It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the first issue of our ‘new look’ Inside WANO.
At the end of the first quarter, WANO has already seen an extremely busy and exciting start to 2014.
We were delighted to welcome colleagues from the four WANO regional centres and Hong Kong branch to the London office in the first week of February for a productive week of programme meetings. It was a time to regroup and look at our objectives for the year going forward. Every person that participated in these meetings ended the week with a renewed enthusiasm and focus for 2014.
In May, we celebrate 25 years of WANO; marking 25 years since WANO's 1989 inaugural meeting in Moscow. This anniversary is a time for reflection. Where Chernobyl was the catalyst for the creation of the World Association of Nuclear Operators, Fukushima reinforced WANO's dedication to global safety in nuclear operations. It was a tragic reminder that the nuclear industry must never let its guard down when it comes to nuclear safety.
Three years on from the Fukushima disaster, we reflect on the changes that have been implemented within WANO to reinforce the importance of nuclear safety standards. These include the publication of SOER 2013-2 Rev 1, Post Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident Lessons Learned; the development of new WANO Performance Objectives and Criteria (PO&C) which are being implemented across the membership as of January; and our commitment to regular updates and frequent communication with our members via WANO London News and social media channels, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
WANO Chairman, Jacques Regaldo, and I were invited by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission to visit their head office and nuclear power plants (NPPs), in January. Read about the successful visit in this issue of Inside WANO, along with further information on WANO’s dedication to its newly implemented Communications programme; some of the great work happening at Point Lepreau NPP following its refurbishment; feedback from participants who attended WANO Paris Centre’s Nuclear Leadership seminar in January; and the first in a new series of articles about the significant role of WANO Interface Officers (WIOs).
In May, to coincide with marking 25 years of WANO, we will be launching an Inside WANO website and new WANO public website. We are excited to develop our communication strategy and bring you the most relevant industry news, in the quickest and most convenient way. For this reason, we hope you enjoy the first issue of Inside WANO 2014, in electronic format.