August 9 through 22, 1997
Prepared by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
(PNNL), Richland, Washington
Novovoronezh Staff Collaborate on Factory
Acceptance Tests of Emergency Water Supply System. On August 13
and 14, two representatives from Novovoronezh nuclear power plant (NPP)
inspected the emergency water supply pumping system assembled for the
first time at the Wheatley Gaso pump test facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Novovoronezh specialists collaborated in conducting factory acceptance
tests of the pump, diesel driver, and diesel generator. They subjected
the system to a range of tests including multiple cold starts, cycling of
protective trips, and a 24-hour operational run-in period. Minor
performance discrepancies noted during the testing are being resolved. The
pumping system will be shipped to the Novovoronezh plant in September.
Representatives from Parsons Power, the U.S. contractor for the project,
witnessed the tests along with U.S. technical specialists. (Dan Couch,
Battery Technology Transferred via Moscow
Workshop. In close collaboration with Rosenergoatom, U.S. team
members conducted a workshop on July 29 to transfer technology on
direct-current power supplies. The objectives of the workshop were to
transfer technology for upgrading direct-current power supply systems at
Russian NPPs and to identify future needs for safety-grade batteries at
Russian NPPs. Participants included representatives from Rosenergoatom,
Atomenergoproekt, Gosatomnadzor, and U.S. and Russian battery
manufacturers. Representatives of each of the Russian nuclear power
plants (NPPs) and contractor Burns & Roe also participated. Specialists
from Burns & Roe and Atomenergoproekt (St. Petersburg) presented
information on the direct-current power supply project at Kola NPP. Kursk
NPP staff also gave a presentation on the Kursk direct-current power
supply project. Gosatomnadzor personnel provided regulatory perspectives
on the Kola and Kursk projects and described Russian standards.
Representatives of the Russian Battery Research Institute, Russian battery
manufacturer Electrotiaga, and U.S. battery manufacturers NLI and GNB
Battery Technologies also gave presentations. The Russian NPP
representatives discussed the current status of and future needs for
battery technology at their plants. Rosenergoatom provided a summary of
these needs. Based on input from this workshop, a revised technology
transfer plan will be developed. (Ron Wright, PNNL, 509-372-4076; Norm
Fletcher, DOE, 301-903-3275)
Criticality Safety Training Under Way
in Moscow. A criticality safety course for Gosatomnadzor
personnel began in Moscow on August 18 and continues through August 28.
The course modules, comparable to those used in training personnel from
the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, are being presented by Oak Ridge
Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and ORISE consultants. The
objective of the course is to familiarize Gosatomnadzor staff with modern
methods for addressing criticality safety for fuel cycle facilities. This
objective is particularly relevant in light of the two recent criticality
accidents in Russia, one of which resulted in a fatality. (Jim Wiborg,
Plant Managers Tour U.S. Commercial Nuclear Power Plants. In
early August, several key personnel from Zaporizhzhya NPP toured two
commercial nuclear power plants in the United States. The Zaporizhzhya
plant?s shift supervisor and the heads of the quality assurance, technical
support, and information systems departments were accompanied by
representatives of U.S. contractor Stone & Webster Engineering Company.
The visit to North Anna NPP on August 6 included a tour of the simulator,
demonstrations of North Anna?s configuration management database, a tour
of the plant including the control room, and a question-and-answer period.
North Anna staff provided documents describing their configuration
management program. The visit went well, with the Zaporizhzhya personnel
asking many perceptive questions and gaining a good understanding of how a
configuration management program functions at a typical U.S. plant. The
delegation from Ukraine visited Catawba NPP for similar meetings on August
11 before returning home on August 12. (Dan Couch, PNNL, 509-372-4591)
Workshop Teaches Effective Use of Simulators for Training Plant
Staff. Simulator training specialists from Khmelnytskyy and
Zaporizhzhya NPPs and the Engineering and Technical Center for the
Training of Nuclear Industry Personnel participated in a workshop at
Zaporizhzhya NPP during the week of August 18. The workshop, conducted by
U.S. training specialists, was designed to assist trainers at Ukraine?s
NPPs to use simulators more effectively in plant operator training
activities. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
New Leaders Participate in
Workshop on Research and Development Management Principles.
Seven key managers for the Chornobyl Center/Slavutych Laboratory spent the
first two weeks of August in Seattle, Washington, reviewing Western
principles and techniques of management and learning how to apply them to
the design and operation of their new research and development (R&D)
complex. Participants included a Ukrainian government official and six
managers of the Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety, Radioactive Waste and
Radioecology/ Slavutych Laboratory for International Research and
Technology--four from Kyiv and two from Slavutych. All are expected to
play key roles in establishing management conventions and practices for
the new Chornobyl Center/Slavutych Laboratory.
U.S. team members
designed and conducted the workshop, which was focused on six key areas:
- issues to be considered in R&D organization design and operation
- relevant worldwide trends in the R&D industry and their impact on R&D
- critical factors for success of the center
departments for the center
- principles of management and leadership
- next steps in center design and operation.
In addition to
classroom discussion sessions, the workshop included tours and talks with
representatives of several R&D and commercial facilities in the northwest
Washington--Pacific Northwest National Laboratory?s Marine Sciences
Laboratory, the Boeing Company, and Microsoft Corporation. The workshop
activities enabled the participants to work together for the first time
and get to know one another. The sessions also exposed participants to
issues that until recently were not a part of Ukrainian business
operations--for example, contracting, marketing, estimating overheads,
determining staff labor costs.
The workshop discussions
- provided an initial framework for designing center functions
- identified functions requiring more in-depth focus
short- and long-term needs for staff training
- provided a preliminary
management plan for the center
- identified management and leadership
issues that center management will address as new staff members are hired.
(Jon Olson, PNNL, 206-528-3200)
European Bank Requests
Expressions of Interest in Projects at the Chornobyl Shelter.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued its
requests for expressions of interest and capabilities on August 15 as
scheduled. The two announcements request responses from industry to
submit bids for work on the early biddable projects and to act as the
project management unit (the entity that will manage the work in the
field). The expressions of interest are due to the EBRD by September 15.
The team preparing the specifications for the early biddable projects will
present those specifications to the Ukrainian Nuclear Regulatory
Administration (NRA) for review on September 9. NRA comments and any
comments from the EBRD will be incorporated into the specifications during
the following week to support preparation of the tenders for the four
groups of early biddable projects. Those groups are civil engineering,
operations and monitoring, emergency systems, and fuel-containing
material. (Dennis Kreid, PNNL, 509-375-2170)
Canada and United
States to Provide Joint Funding for Chornobyl Unit 3/4 Ventilation Stack
Repairs. Canada and the United States jointly will fund
Ukrainian-led and -directed repairs to the Unit 3/4 ventilation stack and
foundation. A request for proposal was sent to managers of the Chornobyl
Shelter in early August for their review. Their response is expected to
provide the basis for issuing Canadian and U.S. contracts with the Shelter
for the material and construction services necessary to repair the
ventilation stack damage caused by the April 1986 accident. Participants
in the effort are striving to begin the actual repairs before the end of
1997 and the onset of inclement weather. (John Schmidt, PNNL,
Radiation Zone Clothing and Respirators en Route to
Chornobyl Shelter. An initial shipment of respirators and
radiation-zone clothing arrived at the port of St. Petersburg on August 7.
As of August 22, the shipment was on its way to Ukrainian customs at
Chernigev, about 30 miles from Chornobyl. The equipment and clothing were
provided by four sites from within the U.S. Department of Energy
complex--Hanford, Idaho Falls, Oak Ridge, and Savannah River--which no
longer had need for them. The U.S. team now is working with those sites to
obtain and recondition radiation survey and personnel survey instruments
to meet outstanding needs at the Shelter. (John Schmidt, PNNL,
- "*" indicates the event is a new item or has been
changed from the last report.
- "TBD" means the event date or
location is to be determined.
- Note: in the interest of providing
a timely update on the Soviet-Designed-Reactor SafetyProgram, no formal
document review of this weekly report has been conducted by DOE or PNNL.
August 22-September 18 -- Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA.
An introductory training course in applying the RELAP5 computer code to
safety assessments of Soviet-designed NPPs will be conducted. This
session?s participants will be specialists from Rivne, Khmelnytskyy, and
Zaporizhzhya NPPs, and the Energoatom organization, all in Ukraine. (Don
Fletcher, INEEL, 208-526-7652; Ross Jensen, ANL, 208-533-7911)
*August 22-30 -- Moscow, Russia.
Meetings will be held to
organize the framework of cooperation for the Kursk Unit 1 in-depth safety
assessments. Participants include representatives of Rosenergoatom, the
Research and Development Institute for Power Engineering, Kursk NPP, and
the U.S. team. They plan to obtain agreement on project organization;
identify plant involvement, responsibilities, and commitments; and define
responsibilities of other Russian participants. Drafts of initial
statements of work will be developed during the meetings. (Gary Smith,
August 25-30 -- St. Petersburg and Sosnovy Bor,
A U.S. specialist and representatives of Leningrad NPP
will discuss plant-specific procedures for collecting data for use in the
Leningrad Unit 1 probabilistic safety analysis. The meeting goal is to
integrate generic data collection information with specific plant
information to produce a working draft of the data collection procedure to
be used. (Walter Pasedag, DOE, 301-903-3628)
August 25-September 4
-- Moscow, Russia.
Nuclear safety inspectors from Gosatomnadzor
will attend a criticality safety training course. Staff of the Oak Ridge
Institute for Science and Education will present the course at
Gosatomnadzor head- quarters. (Ed Branagan, Jr., DOE, 301-903-6509;
George Vargo, PNNL, 509-375-6836)
*August 30-September 13 --
Richland, Washington; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
Five participants from Ukraine will witness acceptance tests
for the neutron monitoring system and review needs for remote systems
technologies for the Chornobyl Shelter. (Dennis Kreid, PNNL,
509-375-2170) (Workshop No. 97-142; Travel Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL,
*August 31-September 4 -- St. Petersburg, Russia.
A closing seminar will be held for phase I of the Leningrad Unit
2 probabilistic safety assessment. The seminar will involve participants
from Sweden, Russia, Great Britain, and the United States, including
representatives from the Swedish International Projects office, ENTEK,
AEA-Technologies, Gosatomnadzor, Leningrad NPP, and technical leads from
the U.S. team. (Walt Pasedag, DOE, 301-903-3628)
September 1-5 --
Chornobyl NPP, Ukraine.
A U.S. training specialist will work with
Chornobyl NPP staff to prepare training materials for the Control Room
Reactor Operator training course. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
*September 1-12 -- Bilibino NPP, Russia.
A U.S. training
specialist will conduct the first working visit to assist in preparing
training materials for the Shift Supervisor training course. (Sonja
Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
September 1-12 -- Novovoronezh Training
A U.S. training specialist will conduct a working
visit to assist in preparation of training materials for the Shift
Supervisor training course. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
September 1-12 -- Kalinin NPP, Russia.
experts will conduct a working visit to assist in the preparation of
training materials for the Mechanical Maintenance training course at
Kalinin NPP. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
September 1-12 --
Kursk NPP, Russia.
U.S. training experts will assist in preparing
training materials and then observe the implementation of the Mechanical
Maintenance training course at Kursk NPP. (Sonja Haber, BNL,
*September 1-December 1 -- Rockville, Maryland, USA.
A training course on the ADAM computer code will be taught by
code developer Energy Research, Inc. ADAM (Accident Diagnostics,
Analysis, and Management Systems) is intended for application to accident
progression analysis, severe accident studies, source term
characterization, and evaluation of emergency operating and severe
accident procedures in light water reactors. A representative of
Slovakia?s Nuclear Regulatory Authority will attend the course. (Gary
Smith, PNNL, 509-375-4482) (Workshop No. 97-140; Travel Coordinator
Chrissy Garcia, PNNL, 509-372-4013)
*September 2-4 -- Reston,
Representatives of Rosenergoatom, the Research and
Development Institute for Power Engineering, the Kurchatov Institute, and
Kursk NPP will meet with U.S. specialists to plan the Kursk Unit 1
in-depth safety assessment. They will discuss the scope of the assessment
and participant roles and responsibilities. Initial tasks will be
identified for all participants. (Gary Smith, PNNL, 509-375-4482)
(Workshop No. 97-143; Travel Coordinator Jennifer Carpenter, PNNL,
*September 4-14 -- Chelan, Washington, USA.
Three Russian participants will attend a conference on nuclear
criticality safety. (John Schmidt, PNNL, 509-372-6377) (Workshop No.
97-134;Travel Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL, 509-375-6554)
*September 6-13 -- St. Petersburg, Russia.
of the U.S. team will brief prospective Russian bidders on the Shelter
Implementation Plan task that will be tenederd by the European Bank for
Reconstruction and Development. Briefings will cover both the structure
and logic of the plan and the European Bank?s contracting process.
Briefings will be held with representatives of the Khlopin Radium
Institute, the All-Russian Planning and Design, Research and Technological
Association, the Kurchatov Institute, Institute of Physics and Power
Engineering, Research and Development Institute for Power Engineering, and
the Russian Academy of Sciences Nuclear Safety Institute. (Ray Hunter,
*September 7-12 -- Kyiv, Ukraine.
coordinating committee for the Ukraine plant fire safety upgrade will meet
to begin work on upgrade activities. Participants include representatives
of Derzhkomatom, Energoproekt, the Ukraine State Department for Fire
Safety, the Nuclear Facility Licensing Department of the Nuclear
Regulatory Administration, and Zaporizhzhya NPP. (Chuck Ramsey, DOE,
September 8-12 -- Prague, Czech Republic.
Specialists from Science Applications International Corporation will
conduct a training workshop on probabilistic risk assessment at the
company?s offices in Prague. Russian participants in the Novovoronezh
Units 3 and 4 in-depth safety assessment will participate, as will a
representative of the U.S. team. The hands-on workshop will include
practice applications of the software to be used in the probabilistic risk
assessment work. (Jordi Roglans, ANL, 630-252-3283)
-- Obninsk, Russia.
The Second International Information Exchange
Forum on Analytical Methods and Computational Tools for NPP Safety
Assessment will be conducted at the Institute for Physics and Power
Engineering in Obninsk, Russia. Both the International Atomic Energy
Agency and the Nuclear Energy Agency have committed support for the
workshop. A wide range of participants is anticipated, representing
bilateral and multilateral assistance projects involving safety analysis
of Soviet-designed reactors. (Jan Van Erp, ANL 630-252-3381; Jeff Binder,
September 8-12 -- Oradell, New Jersey;
Washington, D.C., USA.
Representatives from Armenia NPP will meet
with U.S. project team counterparts to conduct a project review meeting.
A technical tour of Indian Point NPP is planned. (Dennis Meyers, DOE,
301-903-1418) (Workshop No. 97-141; Travel Coordinator Gail Flora,
September 8-16 -- Moscow, Russia, and Kyiv,
Members of the U.S. team will meet in Moscow with plant
management from Kola, Kalinin, Novovoronezh, Balakovo, and Bilibino NPPs
to discuss the status of simulator projects for each site. Similar
discussions will be held in Kyiv for Rivne and South Ukraine NPPs. (Peter
Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982; Walter Pasedag, DOE, 301-903-3628)
September 8-19 -- Rivne NPP, Ukraine.
U.S. training experts
will conduct the first working visit to assist in the preparation of
training materials for the Instrumentation and Control training course at
Rivne NPP. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
September 8-19 --
Zaporizhzhya NPP, Ukraine.
U.S. training experts will conduct the
first working visit to assist in the preparation of training materials for
the Water Chemistry training course at Zaporizhzhya NPP. (Sonja Haber,
September 8-19 -- Kozloduy NPP, Bulgaria.
U.S. training experts will assist in preparing training materials
and then observe the implementation of the Mechanical Maintenance training
course at Kozloduy NPP. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
*September 8-23 -- San Diego, California, USA.
Russian participants will attend a training course covering quality
assurance for circuit breaker manufacturing. U.S. technical specialists
also will attend. (Ron Wright, PNNL, 509-372-4076) (Workshop No.
97-099; Travel Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL, 509-375-6554)
*September 9-12 -- Kyiv and Slavutych, Ukraine.
A member of
the U.S. team and the European Commission Shelter Project Coordinator will
meet with staff from Chornobyl NPP and the Ukrainian ministries to review
the specification packages for the early biddable projects. (Ray Hunter,
DOE, 202-586-2240; Dennis Kreid, PNNL, 509-375-2170)
-- Argonne, Illinois, USA.
Two representatives of Slovakia?s
Nuclear Regulatory Authority will attend an International Atomic Energy
Agency meeting at Argonne National Laboratory. (Gary Smith, PNNL,
509-375-4482) (Workshop No. 97-079; Travel Coordinator Jennifer
Carpenter, PNNL, 509-372-4139)
September 10-12 -- Kyiv,
Representatives of Ukraine?s State Scientific and
Technical Center, the Bulgarian Regulatory Authority, and Rivne,
Zaporizhzhya, and Kozloduy NPPs will discuss and finalize the first
section of a draft regulation for emergency operating instructions for
VVER reactors in Ukraine. U.S. team members will provide technical
support during the meetings. (Ed Branagan, Jr., DOE, 301-903-6509)
September 12-18 -- Stockholm, Sweden.
committee for the Leningrad Unit 2 probabilistic and deterministic safety
assessment will hold its biannual meeting. The agenda includes review and
discussion of all aspects of the project, including milestones, management
issues and financial status. Meeting participants will include senior
management from all involved organizations including the Swedish
International Projects office, ENTEK, AEA-Technologies, Gosatomnadzor,
and Leningrad NPP. U.S. technical specialists also will attend. (Walt
Pasedag, DOE, 301-903-3628)
September 12-18 -- Kyiv and Energodar,
A U.S. technical specialist and representatives of Stone
& Webster Engineering Company will meet with representatives of Energoatom
and Zaporizhzhya NPP for discussions about the Zaporizhzhya configuration
management project. (Dennis Meyers, DOE, 301-903-1418)
13-19 -- Darmstadt, Germany.
The specifications team for the
early biddable projects will meet to complete the specifications packages.
The team?s goal is to deliver an electronic copy of the packages to the
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development by September 20. (Dennis
Kreid, PNNL, 509-375-2170)
September 15-19 -- Sofia and Kozloduy
U.S. representatives will meet with
representatives from the Ministry of Energy, the regulatory organization,
technical support organizations, and Kozloduy NPP to review current
projects and to plan activities for 1998. (Dennis Meyers, DOE,
September 15-26 -- South Ukraine NPP, Ukraine.
U.S. training experts will conduct the first working visit to
assist in the preparation of training materials for the Instrumentation
and Control training course at South Ukraine NPP. (Sonja Haber, BNL,
September 15-26 -- Argonne, Illinois; Richland,
Gosatomnadzor representatives will participate
in a workshop on decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of nuclear
facilities. Staff from Argonne National Laboratory and representatives of
the Hanford contractors at Richland will conduct the workshop. The
development of regulatory requirements for safe conduct of D&D activities
will be emphasized. (Ed Branagan, Jr., DOE, 301-903-6509; George Vargo,
PNNL, 509-375-6836) (Workshop No. 97-088; PNNL Travel Coordinator
September 22-October 3 -- Smolensk NPP, Russia.
U.S. training experts will assist in preparing training materials and then
observe the implementation of the Mechanical Maintenance training course
at Smolensk NPP. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
22-October 3 -- Smolensk Training Center, Russia.
experts will assist in preparing training materials and then observe the
implementation of the Shift Supervisor training course at the Smolensk
training center. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
-- Smolensk Training Center, Russia.
U.S. experts will
participate in a training technology transfer project coordination meeting
at the Smolensk training center. Attendees will include representatives
from VNIIAES, Rosenergoatom, Balakovo NPP, the Novovoronezh training
center, and Minatom. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
changed to September 29-October 10 -- Novovoronezh NPP, Russia.
A U.S. training specialist will conduct a working visit to assist
in preparation of training materials for the Shift Supervisor training
course. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
September 27-October 3
-- Helsinki, Finland.
The Committee on the Safety of Nuclear
Installations (CSNI) will hold its second meeting for simulator and plant
analyzer specialists. Participants, limited to specialists nominated by
delegates to the CSNI, will exchange information and experiences and
discuss the future of simulators and plant analyzers. (John Yoder, DOE,
*October 2-10 -- Moscow and Novovoronezh NPP, Russia.
A U.S. specialist and representatives of Parsons Power Group,
Inc., will meet with representatives of Rosenergoatom, Gosatomnadzor, and
Novovoronezh NPP to discuss the Novovoronezh configuration management
project. (Dennis Meyers, DOE, 301-903-1418)
October 2-29 -- Idaho
Falls, Idaho, USA.
An introductory training course in applying
the RELAP5 computer code to safety assessments of Soviet-designed NPPs
will be conducted. This session?s students will be specialists from
Kalinin NPP and the Research Institute of Nuclear Reactors (NIIAR) in
Dimitrovgrad. (Don Fletcher, INEEL, 208-526-7652; Ross Jensen, ANL,
October 13-17 -- Vilnius and Ignalina NPP, Lithuania.
U.S. representatives will meet with representatives from the
Ministry of Economy, the regulatory organization, technical support
organizations, and Ignalina NPP to review current projects and to plan
activities for 1998. (Dennis Meyers, DOE, 301-903-1418)
* TBD --
Bilibino NPP, Russia.
U.S. training experts will conduct the
second working visit to assist in preparing training materials for the
plant?s Shift Supervisor training course. (Sonja Haber, BNL,