Nordisk Sikkerhet Reviews Coordination Efforts with IFE
October 22, 2015
On October 21 representatives of Nordisk Sikkerhet AS and the Norwegian Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) met in Halden, Norway. They discussed coordination efforts across several of their international technical assistance projects in Russia and Ukraine funded by the Government of Norway to ensure that there was no overlap between these efforts. The representatives also discussed common challenges faced by each organization while implementing these projects, as well as potential solutions to these challenges. Finally, the representatives of IFE and Nordisk Sikkerhet AS agreed to consider future cooperation on joint technical assistance projects in Russia and Ukraine.
Nordisk Sikkerhet Visits Units 1, 2, and 4 of Rivne NPP
October 20, 2015
On October 15-16 Nordisk Sikkerhet visited the Rivne nuclear power plant (NPP) in Kuznetsovsk, Ukraine. During this visit Nordisk Sikkerhet visited units 1, 2, and 4.
The propose of the visit was to identify specific needs for Rivne NPP and develop a joint project. The project will focus on improving elements of the physical protection systems for units 1 and 2.
This joint project is intended to be submitted for funding consideration under the framework of the Norwegian government action plan for nuclear activities and the environment in northern areas.
The proposed project fits into one of the focus areas of the Action Plan for 2013-2017, namely, non-proliferation and physical protection, as well as the Action Plan’s geographical area, which covers projects and activities in the FSU countries. Furthermore, the project is aligned with several of Norway’s most recent bilateral and multilateral initiatives on the safety and security of radiological and nuclear materials in Ukraine, following a pledge at the Nuclear Security Summit, contributions through SLD and GTRI/US DOE, nuclear safety cooperation agreement with Ukraine.
The project application will be finalized and delivered in the beginning of November 2015.
Nordisk Sikkerhet Participates at Opening of Odessa Center for Nonproliferation (OdCNP)
August 29, 2015
On 28 August 2015 Nordisk Sikkerhet AS took part at the opening of the Odessa Center for Nonproliferation (OdCNP). The center was established with support of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM). The OdCNP premises are provided by the Odessa National University.
The mission of OdCNP is to provide a platform for education, training, research and outreach of the new generation experts on nuclear security, nuclear and WMD nonproliferation experts in Ukraine. A roundtable called “Ukrainian crisis – is there any influence over the NPT regime?” was organized during the first working day of the center. A number of nonproliferation experts from Norway, Sweden and Ukraine participated at the event. The following topics have been discussed at the table:
Russia’s role in reviving nuclear deterrence;
Tactical nuclear weapons in Europe: issues of NPT compliance;
Ukrainian case and its negative implication for NPT regime;
Consequences of the Ukrainian crisis and the Budapest Memorandum failure for mid- and long-term future of the NPT regime
How to minimize negative influence of the Ukrainian crisis for the Non-proliferation regime, and other topics.
Nordisk Sikkerhet AS was represented by Pavel Tishakov, who participated at the discussions and delivered a presentation “Potential role of Ukraine in verification of nuclear disarmament”.
Nordisk Sikkerhet Participates in NRPA Tender for Procurement of Consultancy Services in Nuclear Safety, Radiation Protection, and Risk Assessment
May 27, 2015
On 22 May 2015 Nordisk Sikkerhet AS delivered its offer to the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) for the tender for procurement of consultancy services in the area of nuclear safety, radiation protection, and risk assessment (NRPA ref: 13/00700; TED ref: 107171-2015; Doffin ref: 2015-667828).
The aim of the tender is to provide assistance to NRPA with topics relevant to NRPA’s national duties as a regulator. The assistance will also be provided in the area related to NRPA’s international activities with a specific focus on cooperation with Russia and Former Soviet Union (FSU) in the field of nuclear safety/security and regulatory issues.
If awarded the tender, Nordisk Sikkerhet AS plans to cooperate with its sub-contractor organization Energorisk Ltd (Ukraine) and intends to provide assistance to NRPA within the following:
Risk- and environmental impact assessment:
Consultancy services related to international recommendations and national practices related to risk- and environmental impact assessment;
Analysis and review of regulatory and risk assessment documentation;
Environmental risk assessments for decision-support purposes;
Modeling of radionuclide migration in terrestrial, marine- and freshwater environment, uptake in biota and food products and dose calculation.
Support of the implementation of the Nuclear safety action plan for activities in Russia and in FSU countries:
All aspects of remediation of legacy waste and contaminated sites, retrieval of orphan sources, spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste management and health and environmental protection;
Non-proliferation activities including detection and physical protection
Evaluation of finalised projects with respect to project management aspects and their effectiveness in achieving improvements in radiological safety and security and environmental protection.
Review of international activities and strategies and proposals for new activities in the Nuclear safety action plan.
Tender results will be announced by NRPA on 25 June 2015.
Nordisk Sikkerhet Applies for 2nd Radiological and Nuclear Materials Security Project in Ukraine
April 14, 2015
The aim of the project proposed to be financed in the framework of the Norwegian MFA's "Prosjekbistand til ODA- godkjente OSSE-land i Eurasia" is to strengthen the State Border Guard Service (SBGS) of Ukraine, particularly, its border units located in the south-east of the country.
In the end of February 2015, Ukraine closed 23 of its 52 stationary checkpoints on the border with Russia. This was done due to the fact that these checkpoints were located on the territory of the country not in full control of the Ukrainian government. Temporary alternative border checkpoints have been established west of the ongoing operations inside Ukrainian territory. Nevertheless, these checkpoints lack the necessary automatic equipment for detection and interception of radiological and nuclear materials. This gap is partly covered by X number of Mobile Automated Radiation Complexes supplied to the SBGS in the framework of the US Second Line of Defense programme. In total, it is estimated that SBGS is in need of at least 5 times the amount of such complexes.The planned scope of the current project anticipates provision of five automated radiation complexes. These complexes will be deployed at five temporary border checkpoints in the south-east of Ukraine for the purpose of detection and interception of illicitt RN materials and the reduction of the possibility of their use for terrorist purposes.
Suggestions for Improvements of the Grant Allocation Process under the Norwegian Government's Nuclear Action Plan
April 14, 2015
On 13 Apr 2015 Nordisk Sikkerhet AS in cooperation with Naturvernforbundet, The Bellona Foundation, and Nature and Youth sent a joint letter to the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) listing suggestions for improvement of the grant allocation process under the Norwegian Government’s Nuclear Action Plan.
The Action Plan was created in order to coordinate the Norway’s funded projects and activities on nuclear safety, security, and non-proliferation in Russia, Ukraine, and other FSU countries. NRPA receives a full authority (belastningsfullmakt) from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for management of the grants under the Action Plan and is an ultimately responsible organization for solving all the matters in relation to the grants.
At the moment the process of handling grant applications can take anywhere from a couple months to more than half a year (in case of Nordisk Sikkerhet’s projects – more then 7 months). The unknown time for processing of the grant application create certain challenges for the potential grant recipient organizations, namely:
It is difficult to plan and schedule project activities, assign human and financial resources, estimate the beginning and the end of the projects;
It increases the cost of the projects due to additional rework to correct the project timelines, to resubmit the project documentation for a secondary approval;
It increases the project risks;
It is difficult to maintain the project momentum;
In some cases it damages reputation of a grant applicant organization due to inability to communicate to its partners in other countries and let them know when the decision to fund the projects will be made;
In the joint letter it is proposed to establish target timelines for processing of the grant applications under the Nuclear Action Plan, similar to the reporting timelines already set by the guideline documents:
Processing of grant applications - within 3 months from the date of submission;
Reports approval – within 2 months;
Reply to inquiries – within 2 weeks;
Representatives of the four abovementioned Norwegian organizations believe that such set timelines will be mutually beneficial as they will improve efficiency and management of the grants by the funding organization, and will improve project planning and implementation by the potential grant recipient organizations.
Nordisk Sikkerhet Participates in Exercise on Verified Disarmament of Nuclear Weapons
February 5, 2015
Nordisk Sikkerhet AS has participated at the exercise organized under the UK-Norway Initiative, which explores an understanding on how Non-Nuclear Weapon States (NNWS) might participate in a nuclear warhead dismantlement verification process.
The exercise took place on 24-29 January 2015 at the Norwegian Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), involving its experts and nuclear facilities. Specialists from other Norwegian organizations, namelyThe exercise took place on 24-29 January 2015 at the Norwegian Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), involving its experts and nuclear facilities. Specialists from other Norwegian organizations, namely NORSAR, Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI), and Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) – have also participated at the event. Students from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, took part at this exercise as inspectors. Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) has participated as an observer.
Nordisk Sikkerhet AS in cooperation with King’s College London – Department of War Studies, UK Atomic Weapons Establishment, and IFE - was responsible all the aspects of planning, preparation, and the conduct of this exercise in Norway.
The exercise results will be presented at the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) scheduled to take place from 27 April to 22 May 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York.
Nordisk Sikkerhet Signs a Contract IFE for Assistance with Activities under UK-Norway Initiative
December 2, 2015
The UK-Norway Initiative (UKNI) established in 2007 explores an understanding between Nuclear Weapon States (NWS) and Non-Nuclear Weapon States (NNWS) and promotes discussion on how a NNWS might participate in a nuclear warhead dismantlement verification process. A number of verification exercises took place between the UK and Norway in 2008-2014. These exercises used fictional and generic scenarios as a means of identifying and probing the technical and procedural challenges associated with verification. The UKNI collaboration is planned to continue in 2015 with another exercise scheduled to take place at IFE during the last week of January 2015. Students and experts from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, will take part at this exercise as inspectors. The exercise results will be presented at the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
As a part of the contract Nordisk Sikkerhet AS will assist IFE with all the aspects of planning and preparation for the exercise in Norway. Furthermore, Nordisk Sikkerhet AS will explore a possibility of joint initiatives, activities, and cooperation between the UKNI partner organization and other organizations conducting active research on the verification subject matters.
 INMM 2014 paper “Exploring the Role of Trust in Verifying Nuclear Warhead Dismantlement”
Nordisk Sikkerhet Applies for Radiological and Nuclear Materials Security Project in Ukraine
December 1, 2015
Nordisk Sikkerhet AS is pleased to announce its application to the Norwegian government for a project with the State Border Guard Service (SBGS) of Ukraine. The aim of the project is to strengthen SBGS, particularly, its Mukachevskiy border unit located on the Ukrainian-Hungarian border. This unit controls four border checkpoints, 137 km of green borders, and is in need of technical means and training for radiological and nuclear (RN) materials control.
A total of 167 new items of detection, protection, decontamination, and dosimetry equipment, including a mobile automated radiation complex (MARK), are proposed to be procured and handed over to the Mukachevskiy border unit within the scope of the project. Implementation of the project will allow SBGS to establish fundamental detection capabilities along with ancillary supplies related to post-detection event mitigation in the Mukachevskiy region.
The project has a proposed duration of 8 months, a budget of ~NOK 6 million and is proposed to be financed in the framework of the Norwegian government action plan for nuclear activities and the environment in northern areas. The action plan is managed by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) on behalf of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
The proposed project fits into one of the focus areas of the Action Plan for 2013-2017, namely, non-proliferation and physical protection, as well as the Action Plan’s geographical area, which covers projects and activities in the FSU countries. Furthermore, the project is alligned with Norway’s several most recent bilateral and multilateral initiatives on radiological and nuclear materials’ safety and security in Ukraine: a pledge at the Nuclear Security Summit, contributions through SLD and GTRI/US DOE, nuclear safety cooperation agreement with Ukraine.
The project application has been submitted in the beginning of September 2014 and is currently under review and consideration at NRPA and the Norwegian MFA together with five other proposals from Nordisk Sikkerhet AS for the projects in the North-West Russia and Tajikistan.
Nordisk Sikkerhet Participates in WANO Technical Support Mission at Chernobyl NPP
October 15, 2014
On October 6-8, 2014 Nordisk Sikkerhet AS participated in a technical support mission at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. The mission was organized by the Moscow center of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) at the request of the ChNPP administration. The aim of the mission was to exchange experiences and to obtain advice on the use of new methods for decontamination of large amounts of equipment and on the use of new technologies for the treatment of contaminated drain waters at ChNPP.
Mission participants visited several facilities on the territory of ChNPP related to liquid and solid radioactive waste management. In addition, the participants presented several innovative decontamination and treatment methods currently in use at nuclear facilities in Russia, Lithuania, and worldwide to the ChNPP experts. In the end of the mission, ChNPP received written recommendations listing suggested methods and technologies, which might be applicable to the ChNPP needs and conditions. A follow-up mission at ChNPP on the same subject matter is scheduled within a 12-month period.
Nordisk Sikkerhet Participates in IAEA Meeting on Regional Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for the Gulf Countries
April 14, 2014
The Gulf region, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has been developing a Regional Radiological and Nuclear Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (RRNEPRP) for the purpose of providing an effective and coordinated emergency response to a possible nuclear and radiological emergency. The purpose of the IAEA meeting, conducted through the IAEA/TC project RAS/2/015, was to review the RRNEPRP and associated documents and to check their compliance and consistency with the IAEA GS-R-2 Safety Standards, while taking into account the lessons learned from the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident.
Nordisk Sikkerhet AS represented by Pavel Tishakov participated at the meeting and carried out the following activities:
Review of the RRNEPRP and related documents, provision of comments and feedback;
Presentation and detailed review of two technical documents associated with RRNEPRP;
Provision of comments, feedback, and additional information in relation to presentations delivered by expert and staff from the IAEA's Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC), and other meeting participants;
Provision of information for a summary of the results of discussion and the information to be included into a consolidated report on the status of the final draft RRNEPRP with respect to the IAEA guidelines, identifying gaps noted in light of the GCC Member States’ current capabilities and highlighting specific recommendations for possible improvements of the documents.
More information about the meeting can be found on the IAEA website.