On the 9th and 10th of November 2022, WENRA held its regular biannual plenary meeting in Liverpool. This meeting was hosted by ONR, the UK regulatory body.

WENRA members discussed several important topics.

On the 5th and 6th of April 2022, WENRA held its regular biannual plenary meeting in Bonn, Germany. Given the circumstances, Rostechnadzor and Gosatomnadzor were not invited to participate.

WENRA members have discussed several important topics.

On the 14th and 15th October 2021, WENRA held its regular biannual plenary meeting in Paris.

The meeting was the opportunity for WENRA to make progress on several topics such as its membership, the 2023 Topical Peer Review on fire protection and the Small Modular Reactors.

In 2010, WENRA issued safety objectives for new nuclear power plants (NPPs). These objectives were developed on the basis of a systematic review of the Fundamental Safety Principles (SF1 document issued in 2006 by the IAEA) and formulated in a qualitative rather than quantitative manner.

On the 13th and 14th of April 2021, WENRA held its regular biannual plenary meeting. 30 countries, including members, observers and associated members, attended this remote meeting.

On 3 March 2021, Olivier Gupta was invited, as WENRA’s Chairperson and ASN’s Director General, to participate in a webinar organised by the OECD/NEA on the occasion of the release of «The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident, Ten Years On: Progress, Lessons and Challenges» NEA report.

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At its November 2022 plenary meeting, WENRA discussed the consequences of the current energy crisis on regulatory activities and issued a statement which highlights the importance of nuclear safety in this new challenging context.

The WENRA Working Group on Research Reactors met from 11 to 15 October in Garching, Germany. After more than two years of virtual meetings, the group could finally meet again in real life. Besides spending the necessary time on the on-going benchmarking (self-assessment and peer review) of the national regulation against the Safety Reference Levels for Research Reactors that were issued in 2020, the group wrapped-up its review of the transition of issues S to SV and T to TU for SRLs for RRs. Furthermore the position on the applicability of existing RHWG guidances on Issue F and Issue T to research reactors was practically finished. The group also visited the FRM-II research reactor and had an interesting walkdown of this installation.

On the 10th August 2022, WENRA issued a position on the safety situation of Zaporizhzhya NPP after reported shelling activities. 

The WENRA Working Group on Research Reactors (WGRR) met virtually from 10 to 13 May 2022. The main topic for discussion was the on-going benchmarking (self-assessment and peer review) of the national regulation against the Safety Reference Levels (SRLs) for Research Reactors (RR) that were issued in 2020. For this, the group split up in subgroup to discuss in detail results of the benchmarking. 

Olivier Gupta, as WENRA’s Chairman and ASN’s Director General, was invited to participate in the 4th CORDEL  Regional Workshop organised in Lyon, France, from the 18th to 20th May 2022. 

On the 23rd March 2022, WENRA issued a position on the safety situation of Zaporizhzhya NPP with regards to the partial loss of external power supply.

On the 11th March 2022, WENRA issued a position on the consequences of a total loss of power supply at the Chornobyl site.

The on-going war increases the risk of a nuclear accident in Ukraine. WENRA and HERCA assessed the potential consequences of a severe accident, should it occur.

From January 24 to 29, 2021, the RHWG meeting was held.  During this meeting, the RHWG discussed the draft Technical Specifications of the upcoming TPR and approved the NPP specific part.

The next WENRA meetings are planned to take place on 5-6 April 2022 and 9-10 November 2022

On the 23rd November 2021, Olivier Gupta was invited, as WENRA’s Chairperson and ASN’s Director General, to participate in the EUROSAFE 2021 organized by ETSON in Montrouge (France).