WANO opens Hong Kong office to focus on nuclear power market in Asia

The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) has opened an office in Hong Kong to house its pre-startup peer review team. The purpose of pre-startup peer reviews is to focus on the preparation and readiness of new plants to start safely and reliably, WANO said in a press release.

The majority of new nuclear construction projects are taking place in Asia and the Hong Kong location allows WANO to provide support to members’ projects both locally and globally.

“Safety is our top priority and this will contribute immensely to safety of the plants,” said Jean-Marie Baggio, pre-startup peer review team leader. “One of the recommendations from the Post-Fukushima Commission is that WANO must conduct a pre-startup peer review at each new nuclear power plant before initial criticality of the reactor.”

WANO is a non-profit member association established in 1989 by the world’s nuclear power operators to exchange safety knowledge and operating experience amongst organizations operating commercial nuclear power reactors. WANO members operate some 440 nuclear units in more than 30 countries around the world.

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