Host-country plan finalized for developing, implementing emergency operating instructions at Russian plants
In late October, nuclear specialists defined next steps in the work to implement symptom-based emergency operating instructions (EOIs) at three nuclear power plants in Russia. The three--Balakovo, Kola, and Novovoronezh nuclear power plants (NPPs)--had been selected previously as the pilot sites for EOI development for the VVER-1000, VVER-440/213, and VVER-440/230 reactor models, respectively.
Discussions focused on a plan produced by Rosenergoatom specialists for 1) EOI development and implementation, 2) future activity formulation and prioritization, and 3) EOI analytical validation. Organizations participating in the discussions included Rosenergoatom, the Russian Research Institute for Nuclear Power Plant Operation (VNIIAES), Gidropress, Atomenergoproekt, and the Kurchatov Institute. Representatives of Balakovo, Kola, and Novovoronezh NPPs also took part, as did two U.S. specialists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
During the discussions, Rosenergoatom staff presented the organization's current development plan, priorities, and needs related to EOIs. Spokespersons for the three nuclear power plants reviewed the status of EOI development at each plant. The U.S. team members gave a presentation in which they compared Bulgaria's experience in EOI development and implementation with the Rosenergoatom plan.
The U.S. team agreed to draft a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to be signed by all meeting participants defining the EOI development plan and roles and responsibilities of all participating parties. The MOU was to include the following terms, tentatively agreed to by all parties:
In addition, the U.S. team agreed to initiate a draft statement of work for Rosenergoatom to develop an EOI analytical guideline for the Russian plants. In turn, Rosenergoatom agreed to initiate a draft proposal for development of an EOI analytical guideline by the end of November. Rosenergoatom agreed further to review the analytical scenarios developed during the June 2000 workshop and use them to initiate a draft proposal for analytical validation of the EOIs for the three Russian pilot plants. The U.S. team is considering the possibility of providing a workshop for Gosatomnadzor staff to explain the U.S. methodology for EOI technical validation. (Dennis Meyers, DOE, 301-903-1418; Kent Faris, PNNL, 509-372-4068)
Training in auditing supports Kalinin safety upgrades
During the first two weeks of November, four Russian specialists received training in the principles and practices of quality assurance auditing. The Russian specialists are participants in the U.S. Department of Energy's effort to transfer control system testing technology to host-country organizations. The course, provided by U.S. contractor Colandrea & Associates in San Diego, California, was designed to demonstrate modern quality assurance auditing practices. The Russian specialists will use their training in determining the quality of nuclear power plant control system equipment being supplied to Kalinin NPP as part of the plant's work to enhance overall safety. (Grigory Trosman, DOE, 301-903-3581; Ron Wright, PNNL, 509-372-4076)
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