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WANO publishes 'Compass'

The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) has today published Compass, its long term plan for the period 2015-2019.

The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) has today published Compass, its long term plan for the period 2015-2019. The new plan is intended to guide the organisation through the next five years in a manner that supports WANO's existing activities, while paving the way for the organisation to become more effective in key areas such as new build and end of life, life-extensions and decommissioning of plants.

WANO's work since 2011 has been dominated by activities and projects that were generated out of the organisation's Post-Fukushima Commission (PFC), which was set up in 2011 following the accident at Fukushima Daiichi. The deadline for the completion of the PFC projects is the 2015 Biennial General Meeting of the organisation's members in Toronto this October.

Ken Ellis, Chief Executive Officer of WANO, said:

"As the Post-Fukushima projects draw to a close, a fresh approach to the challenges ahead is required. Compass provides a means by which the whole of WANO can be unified in its purpose of continually striving towards excellence in nuclear safety. In addition to providing a new strategic direction for the organisation, Compass will align the activities within the London and Hong Kong Offices and the Regional Centres, and act as an important communications tool for WANO staff, member staff and our external visibility as an organisation."

Compass is formed of four focus areas, which each outline the areas of work to which WANO will direct its attention and resources over the next five years. The focus areas are:

  1. Continue to support and set the standards of high performance of the world's existing nuclear fleet.​

  2. Build and maintain a highly-trained, professional workforce within WANO.

  3. Forge a stronger WANO through more consistent, credible products and programmes, including providing nuclear leadership training for our members.

  4. Instil superior standards among new industry entrants and maintain them for end-of-life, life extensions and decommissioning.

Although not representing an additional cost to members, Compass does outline new areas of activity for WANO, which are in the process of being scoped out by the London and Hong Kong Offices and the four Regional Centres. 

Ellis continued: 

"The global nuclear landscape has changed drastically from the climate that existed when WANO was created 26 years ago. Our organisation has a rich history of change and adaptation in response to the needs of the industry. Compass now takes WANO a step further in terms of anticipating the changing needs and requirements of the global community of nuclear operators."

 ​In keeping with the intention to make WANO more visible to the wider industry, Compass is an open distribution document and is publicly available on this site. 

 Click​ to view the full Compass booklet ​here

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1. WANO is a not for profit member association established in 1989 by the world's nuclear power operators to exchange safety knowledge and operating experience amongst organisations operating commercial nuclear power reactors. WANO members operate some 440 nuclear units in more than 30 countries and areas around the world.

WANO works with members in pursuit of its mission: to maximise the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants worldwide by working together to assess, benchmark and improve performance through mutual support, exchange of information and emulation of best practices.

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2. For more information about Compass and to download a copy of the document, please visit these pages.

3. For any further enquiries, please contact Claire Newell, Communications Programme Director, at or on +44 (0)20 7495 9242.