As you know, it's almost more than three years after representatives from Asia, Europe, and the United States met for the IFRAM meeting held August 4–5, 2011, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado to share information on reactor aging management and to make plans for the future. At that time, I was elected as a chairman of the Leadership Council and we had a good start. However, in the process of the rather formal structuring as a group with a kind of MOU, the process started to take more time for this administrative work and actual work we aimed at the beginning was slow down.

The primary mission of the International Forum for Reactor Aging Management (IFRAM) is to facilitate global cooperation and a network for those engaged in reactor aging management.  IFRAM intended and still intend to gather two kinds of information needed to pursue this mission: 

1)         Description of organization’s on-going and planned programs/ projects on reactor aging management

2)         Description of organization’s expertise and capabilities for individuals and groups.     

In order to promote the IFRAM activities, start-up strategy was to use existing meetings to leverage International Forum activities.

Use activities to provide peer-review/identify best practices in the emerging PMMD (LTO) processes: - ensure safe and secure plant life extension;  identify regulatory gaps;  establish the technical bases for life extension – particularly provide an assessment of the state of the art and IDENTIFY open questions and issues that require research or other actions. Establish a data base (and library of materials) for naturally and laboratory aged materials (particularly focused on 40+ years)

In order to recall our original plan and schedule, intended timeline was as follow.

2009

Objective:  To introduce concept of International Forum for LWR Aging Management

Activities:  1) Hold Engagement Workshop in Korea on October 12-13 and 2) Plan for second Engagement Workshop in European Union.

2010

Objective:  To initiate efforts to coordinate international PMMD and related aging management/LTO activities

Activities:  1) Hold Engagement Workshop in European Union (March 2010), 2) Form Steering Group (July 2010), and 3) Have “kick-off” of  International Forum (September 2010).

Consolidate/combine and summarize information on national activities in a capabilities/activities matrix – use this to initiate some coordination of activities.

2011

Objective:  To initiate focus group activities (to address key questions, share insights etc)

Activities:  1) Identify process for focus groups to use (same as used for PINC?), 2) Determine specific focus groups that are needed and participants for each one, 3) Develop guidance for PMMD focus groups, 4)  Try to hold some focus group sessions in conjunction with  other meetings and 5) Engage  in organization of 2012 IAEA meeting on Plant Life Management (PLIM).

2012

Objective:  To fully implement focus group activities and obtain results and recommendations from them.

Activities:  1) Coordinate international PMMD activities, 2) Facilitate sharing of samples and materials aging data etc., 3) Plan and conduct focus group meetings, 4) Present papers on LTO/PMMD topics by participants in  IAEA 3rd PLiM meeting.

2013

Objective:  To support development of methods for predicting safe life of nuclear power plants

Activities:  1) Organize PLIM-like conference for 2014; report on methods for prediction of safe life, technical basis for life extension, regulatory basis for licensing, and State-of-the Art for PMMD.

2014

Objective:  To support integration of LTO/PMMD international efforts

Activities: 1)  Identify path forward for R&D in materials to facilitate safe life extension, 2) Hold PMMD conference and present paper on the status and success of the PMMD International Forum

 2015

Objective:  To support integration of LTO/PMMD international efforts

Activities: 1)  have participants address technical issues in R&D for materials to facilitate safe life extension, 2) Hold conference and publish proceedings (possibly NUGRG or other documents that provide reference for state of the art and remaining open questions)

 

            However, the activities of the last three years was slow down in the process of MOU completion even now not completed and most active task was Handbook proposed and processed by Prof. Il Soon Hwang, SNU, Korea and Dr. K. S. Kang, IAEA. Now it's a time to accelerate our international cooperative activities as soon as possible to meet our original aim and originally intended delivertives based upon more frequent Conference call and annual meeting taking an opportunity with other international meeting such as Env. Deg. Meeting in Ottawa in 2015 as a possibility to be decided by the Leadership Council and the members. We also need to set up some focus group based upon our discussion and identification.

            I would highly appreciate all of you to collaborate tightly to catch up our plan as soon as possible which would only be possible by the active participant of all of you.