“In the nuclear community, our project is an investment in the framework of international cooperation,” Gergely Jákli, Chairman and CEO of Paks II told Index. We talked to the CEO of Paks II about how the cooperation coordinated by the US nuclear authority will help ensure the safety of the new Paks reactors.
The three-day CAMP (Code Application and Maintenance Program) conference, coordinated by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, brought together experts from 22 countries on four continents to Budapest. The Paks II project was clearly an integral part of this event. CAMP has been developing computer algorithms and programs for various nuclear safety assessments since the 1970s. These are based on thermohydraulics and neutron kinetics codes, which are recognized worldwide in professional circles and have been available and applied by Hungarian experts for more than 30 years.
The conference, which started on Tuesday, is not only important for the promotion of scientific exchange, but is also topical because the independent safety analyses of the two VVER-1200 units to be built at Paks will be carried out using, among other things, the codes provided by CAMP.
Chris Hoxie, CAMP Project Manager, said that thirty countries from all over the world are involved in CAMP cooperation.
Together, we are stronger and can achieve a higher level of safety than if we all worked on our own,”
he stressed at the conference, adding that he was honored to be able to continue this fruitful cooperation and exchange of experience with the world’s best nuclear engineers in Hungary.
Jákli pointed out that the involvement of the international bodies with which Paks II is working is in itself a kind of quality assurance, but at the same time it must be seen that a nuclear investment is a priority local project everywhere, which is also subject to special international attention.
It is also in the interest of those involved in international cooperation on the project that the safest possible plant is built,
These international plans are guarantees for a safe investment and subsequent operation. “There are unique risk points in every project, and these can be highlighted and magnified. At the same time, the kind of systematic analysis provided by international bodies should reassure the public that a safely operable power plant is being built in Paks,” Gergely Jákli told Index, adding that this will allow the construction of a reliable power plant that will be cheap to produce in the long term.
“These collaborations have also led to results elsewhere in the world,” said Jákli, adding that Rosatom is the world leader in nuclear technology, but the associated control bodies and the equipment needed to generate electricity are Western European technologies. All over the world, nuclear power plants are built in international cooperation, and the Russians often work with western European suppliers.
via Index, Featured image: Facebook/MVM Paksi Atomerőmű Zrt.