Under an agreement with the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, (JAERI), the NEA supported an international research project aimed at developing a Plant Safety Monitoring and Assessment System, known as the PLASMA project, for use with VVER nuclear reactors. This project was completed in the course of 2000.
The Norwegian Institutt for Energiteknikk (IFE), the operator of the OECD Halden Reactor Project, carried out this joint research project with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (KFKI), the Atomic Energy Research Institute of Hungary (AEKI), and PAKS Nuclear Power Plant Ltd, where the system was implemented and demonstrated.
The PLASMA system is intended to be generic in nature and thus applicable to various VVERs. In addition to the target installation in the PAKS nuclear power plant, a comprehensive user training programme was implemented.