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DOE/NNSA, Norway Sign a New Memorandum of Understanding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under which Norway will continue its partnership with DOE/NNSA’s global nonproliferation efforts. The MOU was signed by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Since 2005, several countries, including Norway, have supported global nuclear security work through financial contributions to DOE/NNSA. Norway’s latest support brings this total amount to more than $94.5 million.

“We appreciate Norway’s continued commitment to advancing our common international security goals,” said Secretary Moniz. “Our partnership with Norway allows us to accelerate programs aimed at preventing nuclear and radiological terrorism around the world.”

International contributions, whether financial or in-kind, augment DOE/NNSA’s important nonproliferation and international security programs.

Norway will provide funding to DOE/NNSA’s various counter nuclear smuggling and threat reduction initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe. Specifically, Norway will continue to fund work under DOE/NNSA’s Second Line of Defense (SLD) program to strengthen partner countries’ capabilities to combat the illicit trafficking of special nuclear and other radiological materials at border crossings and checkpoints. Funding will also go to DOE/NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI), which works to prevent terrorist acquisition of nuclear and radiological materials.

To date, Canada, Finland, Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Norway have all committed resources to partnerships with DOE/NNSA programs that pursue nonproliferation efforts around the world, including: 

  • More than $31 million to shut down weapons-grade plutonium production reactors in Russia.
  • Nearly $8 million to reduce and protect vulnerable nuclear and radiological materials located at civilian nuclear sites worldwide.
  • More than $17 million to strengthen security at international land borders, seaports and airports that may be used as smuggling routes for nuclear or radiological materials.

DOE/NNSA and Norway have also partnered to strengthen emergency preparedness and response programs worldwide, as well as assisted in improving the International Atomic Energy Agency’s capability to facilitate and coordinate nuclear accident or radiological emergency assistance under the Convention on Assistance.

More information on NNSA’s Second Line of Defense Program is available here.

More information on NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative is available here.

A fact sheet on NNSA’s efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism is available here.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.