Keywords: ageing management, research reactors, renewal licensing, nuclear regulation, periodic safety review, regulatory body tasks, decommissioning, periodic maintenance, nuclear energy, Indonesia, nuclear regulation, nuclear power, nuclear reactors, licensing
An ageing management system for a research reactor in Indonesia
According to the requirements of Indonesia Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (BAPETEN), Safety Review (SR) to the report on ageing should be carried out for the license renewal applications of research reactors. Ageing management is one of the important safety factors to be reviewed for license renewal applications. In order to assess continued operation of a research reactor from the reactor safety standpoint, a methodical approach should be taken. Such an approach will utilise data from the ageing management programme and should incorporate the following considerations: a safety review of the reactor tailored to establish the actual status of the systems regarding degradation from ageing or other specific mechanisms; an overview of the potential refurbishment needs, categorising and prioritising them; a selection of the critical items and identification of the relevant ageing mechanisms; the establishment of the technical feasibility of the refurbishment programme; and the identification of further studies and inspections to refine the preliminary assessment. This paper described the ageing management system for research reactor in Indonesia, including the rules and regulation, the licensing process and the periodic review of ageing management.