Knowledge sharing deal goes nuclear

The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have signed a deal to advance global nuclear research. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Co-operative Activities aims […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have signed a deal to advance global nuclear research.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Co-operative Activities aims to better identify global research needs in the sector, taking into consideration the perspectives of utilities, regulators, government organisations and the wider industry.

The two groups will seek to reduce gaps in their knowledge by sharing information in various fields of nuclear energy, such as safety, radioprotection, scientific and technology developments, operations, economic analysis and waste management.

Initially agreed for a period of five years, the MoU hopes to establish a formalised dialogue and will allow representatives from both organisations to participate in meetings of each party’s committees.

The EPRI and NEA also plan to develop a series of joint events, seminars, workshops and training activities.

NEA Director, General William D. Magwood, IV, said: “Our efforts to ensure that NEA member countries have access to state of the art information in nuclear technology and operations will be significantly enhanced thorough this partnership.

“EPRI understands the existing and emerging challenges of nuclear facility operations – its collaborative research activities will enhance the scope and relevance of the work of the NEA and as such, help us to address the technical and strategic interests of our member countries.”

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