Nuclear Early Warning System at naval bases
The Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) which is under the purview of the
Power and Energy Ministry has taken measures to instal the Nuclear
Disaster Early Warning System (NEWS) at naval bases.
Two technical experts from the manufacturing Company SAPHYMO of
Germany are already in Sri Lanka for assembling, testing, installation
of the equipment and to train the operating staff.
An agreement was signed by the AEA, Sri Lanka Navy and Disaster
Management Ministry recently.
According to this agreement, the first four out of the eight Remote
Director Stations (RDS) are to be installed at Kalpitiya, Thalaimannar,
Delft Island and Kankasanthurai Naval bases. Other four RDS will be
installed at Colombo, Trincomalee, Galle and Kandy districts.
The network Central Monitoring Station (CMS) will be installed at the
Radiological Emergency Operation Centre located at the AEA premises.
The NEWS would assist in identifying possible nuclear accidents in
neighbouring countries and provide the basis for radiological emergency
response and early warning to the public through the disaster management
system of the country. The AEA is in the process of training ARA staff
members, Navy and Disaster Management Centre officers on the operation
of the System, response procedures and decision making based on NEWS.
The NEWS is donated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
under the IAEA Technical Cooperation Projection the Development of
National Capability to respond to radiological emergencies in Sri Lanka.