group also plans to undertake a review of approaches and good practice in risk management and procurement along the supply chain including localization. It will continue to engage with the Nuclear Suppliers Group on export control issues and to monitor and provide vendor input to a European Union project to widen the procurement gateway for furnishing lower safety class components to a wider range of suppliers. 
 
Capacity Optimization

Co-Chairs: Mike Baron (Global Nuclear Associates) and Abderrahim Al Mazouzi (EDF)  
Staff Director: Mohammad Rababah

The Group was set up as a forum for discussing means by which nuclear power plant operators worldwide can improve the performance of their plants in areas such as maintenance and availability. Its recent focus, prompted by the average age of the global fleet reaching over 30 years, has been in the area of long-term operations (LTO). The LTO Task Force monitors existing work performed by WANO, NEA and IAEA in this field, and will produce an industry position paper to support outreach to policy makers regarding the feasibility and importance of continued operation of the existing fleet. The Task Force will also be a forum for industry, including vendors and utilities, to share leading practice in this field. 

Waste Management and Decommissioning 
Chair: Mike Pieraccini (EDF)  
Staff DirectorCharlotta Sanders 
 

The Group monitors trends in waste management strategies on both the international and local level, as it seeks to establish consensus regarding a more effective system of nuclear waste management and decommissioning. The Group promotes resource efficiency through the appropriate re-use and recycling of material, and the safe long-term disposal of radioactive wastes from nuclear sites as prescribed in national regulation. Additionally, it cooperates with other Working Groups on topics of mutual interest, such as the radiological protection of workers during decommissioning, or with regard to multinational repositories.

The Group will publish a methodological guide for managing waste from decommissioning in early 2019. The guide covers an array of strategic, technical and economic aspects of nuclear waste management. 

Cross-Cutting Working Groups  

Radiological Protection 
Chair: Marcel Lips (Kernkraftwerk Goesgen-Daeniken AG) 
Deputy Chairs: Willie Harris (Exelon) and Chewn Pham (BHP Billiton)  
Staff Director: Charlotta Sanders

The Group advocates scientifically-based policies and practices supported by industry experience to provide sufficient protection to the worker, public and the environment. It channels the global industry’s voice on radiological protection (RP) questions, as it interfaces with institutions, such as the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Radiation Safety Standards Committee (RASSC).

The Group has developed an action plan for current and future activities throughout 2019 and beyond. These activities include involvement in IAEA RP-related committees and guidance document processes, ICRP report reviews, and participation in other conferences.The Group will undertake a revision of the Association’s position statements on ‘Risks of Low-dose Ionizing Radiation’ and ‘The Need for Robust Justification for Radiological Protection Recommendations’. 
 
Law
ChairChris White (Urenco)
Deputy Chair: Elina Teplinsky (Pillsbury)  
Staff DirectorPhilippe Costes 

This Group was established with a mandate to raise awareness of the legal issues and developments affecting the global nuclear industry amongst the membership of the Association, as well as to provide a forum to the members’ legal representatives to discuss issues and development. The Group also liaises with other Working Groups and assists when necessary on ways to respond to specific legal challenges. It has developed mutually beneficial relationships with the legal offices of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) as well as with other relevant stakeholders.

The Group has focused in recent meetings on examining the consequences of ‘Brexit’ for the nuclear industry, developments in global nuclear liability and insurance, as well as issues in nuclear new build.
 
In 2019, the Group will continue to be a forum for the exchange of information on contemporary legal topics, including the impact of nuclear cooperation agreements on the nuclear industry. It will forge greater connections with other Groups and cooperate on subjects of mutual interest such as multi-national repositories.
 
Economics 
Chair: Milton Caplan (MZ Consulting)  
Deputy Chair: Irina Skvortsova (Rosatom)  
Staff DirectorPhilippe Costes
 
This Group’s focus is on developing a better understanding of the economics and the capital costs of nuclear plants, notably new plants. It also examines the competitiveness of nuclear energy in the overall generating mix.
 
Its 2017 report, Nuclear Power Economics and Project Structuring, demonstrated that new nuclear is justified in many countries on economic criteria alone and aimed at identifying the key risks in a nuclear project.
 
With the objective of providing key inputs to the Harmony programme, the Group in 2019 will examine: system/grid costs associated with nuclear and other electricity generation; conditions for fair competition among low-emission electricity generation; future changes that will have an impact on electricity markets, such as costs of storage, load-following and demand-side management; socio-economic benefits of nuclear development; life-cycle analyses of low-carbon energy sources; and financing. 
 
Security 
Chair: Roger Howsley (World Institute for Nuclear Security) 
Staff DirectorGreg Kaser
 
The mission of this Group is to share expertise and good practice between World Nuclear Association members in the field of nuclear security and establish the view of the industry on nuclear security. The Working Group supports the World Nuclear Association’s mission to foster public confidence in the nuclear industry in the areas of security and the safeguarding of materials under industry control.
The Group supports the role of the IAEA in marshalling international cooperation in nuclear security and in publishing consensus recommendations which reflect current best practice. The Group is represented on the Nuclear Security Guidance Committee, which is responsible for developing IAEA recommendations on security. The Staff Director participated in an international conference held in Vienna on the security of radioactive material in December 2018. He also attended a workshop on cybersecurity organised by the Stimson Center in October.
 
In 2019 the Group plans to review good practice and exchange experience and ideas on a number of topics and issue industry position statements or recommendations. Among the topics to be examined are: mitigating insider threats; cybersecurity; the safety-security interface and culture; and security oversight as part of good corporate governance.
 

Advisory Groups

 
Advisory Panel 
Chair: Tim Gitzel (Cameco)
Deputy Chair: Clark Beyer (Global Fuel Solutions)  
Staff DirectorVirginie Ryan-Taix
 

The Advisory Panel has a consultative function. It seeks to identify challenges facing the global nuclear industry, opportunities to advance its position in policy arenas, and ways to improve the public acceptance of nuclear energy. It provide recommendations on how the World Nuclear Association should position itself in addressing these challenges. 

In January, along with several Board members, the Panel participated in a Harmony workshop and further discussed the issues papers, process, and stakeholder outreach activities during their April and September meetings. Other input from the Panel included reviewing key findings from a report by the New Build Lesson-Learning Task Force, due to be published early in 2018, and providing advice on a an outreach initiative to emerging nuclear countries. 

Communication Group

Chair: Jayne Hallett (Urenco)
Deputy Chair: Adrian Bull (National Nuclear Laboratory)  
Staff DirectorVaishali Patel

 

The role of the Communication Group is to support the Association by identifying communication opportunities and challenges facing the industry and ways to address them. Its members also provide support to specific projects decided by the Group and help disseminate key messages to the wider industry and beyond. 

In 2017, the Group worked on the final two animations of Nuclear Footprints, a campaign on the theme of nuclear technology and how it relates to the environment, health and the future. The Group initiated the idea of an advocacy campaign towards emerging nuclear countries, which led to the organisation of the World Nuclear Spotlight Indonesia event in February 2018. Members also provided feedback on the Talking Points brochure, a collection of high-level positions on nuclear energy published in September 2017. Other activities of the Communication Group included discussions on the Swiss referendum and the Korean situation, and reaching out to other associations such as the Nuclear Energy Institute and Foratom, to share communication initiatives as well as the Harmony Programme.

 

In 2017, the Group worked on the final two animations of Nuclear Footprints, a campaign on the theme of nuclear technology and how it relates to the environment, health and the future. The Group initiated the idea of an advocacy campaign towards emerging nuclear countries, which led to the organisation of the World Nuclear Spotlight Indonesia event in February 2018. Members also provided feedback on the Taking Points brochure, a collection of high-level positions on nuclear energy published in September 2017. Other activities of the Communication Group included discussions on the Swiss referendum and the Korean situation, and reaching out to other associations such as the Nuclear Energy Institute and Foratom, to share communication initiatives as well as the Harmony programme.

 

 


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