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A consortium led by Andra successfuly completes a project to enhance the capacity of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Iraq

A consortium led by Andra, has successfully implemented an EC project aimed at supporting the Regulatory Body of Iraq on Radioactive Waste Management, Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities and Remediation of Contaminated Sites. 

Al Tuwaitha Iraqi nuclear site near bagdad

The project,  financed by the European Commission (EC), aimed at providing support to the Regulatory Authority of Iraq on Radioactive Waste Management, Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities and Remediation of Contaminated Sites”.

The contract was signed on 10 February 2016 between the European Commission and ANDRA the leader of a consortium  associating  SUJB (Czech Republic) and LEI (Lithuania) and Andra.

TIn Iraq, the beneficiaries were the Ministry of Environment, and the Radiation Protection Centre (RPC) . The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) of Iraq was also indirectly involved in the project.

The objective of the Project IQ13.01/14 was to enhance the capabilities of the regulatory body RPC in all of its missions, including improvement of the regulatory infrastructure, the licensing process and licensee oversight, the regulation of nuclear safety and radiation protection of radioactive waste (RW) management activities, decommissioning and remediation. To this aim, the Project fostered the use of tools, means and transfer of know-how for producing regulatory texts and guidelines, reviewing licensing applications, enforcing regulation, inspecting facilities, and building and maintaining an adequate level of competency and proficiency among the regulatory staff, with the aim to achieve, in all the regulatory activities, a level of efficiency in line with international standards, and consistent with the best practice of EU and the recommendations of the IAEA.

The Contract initially planned over a period of 36 months until 9 February 2019 was extended to 48 months until 9 February 2020, to review the licensing of the planned Al-Tuwaitha RW Disposal Facility (ATDF) close to Baghdad. 

The final project meeting was held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 30 and 31 January 2020.

 

For more information on this project:

Press release on the Delegation of the European Union to Iraq website here

Andra contact: Soufiane Mekki: soufiane.mekki@andra.fr

Iraqi visitors at the CSA
Iraqi visitors at the CSA

 

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