October 31, 2017
A third-party evaluation was conducted from April to October 2017 to assess the results of the Nuclear Security Project at the Ulba Metallurgical Plant (UMP) of the Republic of Kazakhstan (*completed in February 2015 with 337 million JPY disbursed).
In June, two experts from the Center of the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (Tokyo), which is entrusted with the task of evaluation, visited the UMP in Ust-Kamenogorsk for inspection of the facility, as well as discussed the performance of the project with the Committee on Atomic and Energy Supervision and Control of the Ministry of Energy and National Atomic Company “Kazatomprom” in Astana.
The evaluator made a comprehensive analysis of the project, including operational conditions of the physical protection system, improvement of the staff’s competence through training courses, impact and synergy of the project, and sustainable efforts being made by the facility for strengthening nuclear security. The findings of the evaluator were compiled into a report and presented to the Japan-Kazakhstan Committee with recommendations and lessons learnt for the future activities.
(FYI) Projects for Strengthening Nuclear Security in Kazakhstan (2011-2015)
April 22, 2016
Ex-post project evaluation was implemented from November 2015 to March 2016 to assess the results of the Nuclear Security Project at the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Republic of Kazakhstan (*completed in February 2013 with 89 million JPY spent).
In December last year, the Nuclear Material Control Center of Japan, entrusted with conducting the evaluation, dispatched two experts to Kazakhstan for on-site observation of the facility and for consultations with the representatives of the Institute and the regulatory authorities.
The mission assessed the results of the project in a comprehensive manner; the evaluation criteria include, among others, improvement of the security hardware, development of the staff’s competence through the training course, and other sustainable efforts being made by the Institute for further strengthening nuclear security. The findings of the mission were presented to the Japan-Kazakhstan Committee with relevant recommendations and lessons learnt for the future joint activities.
(FYI) “The Completion Ceremony for Nuclear Security Project at the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Republic of Kazakhstan” (June 19, 2013)
May 7, 2015
The completion ceremony of the Japan-Kazakhstan joint project for strengthening nuclear security (worth 432 million Japanese yen) was held on April 30, 2015 in the Ministry of Energy of the Repuplic of Kazakhstan, Astana city, with the attendance of government officials of the both countries.
Kazakhstani First Vice-Minister for Energy U. KARABALIN expressed appreciation for the assistance extended by Japan in times of growing global terrorism, and added that assurance of nuclear security would help Kazakhstan to improve the credibility of its nuclear industry. Then, Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs K. SONOURA pointed out the importance of continued concerted efforts between Japan and Kazakhstan in the sphere of nuclear security, noting that the both states co-chair the Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the CTBT as the countries suffering either nuclear tests or atomic bombings.
The joint project was implemented based on the Implementing Arrangement signed in November 2011 between the Japan-Kazakhstan Committee on Cooperation for the Destruction of Nuclear Weapons Reduced in the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies (later reorganized into the Ministry of Energy). The whole range of works done under this project has allowed the Ulba Metallurgical Plant and the Institute of Nuclear Physics to maintain the robust physical barriers as well as effectively detect potential intruder threats; concrete fences, alarm sensors, video surveillance and communication systems have been upgraded. In addition to that, training was provided for the facility staff in collaboration with the IAEA.