November 22, 1996
Prepared by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland,
Balakovo Trainers Prepare To Implement Water Chemistry Training
Program. A team from Sonalysts, Inc. worked with staff from
Balakovo nuclear power plant (NPP) to finalize the pilot training course
for water chemistry. Activities included training in classroom and
on-the-job instructional techniques and skills. The pilot training
course will be implemented next week. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
Russian Representatives Attend Training Course.
Representatives from the Russian RBMK NPPs and the Smolensk Training
Center arrived in the United States for training in the Systematic
Approach to Training and instructor skills at the General Physics
facility in Aiken, South Carolina. The course is presented by a team
from General Physics Corporation and Sonalysts, Inc.; the course, which
runs through December 6, will include a visit to a training center at a
U.S. NPP. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
Khmelnytskyy Trainers Implement Refueling Operator Training Course.
the Refueling Operator pilot training course was implemented by the
staff of Khmelnytskyy training department with assistance from General
Physics Corporation experts. The course includes both classroom and
on-the-job training and represents a significant advance in training for
the critical refueling operator. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
Development of Training Programs Continues at Chornobyl.
general Physics Corporation and Sonalysts, Inc. worked with the Chornobyl
NPP training development group at Chornobyl NPP on development of the
Control Room Reactor Operator and Radiation Protection Technician training
programs. The working sessions are focusing on completing job and task
analysis and beginning program design. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
Simulator Upgrade Moves Forward. Program technical staff continued
upgrading the V1 simulator at the Nuclear Power Research Institute (VUJE)
in Trnava, Slovakia. Additional displays for training stations were
developed and implemented on the new configuration. U.S. team members
discussed the validation calculations with the VUJE specialists, and
three transients met the acceptance criteria with few discrepancies. The
fourth transient was discussed in detail, and modeling changes are being
implemented. The team also began verification of the data displayed on
the training terminals. The simulator now has displays functioning on
each training station and can be controlled from the instructor's station.
(Bill Shier, BNL, 516-344-2385)
RELAP5 Training Sessions Held.
thermal-hydraulic representatives from Russia, Czech Republic, and Slovak
Republic are participating in a hands-on RELAP5 training course at Idaho
National Engineering Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The first two
weeks of training have addressed regulatory and safety analysis aspects
of RELAP5 capabilities, RELAP5 theory, quality assurance issues, analysis
methodology, and modeling techniques. Subsequent sessions will focus
specifically on VVER modeling and applications using RELAP5. (Ross
Jensen, ANL, 208-533-7911).
indicates the event is a new item or has been changed from the last
*November 23-December 7 -- Kyiv
and Slavutych, Ukraine.
A U.S. team member will meet
with the Director of the Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety, Radioactive
Waste, and Radioecology and also was invited by the Deputy Director
General of the Shelter Project at Chornobyl NPP to provide technical
assistance to participants in the Second International Scientific and
Technical Conference at Slavutych. (Dan Giessing, DOE, 301-903-2852)
November 25-29 -- Kozloduy NPP, Bulgaria.
Inc. staff will present a follow-up workshop for Kozloduy plant staff to
continue efforts to draft a plant-specific EOI Writer's Guide and
User's Guide. (Kent Faris, PNNL, 509-372-4068)
*December 1-14 --
Kyiv and Slavutych, Ukraine.
U.S. contractor Ciel
Consultants, Inc. will assist Chornobyl NPP management and quality
assurance staff in training on U.S. and international quality
assurance standards and their application to Chornobyl. A U.S.
expert will meet with plant management to review the status of Chornobyl's
quality assurance program. Information collected will provide the
basis for a two-week training course on performing quality assurance
audits. (Dennis Meyers, DOE, 202-586-7834)
*December 1-20 --
Kyiv and Slavutych, Ukraine.
U.S. program staff will work
with Chornobyl NPP staff to evaluate and edit five plant-specific
management and operational control procedures. The team also will
draft procedures for tagout and conduct of maintenance. (Dennis
Meyers, DOE, 202-586-7834)
*December 2-4 -- Visaginas,
A technical team will meet with Ignalina NPP
staff to assess the condition of the plant as the basis for
developing specifications for the direct-current power supply system.
(Norm Fletcher, DOE, 301-903-3275)
December 2-6 -- Indian Point
NPP, New York, USA.
VVER-440/230 working group members from
Kozloduy, Novovoronezh, and Bohunice NPPs will attend an EOI
workshop. (Kent Faris, PNNL, 509-372-4068) (Workshop No. 96-101; Travel
Coordinator Melinda Stone, PNNL, 509-375-4391)
2-6 -- Richland, Washington, USA.
U.S. program staff, in
cooperation with the IAEA, will sponsor a week-long seminar for selected
host country regulatory agency representatives. Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory experts will train participants to use the
COBRA-SFS code to predict in-cask storage temperatures of nuclear fuel.
U.S. experience with programs supporting dry storage of spent fuel
also will be covered during the seminar. (Mike McKinnon, PNNL,
509-372-4198) (Workshop No. 96-135; Travel Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL,
December 2-6 -- St. Petersburg, Russia.
A team representing the United States, Rosenergoatom,
VNIIAES, the Novovoronezh Training Center, and Balakovo NPP will
conduct a needs assessment for training technology transfer at Leningrad
NPP. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
December 2-12 --
Programmatic review meetings are planned for
a number of ongoing simulator projects. Staff from Kola, Kalinin,
Novovoronezh, and Chornobyl NPPs will meet with S3 Technologies, VNIIAES,
and U.S. program team members to discuss the progress of the
simulator projects at each respective plant. (Peter Kohut, BNL,
516-344-4982) (Workshop No. 96-125; Travel Coordinator Melinda Stone,
*December 2-19 -- Moscow, Russia, and Kyiv,
U.S. program staff will discuss logistical issues
regarding establishment of an adjunct office in Kyiv; discussions
also will be held with NPP and regulatory authorities. (Dan Giessing,
December 4 -- Kyiv, Ukraine.
The first meeting of the steering committee for VVER plant safety analysis
in Ukraine will be held at Derzhkomatom. Priorities, schedules, and
the overall approach for implementing plan-specific projects will be
established. Representatives from Derzhkomatom and the Ukrainian NPPs and
program staff will attend. (Christian Kot, ANL, 630-252-6151)
December 6-7-- Kyiv, Ukraine.
Program staff from ANL
and Scientech will meet with staff from South Ukraine NPP and
subcontractor Energorisk, Inc. to plan for the in-depth safety
analysis of Unit 1. Details of PRA technical tasks and schedules
will be worked out. (Christian Kot, ANL, 630-252-6151)
6-12 -- Taipei, Taiwan.
An expert from Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory will present a seminar on the U.S. program efforts to
upgrade the safety of Soviet-designed nuclear power plants and U.S.
assistance in commercial nuclear power to countries that prohibit
development of nuclear weapons. (Dennis Meyers, DOE, 202-586-7834)
*December 7-17 -- Moscow, Russia.
U.S. team members
will meet with representatives of the Kurchatov Institute and
Gosatomnadzor to determine details of program support to RELAP5
validation efforts for its applications to VVER and RBMK safety
analyses in Russia. (Walt Pasedag, DOE, 301-903-3628)
8-13 -- Slavutych, Ukraine.
Technical staff from the U.S.
program and contractor Parsons Power Group, Inc., will present a
conceptual design of dust suppression equipment to Chornobyl NPP
staff. Discussions will cover specifications for radio
communications, fall-protection equipment, filters, vacuums, and other
tools to meet regulatory restraints and customer needs. (Frank
Goldner, DOE, 301-902-2025)
December 9-10 -- Dimitrovgrad,
Program staff will meet with representatives of the
Scientific Research Institute of Atomic Reactors to discuss training
programs on the systematic approach to improve the performance of
personnel and the safety of the research reactors. (Sonja Haber,
December 9-13 -- Argonne National
A planning and scheduling meeting for the
Novovoronezh Units 3 and 4 plant safety assessment will be held at
Argonne. The detailed workscope and an estimated schedule and effort will
be developed during the meeting. Participants from Rosenergoatom,
Novovoronezh NPP, Science Applications International Corporation
(SAIC), and ANL are expected to attend. (Jordi Roglans, ANL,
630-252-3283) (Workshop No. 96-139, Travel Coordinator Gail Flora,
December 9-20 -- Balakovo NPP,
Sonalysts, Inc. staff will work with Balakovo NPP
training staff in the continued development of the Instrumentation
and Control Technician and Radiation Protection Technician training
programs. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
-- Moscow, Russia.
U.S. program staff will meet with the
training technology transfer participants to discuss program progress.
(Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575) (Workshop No. 96-091; Travel
Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL, 509-375-6554)
December 16-20 --
Augusta, Georgia, USA.
Plans are being made to bring
nondestructive examination specialists from Russia and Ukraine to the
United States to observe U.S. nondestructive examination practices.
Tentative plans include visits to the Savannah River Site and Vogtle
NPP to observe how the inspection program is developed and revised.
(Robert Moffitt, PNNL, 509-372-4108) (Workshop No. 96-108; Travel
Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL, 509-375-6554)
*December 16-20, 1996
The KOLISA project team will review progress
on the completion of KOLISA Project Guidelines as well as the status
of the RELAP5 input deck for Kola Unit 4. Expected attendees include
representatives from Argonne National Laboratory, SAIC, and the
KOLISA project team. (Jeff Binder, ANL, 630-252-7265)
16-20 --Parr, South Carolina, USA.
VVER-440/213 working group will meet for emergency operating instruction
training conducted by U.S. experts at V.C. Summer NPP. (Larry
Sherfey, PNNL, 509-372-4080) (Workshop No. 96-105; Travel
Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL, 509-375-6654)
*December 16-21 --
A U.S. program technical expert will attend
the Ignalina Safety Panel review meeting for the Ignalina Safety
Analysis Report (SAR) and the reports of the SAR task teams. The expert
will help the safety panel draft the final report summary and
determine how it might be applied beneficially by the Lithuanian
regulator. (Walt Paseday, DOE-301-903-3628)
--Upton, New York, USA.
from Kozloduy Unit 6 will hold a calculational review meeting at BNL
to evaluate a set of transients as requested by a visiting Bulgarian
specialist. The draft results and future calculation support needs
for Kozloduy NPP will be discussed. (Greg Slovik, BNL, 516-344-7983)
(Workshop No. 96-137; Travel Coordinator Melinda Stone, PNNL,
*TBD -- Zaporizhzhya NPP, Ukraine.
VVER-1000 EOI working group meeting will be held at Zaporizhzhya NPP.
Representatives from all VVER-1000 NPPs are scheduled to attend.
(Kent Faris, PNNL, 509-372-4068) (Workshop No. 96-103; Travel
Coordinator Melinda Stone, PNNL, 509-375-4391)
January 13-17 --
A course on the systematic approach to
training will be given in Moscow for participants of the training
technology transfer program. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
January 13-24 -- Balakovo NPP, Russia.
Sonalysts, Inc. will
assist Balakovo NPP with the implementation of the I&C Operations and
Radiation Protection Technician training courses. (Sonja Haber,
January 13-24 -- Kursk NPP, Russia.
Sonalysts, Inc. staff will work with Kursk NPP training staff to
development of a training program on Mechanical Maintenance. This
effort is part of the training technology transfer program. (Sonja Haber,
January 13-24 -- Balakovo NPP,
Sonalysts, Inc. and Balakovo NPP training staff will
implement the pilot training course for Instrumentation and Control
Technicians. Sonalysts staff will also have a working session with
Balakovo NPP training staff to continue development of the Safety
Inspector training course. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
January 25-February 8 -- Chornobyl NPP, Ukraine.
Sonalysts, Inc. and General Physics Corporation will work with the
Chornobyl NPP training development group on the Control Room Reactor
Operator and Radiation Protection Technician training courses. (Sonja
Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
January 26-February 7 --
Khmelnytskyy NPP, Ukraine.
General Physics Corporation will
assist Khmelnytskyy NPP with the implementation of the pilot Chemical
Operator training course. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
January 26 -February 21 -- Aiken, South Carolina, USA.
part of the training technology transfer program, representatives from
Russian VVER NPPs and Bilibino NPP will attend a course on the
systematic approach to training and instructor skills at the General
Physics Corporation facility in Aiken. General Physics and
Sonalysts staff will present the course. A visit to a U.S. NPP
training center is included. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
February 3-14 -- Trnava, Slovakia.
Sonalysts, Inc. and
General Physics Corporation will present a workshop on the systematic
approach to training at the Trnava Training Center. (Sonja Haber,
February 24-March 7 -- Aiken, South Carolina,
Representatives from the Trnava Training Center will
attend a workshop on instructor skills at General Physics
Corporation facilities in Aiken. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
March 17-21 -- Trnava, Slovakia.
Sonalysts, Inc. will
implement the Simulator Instructor training course at the Trnava Training
Center. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
March 17-28 --
Chornobyl NPP, Ukraine.
Sonalysts, Inc. and General Physics
Corporation will work with the Chornobyl NPP training development
group on the Control Room Reactor Operator and Radiation Protection
Technician training courses. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
March 17-18 -- Khmelnytskyy NPP, Ukraine.
Physics Corporation will work with staff of Khmelnytskyy NPP on the
Control Room Reactor Operator training course. (Sonja Haber, BNL,
|ANL ||Argonne National
|BNL ||Brookhaven National Laboratory|
|CEEC ||Central and Eastern European
|Derzhkomatom ||Ukrainian State Committee on Nuclear Energy
|DOE ||U.S. Department of Energy|
||European Bank for Reconstruction and
|EOI ||emergency operating instruction (EOIs aid in the operation,
management, and control of plant emergencies; they define the actions
that reactor operators must take to stabilize the reactor and mitigate
the consequences of an accident or abnormal event.)|
|GAN ||Gosatomnadzor (Russian
organization responsible for regulating the safety of nuclear
reactors and fuel cycle enterprises)|
||General Energy Technologies (a joint venture of
VNIIAES and S3 Technologies)|
||Experimental Design Institute (responsible for VVER
reactor design, steam generator design and manufacturing, and
thermal-hydraulic code development and testing)|
|Goscomatom ||Ukrainian State Committee on
Nuclear Power Utilization|
|IAEA ||International Atomic Energy Agency|
|IBRAE ||Russian Academy of Sciences
Nuclear Safety Institute (independent organization specializing in the
development of nuclear safety computer analysis methods)|
|INPO ||Institute of Nuclear Power
|INSP ||U.S. International Nuclear Safety Program|
|IPPE ||Kola in-depth safety
|KOLISA ||Institute of Physics and Power Engineering (Obninsk,
|Kurchatov Institute ||Russian scientific center that designs power reactors, research
reactors, fuel, fuel cycle facilities, space nuclear reactors; conducts
economic and policy studies, metallurgical research, fusion
|LEI ||Lithuanian Energy Institute|
|Minatom ||Ministry of Atomic Energy of
the Russian Federation (responsible for developing nuclear reactors and
for fuel cycle enterprises)|
||consortium of 7-8 companies that include Gidropress,
Kurchatov Institute, and VNIIAES|
|NIIAR ||Research Institute of Atomic
|NOVISA ||Novovoronezh in-depth safety analysis|
|NPA ||nuclear plant analyzer|
|NPP ||nuclear power plant
Northwest National Laboratory|
||probabilistic risk assessment|
|RDIPE ||Research and Development Institute
of Power Engineering (the research branch of NIKIET; main designer of
Russian RBMK reactors )|
|RBMK ||Reaktor Bolshio Moschnosti Kipyashchiy (Soviet-designed,
graphite-moderated, boiling water-cooled, channel reactor)|
|REA ||Rosenergoatom (a business
concern of Minatom responsible for all nuclear power plant operations
except the Leningrad nuclear power plant)|
|TBD ||to be determined|
|USAID ||U.S. Agency for
||Russian Institute for Nuclear Power Plant Operations
(assists in nuclear power plant startup, operations, and training;
manufactures full-scope and analytical simulators)|
|VNIPIET ||All-Russian Planning and Design,
Research and Technological Association|
|VVER ||Vodo-Vodyanoy Energeticheskyi Reactor
( Soviet-designed pressurized water reactor)|
|WANO ||World Association of Nuclear
Note: in the interest of providing a
timely update on the Soviet-Designed-Reactor Safety Program, no formal
document review of this weekly report has been conducted by DOE or PNNL.