• Post-Fukushima Commission projects closed, implementation underway
• New long-term plan ‘Compass’ launched to membership
• Boglárka Babscány, Liang Chen, Eric Heritage, Jing Hu awarded inaugural Nuclear Safety Scholarships
At its thirteenth Biennial General Meeting (BGM), held in Toronto, Canada, members of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) came together under the theme of ‘Shaping the future of the nuclear industry’ to discuss the issues and challenges facing the industry in the years ahead, and to close off the Post-Fukushima actions set in motion at its 2011 meeting in Shenzhen, China.
An important component of the 2015 meeting was the formal report to WANO’s members on the closure and final implementation stages of the 12 projects founded after the 2011 Fukushima accident. Having given a positive report to the membership on the status of the projects, WANO CEO Ken Ellis and Chairman Jacques Régaldo introduced the organisation’s new long-term plan, Compass, and awarded four students (Boglárka Babscány, Liang Chen, Eric Heritage and Jing Hu) with inaugural WANO Nuclear Safety Scholarships. The Scholarships were launched in 2014 to mark WANO’s 25th anniversary.
WANO CEO, Ken Ellis, said:
“As always, the BGM is an opportunity for the WANO membership to gather and reaffirm its commitment to nuclear safety. At this meeting, we have committed to increasing transparency amongst our membership and had fruitful discussions on how we take WANO forward into the future, with an increased focus on new entrants, units facing life extensions or end of life and the challenge of knowledge transfer to the young generation. There is a lot of work to do but I am confident that the WANO of today is well-placed to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”
During the extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on Monday 5 October, the membership also voted in Mr Cho Seok, CEO of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. Ltd (KHNP) as incoming WANO President. Mr Cho addressed the delegates and formally invited them to the 2017 BGM, to be hosted in Gyeongju, South Korea.
At the close of the conference, the WANO Chairman, Jacques Régaldo, concluded:
"We can be proud of the tangible progress we have made over these last four years through more comprehensive and challenging programmes. But we must not be complacent; we still have to go the extra mile, striving for greater consistency and adapting our organisation to meet the future evolutions of the nuclear industry.'