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June 28, 1996
Emergency Management Exercise. Gosatomnadzor (GAN) staff participated in a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) emergency preparedness exercise at the Hanford Site in Richland, Washington, on June 18-21. Staff from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Westinghouse Hanford Company provided an overview of the emergency management system used by DOE, the development of emergency exercise scenarios, and evaluation and control of the emergency. During the exercise, GAN participants observed activities at the event, command post, area emergency control center, exercise control cell, emergency operations center, and the joint information center. They also attended the exercise critique. The GAN representatives expressed interest in future interactions with the United States on emergency management issues. (George Vargo, PNNL, 509-375-6836)
Training Technology Transfer Meeting. A meeting on transferring training technology was held in Moscow, Russia, to finalize plans for the project. A schedule was established for initial site visits and for workshops on the systematic approach to training (SAT), which will be conducted in Russia and the United States. GAN representatives were at the meeting and will participate in the project with special interest in the development of normative documents on training. Other participants at the meetings included representatives from the International Nuclear Safety Program (INSP), Russian nuclear power plants (NPPs), and all organizations involved with plant personnel training (Atomtechenergo, Minatom, Rosenergoatom, and VNIIAES). PNNL will place a task order through the GET basic ordering agreement for VNIIAES/GET to coordinate the training technology transfer program.
The tentative site visits for training technology transfer are listed in Planned Activities. On each visit, the U.S. personnel will be accompanied by approximately five Russians. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
Fire Doors for Smolensk NPP. Staff from Bechtel Power Corporation are negotiating a contract with a host country manufacturer, Atomremmash, for the purchase of 400 fire doors for the Smolensk NPP. They traveled to Kursk, Russia, on June 24 to meet with management of the Atomremmash facility. The fire doors are part of the fire protection upgrade project at Smolensk NPP. (Rich Denning, PNNL, 614-424-7412)
Chornobyl Shelter Project. INSP representatives attended a workshop,"Chornobyl Unit 4, Short and Long-Term Measures," conducted by the European Commission at Darmstadt, Germany, June 24-25, 1996. Attendees included representatives of the European Commission, participating European Union countries, the United States, and Japan. Unfortunately, the expected Ukrainian representative was unable to participate.
This workshop is part of a European Commission study to develop recommendations for improving the safety of the Chornobyl shelter, a concrete and steel structure that encloses the destroyed Unit 4 reactor at the Chornobyl plant. The study includes both short-term measures to address the current safety problems of the shelter and long-term measures to convert the shelter and damaged reactor into an ecologically safe system. The results of this study will be proposals to the G-7 countries for Chornobyl remedial actions.
The European Commission study is being performed in close cooperation with the Ukrainians. The study was begun in April 1996 and is scheduled for completion by November 1996. The United States has participated so far as an observer at the meetings with no funding available to provide engineering support. The European Commission has indicated that a greater U.S. role is welcome, and DOE has requested funds to participate more fully.
The next meeting is scheduled July 2-4 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The principal stakeholders will discuss safety objectives and other matters key to timely progress. The next general meeting of the review panel is planned at Brussels, Belgium, July 24-25. At this meeting, it is anticipated working groups for the screening of assessments will be established, which hopefully will include full U.S. participation. (Dennis Kried, PNNL, 509-375-2170)
RELAP5 Training for Ukrainian Analysts . Safety evaluations of nuclear plants require detailed computer modeling of thermal-hydraulic phenomena. Ukraine and the United States are collaborating to train plant staff in using the RELAP5 thermal-hydraulics code, which is used for safety analysis in the United States. A group of nine reactor safety analysts from Ukraine is currently participating in a RELAP5 computer code workshop at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Illinois. The objective is to provide the Ukrainian analysts with "hands-on" experience in performing thermal hydraulic analysis of reactor systems using the RELAP5 code. Specifically, the preparation of validated input decks (input files) is emphasized. After a series of lectures on RELAP5 input preparation, a RELAP5 model (nodalization) for a VVER 1000 reactor system is now being developed by the Ukrainian analysts based on data provided by them. The remainder of the workshop will focus on the preparation and checkout of a RELAP5 model/input deck (file), based as much as possible on plant specific data for a VVER 1000 unit in Ukraine. The 6-week training is scheduled June 17-July 26, 1996. Participants include staff from the Energoprojekt Institutes (Kyiv and Kharkiv), the Nuclear Research Institute Kyiv, and the South Ukraine NPP. (Christian Kot, ANL, 708-252-6151)
Rosenergoatom Contract Signed. Task Order Number 2 for the Kalinin Crisis Center has been issued by PNNL, signed by Rosenergoatom and work has started on the task. Task 2 consists of a plan for protecting personnel in case of an emergency at the Kalinin NPP. Task Order Number 3 for project management support was issued by PNNL and signed this week by Rosenergoatom. (Douglas A. Dahl, PNNL, 509-375-6855)
"*" indicates the event is a new item or has been changed from the last report.
July 1-6 -- Moscow,
*July 1-12 -- Balakovo NPP, Russia.
July 7-13 --
Khmelnytskyy NPP, Ukraine.
*July 8-12 -- Beloyarsk
July 8-19 -- Kozloduy NPP, Bulgaria.
July 8-22 -- Chornobyl NPP,
July 9-16 -- Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.
July 13-18 -- Visaginas, Lithuania.
July 15-17 -- Paris, France.
July 15-19 -- Balakovo NPP, Russia.
July 15-26 -- Chornobyl NPP, Ukraine.
July 19-August 3 -- Medzamor, Armenia.
*July 21-27 -- TRNAVA Training Center,
21- August 2 -- Chornobyl NPP, Ukraine.
July 22-26 -- Brussels, Belgium, and Rivne NPP,
*July 22-26 -- Kursk NPP, Russia.
*July 27-August 3 -- Moscow, Russia.
*July 29-30 -- Leningrad NPP, Russia.
*July 29-August 3 -- Kola NPP,
July TBD -- Kursk
*August 1-2 --
26-30 -- Kola NPP, Russia.
August 26-30 -- Ignalina NPP, Lithuania.
*September 2-6 -- Bilibino NPP,
September 9-13 --
Kozloduy NPP, Bulgaria.
*September 16-20 -- Kalinin NPP, Russia.
*October 14-18 -- Smolensk NPP, Russia.
*October 21-25 -- Novovoronezh NPP, Russia.
November 4-8 -- Kozloduy NPP,
November 4-8 -- Zaporizhzhya NPP, Ukraine.
November 18-22 -- Smolensk NPP, Russia.
December 9-13 -- Bohunice 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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