The first meeting of the world's nuclear power site vice presidents and plant managers since the Fukushima accidents of 2011 has taken place in Tokyo, Japan, under the auspices of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) and the Japan Nuclear Technology Institute (JANTI). The two-day conference, the theme of which was 'Building a Stronger Industry Post-Fukushima', gathered approximately 150 Plant Managers and Site Vice Presidents from across the world to discuss how the lessons from Fukushima have been applied at plants worldwide.
Conference delegates were welcomed by WANO Chairman, Laurent Stricker, before the keynote presentations from WANO Tokyo Centre Governing Board Chairman, Dr Shreyans Kumar Jain, Wayne Robbins, CNO of Ontario Power Generation and Akio Komori, Managing Executive Officer of Tokyo Electric Power Company. Naohiro Masuda, Fukushima Daini Site Superintendent, then offered delegates some important insights in the first session of the meeting.
Other sessions included a focus on the global impact of the Fukushima event; current plant issues and improvements, good practices in accident mitigation and an in depth panel session on safety culture. Conference delegates will have the opportunity to attend technical visits to Fukushima Daiichi and Tokai Daini nuclear power stations on 27 September, the final day of the event.
Commenting on the event, Laurent Stricker, Chairman of WANO, said:
'Site Vice Presidents and Plant Managers play a vital role in implementing the recommendations and lessons learned from the Fukushima accident, and this important meeting has allowed them to come together to share their experiences with their peers. The 2012 Site VP and Plant Managers' Conference has been a hugely successful event and an important forum for our members, and I thank all the speakers, delegates and those involved with the meeting for their contributions."
The event's co-host, Takao Fujie, President of JANTI said:
"JANTI is proud to have co-hosted this important event with WANO in Japan. The events of last year have had a profound effect on our country and on the nuclear industry as a whole, and lessons are still being learned. It is vital that the industry steps up its commitment to information sharing and this event is a practical example of how global cooperation can work extremely effectively."