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Nuclear Executives meet in Paris with WANO Leaders

24/02/2009

A small group of senior executives from large nuclear utilities from around the world gathered in Paris this week for a meeting with WANO leaders.

At the two-day meeting, hosted by Electricité de France, and opened by Pierre Gadonneix its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, participants discussed the paramount importance of nuclear safety for the future of nuclear energy, and the continued need to work together closely worldwide.

Laurent Stricker, WANO Chairman told the meeting: 'The demand for carbon-free energy is strong and the desire of many nations to use nuclear power as a stable source of electricity increases the importance of assuring safe and reliable operation of existing and new power plants.

'The fundamental changes that our nuclear industry will undergo in the future will present new challenges; we will only be able to meet them if the world's nuclear leaders of today show strong leadership in nuclear safety matters.'

The meeting was attended by:

Participant

Company

Dr Vladimir Asmolov

Concern Rosenergoatom

Dr Karl Bergman

Vattenfall AB

Mr Danko Biley

NNEGC "Energoatom"

Mr William A Coley

British Energy Group plc

Mr Bernard Dupraz

Electricité de France (EDF)

Mr Takao Fujie

Japan Nuclear Technology Institute

Mr Pierre Gadonneix

Electricité de France (EDF)

Dr S K Jain

Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd

Mr Michael R. Kansler

Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.

Mr Lucas Mampaey

WANO

Mr Jean-Louis Mathias

Electricité de France (EDF)

Mr QIAN Zhimin

CGNPC

Mr Paolo Ruzzini

ENEL SpA – Slovenske Elektrarne, s.a.

Mr Takashi Shoji (on behalf of Mr Ichiro Takekuro, TEPCO)

WANO Tokyo Centre

Mr Dirk Steinheider

E.ON Kernkraft GmbH

Mr Laurent Stricker

WANO

Mr Phillipe Van Troeye

Electrabel

Mr Bill Webster

Institute of Nuclear Power Operations

Mr Yongping Zou

CGNPC Ltd

For more information, contact Lucas Mampaey, Managing Director at the WANO Coordinating Centre in London. Telephone +44 (0) 20 7478 9200.​

WANO's mission is to maximise the safety and reliability of nuclear power plant operations by exchanging information and encouraging communication, comparison and emulation among its members. As every organisation in the world that operates a commercial nuclear power plant is a member of WANO, it is a truly international organisation, cutting across political barriers and interests. WANO is an association set up purely to help its members achieve the highest practicable levels of operational safety, by giving them access to the wealth of operating experience from the worldwide nuclear community. WANO is non-profit making and has no commercial ties. It is not a regulatory body and has no direct association with governments. WANO has no interests other than nuclear safety.