Yet another important document in international terms is the SR
Assessment Report by the European Commission (EC). The report states the following: “The
Slovak Nuclear Regulatory Authority, although credible and technically competent, needs
more resources in order to be able to better fulfil its tasks, notably in the field of
The two documents clearly declare that UJD even in 2000 performed its tasks and mission at
a high level. It should be noted, however, that while other nuclear installations were
added in SR in 2000 as well, UJD has not got strengthened (despite WENRA and EC
recommendations) and experienced staff continue to leave as their financial is not
commensurate with demands and responsibilities of their job.
UJD performs under the Act on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy tasks concerning
legislation, safety assessment, safety guides, issues decisions, assures emergency
preparedness and informs the public on its activity and the safety of nuclear
installations. In 2000, UJD issued two new regulations and five safety guides regulating
the conditions for the use of nuclear energy in SR.
The year 2000 was of extraordinary importance for the nuclear installations in SR. The NPP
V-1 Bohunice saw completion of its gradual reconstruction launched in February 1994 under
UJD Decision No. 1/94. Under this decision, UJD laid down the conditions for further
operation and the scope of reconstruction. Safety requirements for the reconstruction were
set out following on the recommendations of experts from International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.
In 2000, Slovenské elektrárne, a.s. satisfied all the requirements laid down in Decision
1/94 and made UJD a final safety report. In addition, the reconstruction level was
reviewed in November by an international IAEA expert team. The final review report is
expected in February 2001. A preliminary assessment for the plant V-1 Bohunice is highly
A modernization and safety enhancement programme is getting off the ground at the NPP V-2
Bohunice as well. UJD reviewed in 2000 the „Concept for Modernization and Safety
Enhancement at the NPP V-2 Bohunice,“ setting forth the conditions to implement
As for the NPP Mochovce, the year 2000 was of importance in terms of completion of the
Unit 2 commissioning process. All tests were successfully completed in March and UJD
issued in an April decision to permit its operation.
Based on the assessment of safety and according to the results of inspection of safety
indicators and events that occurred in operation, UJD considers the operation of all NPPs
Bohunice and Mochovce units to be safe and reliable.
Just like in other years, UJD also focused its activity on the management of spent fuel
and radioactive waste.
The year 2000 saw a successful completion of the Bohunice interim spent fuel storage
facility and a complex testing on all reconstructed systems and components. UJD issued a
decision to go ahead with the reconstructed interim storage facility commissioning. On the
radioactive management front, UJD’s focus was on controls and assessments of safety of
respective lines of Bohunice Treatment and Conditioning Centre for RAW while being
commissioned. All of challenging tests on radioactive waste processing equipment rounded
out in 2000 and UJD will make a commissioning decision. Similarly as each year, UJD’s
very extensive international co-operation continued The co-operation with the IAEA in view
of its international significance and technical possibilities is the most important. The
co-operation on technical projects was extremely successful, with SR being involved in
solving of 6 national and 23 regional projects. While handling the all-important national
project - “Cyclotron Centre in SR“ - a laboratory for measuring the quality of
radiopharmaceuticals in use was put into operation with a significant financial support
from the IAEA.
Until September 2000 UJD had represented SR on the IAEA Board of Governors, even holding
the post of the Board Vice-Chairman.
In 2000, also the co-operation with the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency got off the ground. A
visit to SR of the NEA director general, Mr. Luis Echávarri during which he became
acquainted with UJD tasks and the status of nuclear power engineering and research in this
field was the major milestone. In 2000 UJD participated as an observer on some OECD/NEA
committees and is preparing an official application to join this organisation.
The UJD’s very successful collaboration with the EC continued as well. This
co-operationn is orientated primarily to regulatory activities such as those within
regular meetings of CONCERT Group or Commission on Nuclear Safety Assistance Co-ordination
(NUSAC) executives. Moreover, UJD became to be a member of the renewed European Nuclear
Installations Safety Group (ENIS-G).
The bilateral co-operation with many countries worldwide, in particular with those
bordering SR, continued in 2000, too. Bilateral meetings to exchange the nuclear
information took place. UJD found it very important that it signed new agreements on
co-operation with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC) and the French regulator
(DSIN) in 2000 for a further five-year period. Over the last year UJD had the honour to
receive the regulator chairmen from the USA, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary,
Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania, regulatory representatives from Switzerland, the UK,
Germany, France, Japan, Slovenia, Russia and Ukraine, the Chairman of the IAEA Board of
Governors, Mr. Sergio de Queiroz Duarte, IAEA officials and other important guests on its
premises. The aim of the visits, with many also making a visit to individual nuclear
installations or Výskumný ústav jadrových elektrární, a.s., (VUJE Trnava) was to
demonstrate UJD tasks, mission and results as well as the status of nuclear installations
in SR and of research.
The co-operation with the Swiss regulator has been of special importance since 1996. The
project Swissup for co-operation and transfer of knowledge between the Swiss, Slovak and
Ukrainian regulators continued. An international seminar on the preparation for an
international technical support centre and improving qualifications for the region
regulators took place at UJD on the Swiss regulator’s initiative. The seminar was open
by Slovak Government Vice-Prime Minister for Legislation, Mr. Ľubomír Fogaš, and His
Excellency Thomas Wernly, the Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to SR.
I wish to make you acquainted through the brief overview above with the most important
activities and results of UJD for 2000. You may become more familiar with them in the
report being submitted. I believe that UJD Annual Report 2000 will contribute to impartial
and independent information for the public on the status of nuclear installations in SR.
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