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Cablegate: U.S. And China Hold First Probabilistic Safety Assessment

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State for EAP/CM, EB/ESC, OES/ENV, INR/EAP;
USTR for China Office
Beijing for FCS, ESTH and DOE
USDOE for Nuclear Energy/Miller, Lyons, Herczeg, Gillespie,
McGinnis
USDOE for NNSA/Baker, Black, Whitney, Huizenga, Bieniawski
USDOE for PI/Sandalow, Yoshida, Cutler, Huangfu

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TAGS: ENRG TRGY SENV PREL PGOV CH
SUBJECT: U.S. AND CHINA HOLD FIRST PROBABILISTIC SAFETY ASSESSMENT
WORKSHOP FOR NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS IN SHENZEN, CHINA

REF: 09 STATE 129517

1. (SBU) Officials and nuclear energy experts from the United States
and China convened in Shenzhen, Guangdong January 20-23 to share
information and best practices for improving safety in the operation
of nuclear power plants (NPPS). The workshop was a key cooperative
activity that the U.S. Department of Energy and the Chinese National
Energy Administration (NEA) agreed to organize during a meeting last
August of the 5th U.S.-China Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC)
under the Peaceful Uses of Energy Technology (PUNT) Agreement. As
the first bilateral workshop organized around the theme of
probabilistic safety assessment (PSA), the bulk of presentations and
discussion at the workshop focused on the benefits and diverse
applications of PSA, a risk assessment methodology that analyzes
both the magnitude of a potential adverse consequence and the
likelihood that such a consequence would occur.

2. (SBU) The U.S. delegation was led by the Deputy Director of
Department of Energy (DOE) Office at Embassy Beijing and included an
official from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and four nuclear
safety experts employed by U.S. DOE laboratories. Chinese
participants included officials from the National Energy
Administration, the Ministry of Environmental Protection's National
Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA), experts from the China Nuclear
Power Technology Research Institute, as well as representatives from
leading nuclear power companies.

3. (SBU) The two sides agreed to a series of potential follow-on
activities, subject to the availability of resources. These include
other workshops that would address specific topics identified during
the Shenzhen workshop and a pilot project at an existing and
operating NPP in China that would bring together U.S. and Chinese
technical teams to implement key safety projects.

4. (U) This cable was coordinated with the U.S. DOE delegation that
attended the workshop.

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