April 30, 2021

ROSATOM KEEPS TRACK OF THE SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL THROUGH A DEDICATED INFORMATION SYSTEM

On March 15, 2021, Rosatom awarded a 7 million Rubles (USD 95 227) contract for monitoring and expert support for the operation of a system for control of nuclear material in Russia as this relates to the operation of a subsystem for accounting for spent nuclear fuel of Federal Information System (FIS) constituting a part of System for State Accounting and Control for Nuclear Material.

The contract was awarded to Rosatom organization Atombezopasnost through a non-competitive procurement procedure for a period of one year (2021). Similar contracts have been awarded to Atombezopasnost annually since 2017.

The services in question include:

- collecting and analyzing information on spent nuclear fuel submitted by nuclear operators and entering this information in a subsystem for accounting for spent nuclear fuel;

- verifying compliance between information received from operators and information on spent nuclear fuel available in FIS and notifying operators on detected mistakes;

- preparing reports regarding spent fuel and submitting to stakeholders, including Rosatom organizations responsible for the development of Rosatom System for Spent Fuel Management;

- maintaining equipment of subsystem for accounting for spent nuclear fuel and ensuring the cybersecurity of the subsystem;

- backing up information processed with the subsystem and restoring the information as needed;

- consulting operators as this relates to preparing reports submitted for entering in the subsystem;

- reviewing subsystem malfunctions and preparing suggestions regarding upgrades of subsystems software.

The development of FIS stretched from the mid-1990s to the late-2010s and was a product of cooperation between the Russian Federation and the USA.

Sources:
1. Procurement # 210303/0451/041. Monitoring and expert support for the operation of the system for control of nuclear material in Russia as this relates to the operation of the subsystem for accounting for spent nuclear fuel of System for State Accounting and Control for Nuclear Material. March 15, 2021.
2. Procurement # 170731/0451/237. Monitoring and expert support for the operation of the system for control of nuclear material in Russia as this relates to the operation of the subsystem for accounting for spent nuclear fuel of System for State Accounting and Control for Nuclear Material. August 8, 2017.
3. Developing a nuclear material control and accounting system in Russia. December 2013.