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for the period December 7 through 20, 1996
Responses to the program's August 1996 reader survey suggested that this report be issued less frequently. Consequently, this report will be compiled and distributed every other week instead of once a week. The previous issue was December 6, 1996. Distribution of the next issue is scheduled for January 3, 1997.
Russian Representatives Complete Comprehensive Training Course. Representatives from the Smolensk Training Center and the Russian nuclear power plants (NPPs) with RBMK reactors completed a one-month training course in the United States. The course, which began on November 11 in Aiken, South Carolina, focused on the Systematic Approach to Training and instructor skills. A team from General Physics Corporation and Sonalysts, Inc. presented the training at the General Physics facility in Aiken. Work during the final week focused on instructor skills development and on-the-job training. Course participants also visited the Catawba nuclear station to see an example of a well-managed and -equipped U.S. nuclear facility training center. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
Training Needs Assessment Conducted at Leningrad NPP. A team representing the U.S. program, Rosenergoatom, VNIIAES, Minatom, the Novovoronezh Training Center, and Balakovo NPP conducted a needs assessment visit to the Leningrad NPP during the week of December 2. Current training practices, resources, and facilities at the site were reviewed. The results of the overall training needs assessment will be documented in a report, now that all sites have been visited. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575).
NOVISA Team Members Agree on Project Plans, Schedules. Team members for the Novovoronezh in-depth safety analysis (NOVISA) project held planning meetings at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in Illinois December 9 through 13. Representatives from Rosenergoatom, Novovoronezh NPP, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and the U.S. program drew up plans and schedules for the safety analyses to be conducted on Novovoronezh Units 3 and 4. The participating team members reached overall agreements on the work scope, baseline schedules, preliminary effort estimates, deliverables, and project organization. Financial arrangements for the project also were discussed. (Jordi Roglans, ANL, 630-252-3283).
VVER Reactor Safety Analyses Approaching Startup. On December 4 through 7, the U.S. team involved in safety analysis projects for Ukrainian NPPs with VVER reactors met in Kyiv with representatives of those plants (Zaporizhzhya, South Ukraine, Khmelnytskyy, and Rivne) and the Ukrainian State Committee on Nuclear Power Utilization (Derzhkomatom). This was the first meeting of the steering committee, which provides overall guidance and oversight for the plant safety analysis projects in Ukraine. Members discussed the approach and scope for the lead projects.
The U.S. team also met in Kyiv with representatives of Zaporizhzhya NPP to begin the safety analysis project for Zaporizhzhya Unit 5, the lead plant for the VVER-1000/320 reactors in Ukraine. Again, project scope, approach, and overall schedule were discussed. The next plant action is to select its subcontractors to carry out the project work.
In addition, the U.S. team participated in a planning meeting for the safety analysis project at South Ukraine Unit 1. Plant representatives and subcontractors Energorisk, Ltd. and Energoprojekt-Kharkiv discussed schedule and approach for the probabilistic risk assessment and data collection tasks. The team also worked out details of the project's organization. Based on these discussions, U.S. program representatives will draft task orders to implement this work. (Christian Kot, ANL, 630-252-6151).
Chornobyl Shelter Project
New Project Subtasks Will Help Meet Shelter Equipment Needs. U.S. program staff visited Chornobyl NPP on December 10 through 12 for talks with Chornobyl Shelter management staff. Participants discussed work to be done as part of the dust suppression and industrial safety enhancements subtasks to the new Shelter equipment project. The U.S. team and Chornobyl Shelter staff agreed on the near-term priorities, deliverables, and applicable protocols for these two efforts. Concurrence has now been reached on all four equipment subtasks; those for which protocols were signed earlier are dose reduction and nuclear safety monitoring. The U.S. team is preparing draft purchase specifications for high-priority equipment items while concurrently developing estimates of equipment costs and delivery schedules for all four subtasks. These will be available for review in mid-January. (Dennis Kreid, PNNL, 509-375-2170)
VVER Reactor Working Group Participates in Operator Exchange. For four days in early December, members of the VVER-440/230 emergency operating instruction (EOI) working group visited Indian Point 2 NPP in New York. The visit, sponsored by the U.S. program, was part of a World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) operator exchange. Fourteen individuals representing Kozloduy NPP (7), Bohunice NPP (3), Armenia nuclear power station (1), Novovoronezh NPP (1), VNIIAES (1), and WANO-Moscow Centre (1) took part in a series of classroom presentations and simulator demonstrations given by Indian Point personnel. Topics covered were related to symptom-based EOIs. Other areas pertaining to operational safety also were discussed. The visit included a plant tour that demonstrated U.S. utility "good practices."
For most participants, the visit was their first to the United States and, consequently, to an American NPP. The exchange provided them their initial opportunity to observe firsthand the application of many of the operational safety practices transferred to them through the U.S. program. According to the visiting operators, the most impressive demonstration was that of a trained Indian Point operating crew using EOIs under simulated accident conditions.
The simulator also offered attendees the opportunity to become operators themselves. After a series of educational scenarios and assisted by Indian Point operators, the representatives from Kozloduy and Bohunice NPPs participated in several multiple-event scenarios as operators, actually using the EOIs. The attendees were very impressed with the ease with which they could use the instructions and mitigate potentially serious accident conditions with minimal stress to the operating crews. (Kent Faris, PNNL, 509-372-4068)
Host Country Nuclear Executives Briefed on Fire Safety Guidelines. From December 9 through 19, executives from nuclear power plants in Ukraine, Russia, and Armenia participated in a fire-safety workshop, "Safe Shutdown Analysis in Fires," in Washington, D.C. Contractors Burns & Roe, Bechtel National, and the University of Maryland gave presentations on the history of fire hazards analysis in the United States. U.S. program representatives described the Reactor Core Protection Evaluation Methodology, developed by the program, for performing safe shutdown studies in Soviet-designed nuclear power plants. As part of the workshop, the participants also visited the Fitzpatrick and Indian Point 3 NPPs in New York State , where staff of the New York Power Authority and a fire safety consulting firm, Engineering Planning and Management, Inc., described the scope of safe shutdown studies performed for these plants. Special sessions also were held with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and U.S. nuclear utility executives. (Rich Denning, PNNL, 614-424-7412)
U.S. Team Members Describe Program for Taiwanese Nuclear Agency Representatives. Program representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory gave a presentation in Taipei on the program's efforts to upgrade the safety of Soviet-designed reactors. (Dennis Meyers, DOE, 301-903-1418)
"*" indicates the event is a new item or has been changed from the last report.
*January 6-17 --Kyiv, Ukraine.
*January 7 -- Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York,
*January 8-16 -- Munich, Germany.
*January 11-18 -- Moscow,
January 13-17 -- Moscow, Russia.
January 13-24 -- Balakovo NPP, Russia.
January 13-24 --Fitzpatrick NPP, Scriba, New
York; and Washington, D.C., USA.
24-February 2 -- Smolensk NPP, Russia.
*January 25-February 1 -- Moscow, Russia.
8 -- Chornobyl NPP, Ukraine.
*January 26-January 29 -- Paris, France.
*January 26-February 1 -- Moscow and Novovoronezh
*January 26-February 7--Trnava , Slovakia.
January 26-February 7 --
Khmelnytskyy NPP, Ukraine.
January 26 -February 21
-- Aiken, South Carolina, USA.
29-February 1 -- Moscow, Russia.
January 29-February 7 -- Fitzpatrick NPP,
Scriba, New York; and Washington, D.C., USA.
TBD -- Zaporizhzhya NPP, Ukraine.
TBD -- Kursk NPP,
*February 1-8 -- Kyiv, Ukraine.
February 3-14 -- Trnava,
3-14 -- Balakovo NPP, Russia.
February 17-24 -- Waterford, Connecticut,
February 24-March 7 -- Aiken, South Carolina, USA.
March 17-21 --
March 17-28 -- Chornobyl NPP,
March 17-28 -- Waterford,
March 17-28 -- Khmelnytskyy NPP, Ukraine.
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