The European Commission has announced that it is planning to offer a public tender worth up to EUR 1 million for severe accident management consultancy for China in March.
The overall objective of the project is to enhance capabilities in China in the areas of:
a) preparedness for and the management of radiological and nuclear emergencies
b) severe accident analysis and management.
The document said, "European knowledge and experience will be transferred to the key Chinese organisations with responsibility for, or an interest in, the respective areas with a view to bringing their capabilities more in line with the best international practice.
"The specific objective of the project in the area of preparedness for and the management of radiological and nuclear emergencies is to assess whether and to what extent the current standards and arrangements for emergency management in China may need to be revised in light of European and other international experience. The aim is to enhance the capabilities in China for carrying out timely and effective airborne monitoring following a nuclear or radiological emergency.
"The specific objective of the project in the area of severe accident management is to enhance the capabilities of the Chinese Nuclear Power Technology Research Institute (CNPRI) in severe accident analysis and management, in particular in the areas of severe accident management guidelines (SAMGs) for plant shutdown conditions and damaged fuel in spent fuel storage ponds, interfaces between SAMGs and emergency operating procedures, and on- and off-site emergency preparedness."