They will work on environmental protection and rehabilitation after the decommissioning of nuclear facilities, waste management and transport of nuclear and radioactive materials.
ENUSA’s president has valued this agreement as a great international opportunity for ENUSA and to position itself as a strategic partner of the organization in training and dissemination.
ENUSA and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have signed what is their first collaboration agreement. As a result of the excellent relations which they have been maintaining for years, both entities have signed an agreement which, in the words of Mr. José Vicente Berlanga, ENUSA’s Chairman, “represents a great international opportunity for a nuclear company, as it facilitates the establishment of alliances with the countries which make up this organization”. The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Director General and head of the IAEA’s Department of Nuclear Energy, Mr. Mikhail Chudakov.
The agreement gives structure and shape to the extensive collaboration which has marked the relations between ENUSA and the IAEA, and focuses on three lines of action: nuclear fuel cycle, advanced technology fuel development (including accident tolerant fuels) and spent fuel management; radioactive waste management, decommissioning of nuclear facilities (including decommissioning) and environmental remediation (including uranium concentrates production facilities); and transport of nuclear and radioactive materials as well as logistics of radioisotope products for nuclear medicine (including modal transport, distribution and documentation, their development and implementation).
The IAEA is currently developing and implementing activities with member states in the fields of environmental protection and post-decommissioning rehabilitation of nuclear facilities. ENUSA has a deep and unique experience in the rehabilitation of former uranium mines and uranium concentrates manufacturing facilities, which will represent a valuable contribution of the Spanish state-owned company to other countries which have the same needs.
In this way, ENUSA becomes a strategic partner in training and outreach, offering complementary support to the IAEA through various resources such as online tools for distance learning, co-organization of training events and meetings, as well as internships and scholarships. “The synergies that can be produced with this collaboration will be beneficial for both parties and will bring the two organizations even closer together”, said ENUSA’s president.
This signing took place within the framework of the IAEA’s 65th General Conference which was held last week in Vienna, where the ENUSA delegation was received by the IAEA’s Director General, Mr. Mariano Grossi, and by the Ambassador Permanent Representative of Spain to the International Organizations in Vienna, Ms. Esther Monterrubio Villarcón.
During this trip, working meetings were also held with national delegations from the UAE, Argentina and Brazil, as well as with those responsible for the organization related to Latin America and the Caribbean, which served to identify the fields of action where our company can meet the needs of these countries. In this sense, there have also been high-level meetings with strategic companies for ENUSA and with representatives of the international organization integrated in the UN, such as the director of the Division for Latin America and the Caribbean of the IAEA’s Department of Technical Cooperation, Mr. Luis Longoria.
The result of these intense days of work and negotiations represents one more step in the search for new markets and business opportunities which mark the internationalization strategy envisaged in ENUSA’s Strategic Plan 21-30. These are actions with which the Company is making progress in order to lay the foundations for the next ten years which will consolidate it, also on the international scene, as a company specialized in nuclear engineering services, in waste management and in the dismantling of nuclear facilities.