National Nuclear Power Plant Safety Research 2019–2022 – SAFIR2022 Framework Plan
Työ- ja elinkeinoministeriö
Julkaisusarja:Publications of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment 22/2018
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The public nuclear safety research programmes provide the necessary conditions for maintaining the knowledge needed for ensuring the continuance of safe and economical use of nuclear power, for the development of new know-how and for participation in international cooperation. The Finnish organisations engaged in research in this sector have been an important resource that the various ministries, the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) and the power companies have had at their disposal. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEAE) appointed in November 2017 a group to write the Framework Plan for the new programme. This report contains a proposal for the general outline of the programme, entitled SAFIR2022 (SAfety of Nuclear Power Plants – FInnish National Research Programme). The plan has been prepared for the period 2019–2022, but it is based on safety challenges identified for a longer time span as well. The research programme is strongly based on Chapter 7a of the Finnish Nuclear Energy Act. The construction and planning of new power plant units have increased the need for experts. At the same time, the retirement of existing experts has taken place and retirements are continuing. Active long-term research still plays a key role in the education and training of new experts. The Framework Plan aims to define the important research needs related to safety challenges. The programme also aims to maintain and increase know-how in those areas where no significant changes occur but in which research activities are the precondition for the safe use of nuclear power.