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May 17, 1996
MOHT Basic Ordering Agreement. Negotiations regarding the Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) with MOHT were finalized in Moscow this week and the BOA was signed. This agreement is significant to the International Nuclear Safety Program (INSP), as it will facilitate authorization of specific tasks as they are required. (Douglas Dahl, PNNL, 509-375-6855)
Smolensk NPP. In support of the Fire Protection Upgrade activities, a task order to purchase a fire and smoke alarm system for Smolensk NPP was awarded to Bechtel with a completion date of 9/30/96. (Andrea Fernandez, PNNL, 509-375-2649)
Kola NPP. A contract award was made to SAIC to provide technical management assistance to the Russian Kola In-depth Safety Analysis (KOLISA) project manager and specialized technical assistance to the project staff. The task will provide day-to-day management assistance of all the technical activities and tasks involved in the Kola plant-specific safety assessment at the site. (Andrea Fernandez, PNNL, 509-375-2649)
Leningrad NPP. Project integration and planning for the Leningrad NPP probabilistic risk assessment were addressed during workshops held at the ES-Konsult and RELCON offices in Stockholm, Sweden, April 29 through May 6. Participants in the workshops included representatives from the Swedish International Program (SIP), AEA Technologies, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Detailed planning will be required to prepare the DOE-identified commercial agreements supporting U.S. project commitments. (Sam McKay, PNNL, 509-372-4059)
Kola VVER-440/213 Full-Scope Simulator. General Energy Technologies (GET), the simulation model contractor, has requested detailed shipping invoices from S3 Technologies for the Kola and Kalinin computer complexes to avoid Customs problems. S3 Technologies is preparing these documents. Additionally, GET has requested a letter from PNNL to the Agency of Technical Cooperation with Russia (US Embassy, Moscow) and support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to have the Agency of Technical Cooperation with Russia send the necessary letter to the Humanitarian Help Commission in Moscow, Russia. It is hoped these measures will allow the equipment to flow smoothly through Customs. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982).
Novovoronezh VVER 440/179 Analytical Simulator. A successful proposal review meeting was held on May 1-2, 1996, at the facilities of S3 Technologies. Participants from DOE, PNNL, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), and the NPP have reviewed the technical content of the proposal and provided comments to S3 Technologies. The final proposal containing technical and commercial sections will be issued by S3 Technologies not later than May 17, 1996. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982).
PRA Training. As part of the program to enhance safety analysis capability in Ukraine, a contract has been awarded to Scientech, Inc. to provide training to Ukrainian reactor safety analysts on probabilistic risk assessment concepts and computational methods. Two training courses will be given during June in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Andrea Fernandez, PNNL, 509-375-2649)
Khmelnytskyy VVER 1000 Full-Scope Simulator. Personnel from DOE, BNL, and S3 Technologies visited the Khmelnytskyy NPP site on April 19, 1996, to evaluate the progress on the Training Center Building. Khmelnytskyy NPP has indicated that the construction schedule was affected by the severe winter, with work expected to be completed in June 1996. The progress on the control panel modifications was also inspected at the facilities of Energotraining. The work was impacted by delays due to obtaining customs clearance on a shipment from the U.S. and Russia. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982).
Ukrainian Simulator Support Center. PNNL and S3 Technologies have signed the contract for delivering equipment and services to the Engineering Training Center (ETC) in Kyiv. This will enable the ETC to start developing another simulator model based on the mode/license transfer under the Khmelnytskyy project. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982).
Rivne Full-Scope Simulator. A team with representation from DOE, BNL, PNNL, S3 Technologies and Goscomatom visited the Rivne NPP and a firm, KHEMZ, located in the city of Kharkov. Discussions at the NPP addressed the construction of the Training Center and the Full-Scope Plant Simulator. The plant is now reconsidering its choice of which reactor will be modeled: Unit 4 versus Unit 3. Unit 4 has not been completed. This is a major issue that must be resolved. An agreement was reached that the plant, together with Goscomatom, will provide more supporting information for making decisions.
The NPP has contracted KHEMZ to construct the simulator control room panels. An emergency task order was placed with S3 Technologies to allow our contractor to visit and assess KHEMZ. Based on the visit, the team is confident that KHEMZ has the capabilities to construct the panels. However, providing technical design support (S3 Technologies) to KHEMZ will likely be necessary because the firm has no experience with control panel mockups. The mockups must incorporate the I/O system for computer interfacing and thus are modifications of the actual panels. The existing task order will be modified to allow S3 Technologies to return and provide limited design support.
A project work plan was prepared and submitted for approval on April 23. The project work plan describes the required activities to fulfill the U.S. commitments. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982).
South Ukraine Unit-1 Full-Scope Simulator. The Memorandum of Understanding for this project was signed by all the parties: i.e., the U.S., Goscomatom, South Ukraine NPP, and the ETC of Ukraine. Based upon discussions with S3 Technologies, a revised Statement of Work was completed and provided to South Ukraine NPP staff for their evaluation. After issues associated with the simulation computer and control panel manufacturer are settled, the Request for Proposal will be issued. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982).
Chornobyl RBMK 1000 Analytical Simulator. A proposal review meeting was held at the facilities of S3 Technologies. The technical portion of the proposal was reviewed and various options were discussed. A priority list was prepared that will be used to decide the number of options exercised, depending on the proposal price and available funding sources. PNNL received the final proposal containing technical and financial sections from S3 Technologies on May 14, 1996. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982).
CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
Ignalina NPP Pipe Lathe. A pipe lathe for pipe cutting and weld preparation of 800-mm-diameter piping was shipped to Ignalina NPP on May 10, 1996, and was verified to be at the airport in Vilnius on May 14. This pipe lathe was sent in response to an urgent request from Ignalina NPP. Cracks have been discovered in the main coolant loop piping. The cracked portions of the piping need to be removed and replaced with new pipe to ensure the integrity of the system. The NPP does not have equipment that would allow this type of cut and preparation to be performed with the precision required for main coolant piping. The pipe lathe was one of the technologies approved for acquisition by the RBMK Maintenance Advisory Board when it met in February 1996 at Charlotte, North Carolina. (Tom Vehec, PNNL, 509-372-4072)
Ignalina NPP--Emergency Operating Instructions and Reliability and Maintenance Management System. Work was started on the first draft of the Ignalina NPP emergency operating instructions (EOIs) during workshops held at the ES-Konsult and RELCON offices in Stockholm, Sweden, April 29 through May 6. Participants in the workshop included representatives from RDIPE, Sweden, Ignalina NPP, and PNNL. The Ignalina NPP staff committed to completing all flowchart drafting by August, a completion date that represents a four-month improvement in scheduled activities. RDIPE committed to producing a basis document that supports implementation of the EOIs by December.
Also at the Sweden workshops, plans to coordinate the Reliability and Maintenance Management Systems (RMMS) project with related DOE and Finnish Configuration Management (CM) projects were initiated. Participants in the workshops included representatives from the Swedish International Program (SIP) office, Vattenfall, and PNNL. Significant issues raised during the meeting include the following: 1) the need for a single point-of-contact at the Ignalina NPP to represent all the Ignalina NPP CM needs; 2) the potential scope of the RMMS project; and 3) an integration plan for implementing the RMMS project. These issues have been communicated to the appropriate individuals for resolution. (Sam McKay, PNNL, 509-372-4059)
Bulgarian Nuclear Plant Analyzer. A meeting was held at Kozloduy NPP to discuss the Nuclear Plant Analyzer (NPA) program. The participants included Mr. Emil Kichev, VVER - 1000 EOI chief for Units 5 & 6, VVER - 440 EOI chief for Units 3 & 4, and Mr. Zahary Boyadjiev, Manager of Research and Development at the Kozloduy NPP. It was agreed that a member of the Kozloduy NPP staff will visit BNL to train on the NPA. The two EOI teams expressed a need to use the NPA to predict several transients required for the EOI development effort. It was agreed that conditions for several transients will be sent to BNL so the resident Bulgarian specialists can use them for practice calculations, with early results sent to Kozloduy NPP as they become available. Additionally, during this visit, coordination meetings with Mr. Y. Yanev of the "Committee on the Use of Atomic Energy for Peaceful Purposes" and Dr. Jordan Stamenov were held to discuss the status of the NPA program and future goals. (Greg Slovik, BNL, 516-344-7983).
Lithuanian Nuclear Plant Analyzer. Sample models are being prepared for the two Lithuanians that will soon arrive at BNL. The main effort has been focused on characterizing the fuel enrichment and the associated exposures. Plant-specific information will be supplied by the plant by the time the trainees arrive. (Greg Slovik, BNL, 516-344-7983).
Code Validation. The code validation needs and the strategy for applying the RELAP5 computer code to RBMK reactors were defined at a May 7, 1996, meeting at DOE in Washington, DC. Participants included representatives from the national laboratories involved in INSP activities (Argonne National Laboratory, BNL, PNNL) and in RELAP5 development (Idaho National Engineering Laboratory), representatives of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and their contractor (Scientech), and representatives from the University of Maryland. The objectives of the meeting were to coordinate all current activities related to RELAP5 code validation for RBMK reactors to ensure they complement each other, and to develop an overall strategy that identifies the missing areas in code validation for RBMK applications, including a concerted effort (including international parties) to provide validation requirements. (Walt Pasedag, DOE, 301-903-3628)
May 18-25 -- Kyiv, Ukraine and Moscow,
*May 18-23 -- Lithuania.
*May 19-23 --Paris, France.
May 20-31 -- Aiken, South
May 21-22 --
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
21-30 -- Czech Republic and Moscow, Russia.
*May 22-24 -- Moscow, Russia.
*May 24-27 --
Trnava, Slovakia Republic.
*May 24-June 1 -- Polyarnie Zori, Murmanskaya Oblast,
May 26-29 -- Smolensk NPP,
*May 27 -- Prague, Czech
*May 28 -- Nuclear Research Institute Rez, Czech Republic.
*May 29-30 -- Sofia, Bulgaria.
*June 1-5 --
June 3 -- Rivne NPP,
June 3-4 -- Moscow, Russia.
*June 10-14 -- Doel NPP, Belgium.
*June 10-12 -- Prague, Czech
*June 11-20 -- Novovoronezh and Moscow,
June 15-22 -- Brookhaven National Laboratory,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Savannah River Site.
*June 13-17 --
June 23-29 -- Moscow, Russia.
July TBD -- Kursk NPP,
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.
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