Delegation of the European Union to China

EU supports China in the enhancement of capabilities in the area of nuclear emergency management and in the management of severe nuclear accidents

Beijing, China, 16/02/2017 - 05:12, UNIQUE ID: 170227_3
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Beijing, 16 February 2017

Today, a project funded by the European Union (EU) to enhance the capabilities in China in the area of nuclear emergency management and in the management of severe nuclear accidents has been successfully completed. The project's aim was to assist in the implementation of a comprehensive and generally applicable RODOS (Real-time on-line decision support) system for off-site management of possible nuclear emergencies. This tool provides coherent support at all stages of an accident (i.e. before, during and after a release of radioactive elements), including the long-term management and restoration of contaminated areas. It is able to support decisions about the introduction of a wide range of potentially useful countermeasures, thus mitigating the consequences of an accident with respect to health, environment, and economy.

The project has been implemented by the German Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) over a period of 2 years, and in close cooperation with the China Institute for Radiation Protection, the Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research & Design Institute, the China Nuclear Power Engineering Co. Ltd. and the National Nuclear Emergency Response Technical Assistance Centre (NNERTAC) as the main partner organizations.

RODOS has been installed in, and will be operated by the NNERTAC. The KIT also provided training for RODOS operators and system administrators, enabling the new emergency centre to support a comprehensive assessment of the radiological situation following a nuclear or radiological incident or accident. It provides the basis for harmonized and effective nuclear emergency management, planning and response. The new installation will result in a more coherent response to any accident which may affect Asia or Europe and is an interlink to countries operating RODOS since many years.

This activity is part of a wider project being implemented in China under the auspices of the EU's Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC) involving cooperation between European and Chinese organisations in the area of preparedness for and the management of radiological and nuclear emergencies.   

Background

Following the Chornobyl accident in 1986, the EU launched a nuclear safety programme under TACIS (Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States) which, between 1991 and 2006, allocated some €1.3 billion to nuclear safety and security projects. From 2007 to 2013, the EU expanded its nuclear safety assistance to third countries under the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC) with a total budget allocation of €524 million. In June 2014, the strategy for the implementation of Phase 2 of the INSC (2014 – 2020) was agreed, committing an extra €225 million for nuclear safety projects.

Cooperation with China began in 2010, and to date, about €10 million (about CNY 73.7 million) has been committed for China under the INSC.

RODOS has been installed in national emergency centres in more than 10 countries in Europe and worldwide, partially with the support of the EU's INSC. 

For more information, please contact:
Ms C. Thormählen, European Commission DEVCO Project Manager; e-mail: christina.thormaehlen@ec.europa.eu
Mr Mr. Xiujing, NNERTAC; e-mail: fan_dan2006@163.com
Mr W. Raskob, KIT; e-mail: wolfgang.raskob@kit.edu

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