In December 2020, a meeting of SNRIU experts, the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) and representatives of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission was held to discuss the results of bilateral cooperation in 2019-2020 and consider new areas of cooperation.
The meeting summed up the implementation of measures set out in the Memorandum of Meeting of March 14, 2019, which include validation of computer code MELCOR, development of regulatory requirements for conducting and supervising risk-based repairs, qualification of equipment in case of serious accidents, reduction of conservatism during analysis transportation and storage of spent nuclear fuel.
During the meeting, SNRIU representatives provided information on the extension of the life of Ukrainian NPPs, including the implementation of the Comprehensive (consolidated) program to improve the safety of nuclear power plants, the implementation of the National Action Plan on "stress tests". Specialists of the SSTC NRS reviewed the experience of participation in programs for the use of CAMP, CSARP and RAMP calculation codes. Currently, the term for Ukraine in these programs has expired.
The American colleagues informed about the first world experience in approving a low-modular reactor project, approaches and regulatory practices of the pre-licensing process of reviewing nuclear installation documentation from the technology manufacturer, practical measures to determine regulatory requirements for emergency planning, construction resumption experience canned power units.
As a result, the Ukrainian side presented its proposals for future areas of cooperation. The American side expressed readiness to consider further support from the United States for Ukraine's participation in the CAMP and CSARP research programs, which will be announced in addition. At the same time, the agreements reached during the meeting will be reflected in the draft of the new Memorandum, which is expected to be signed in the spring of 2021.