June 7, 1996
Prepared by Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory, Richland, Washington
Leningrad Decommissioning Study.
Representatives of the Kurchatov Institute met with INSP team members May
20 through 24, 1996, in Richland, Washington. The meeting was held to
finalize the overall work scope for the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant
(NPP) Unit 1 Decommissioning Strategy Project. Agreements were reached on
the terms of reference, the study task list, and the Russian statement of
work for the project. (Robert Lavelle, BNL, 516-344-7747)
Unit 2 Confinement Radiation Monitoring System. INSP staff were
onsite at the Kola NPP May 26 through 30, 1996, reviewing installation
status for the plant's high-level confinement radiation monitoring system.
To date, four radiation monitors are in place on the Unit 2
steam-generator level, near two steam generators and two primary coolant
loops. In-confinement power and signal cables have been pulled through
steel conduits and passed through the confinement penetrations into the
reactor building (ex-confinement). Pending arrival of additional coaxial
cable, wiring to readout devices and remote displays will be completed.
(George Greene , BNL, 516-344-2296)
Kola Unit 2 Confinement
Leaktightness Testing. Tests in the Kola Unit 2 confinement,
conducted May 28 through 30, 1996, show a significant improvement in
leaktightness over the last measurements taken in 1995. U.S. project
staff on hand for the leaktightness testing noted the marked reduction in
measured leak rate is attributable to upgrades undertaken by Kola plant
staff as part of the INSP--new isolation valves, replacement hutch locks,
new gaskets, and the application of sealant materials to local defect
sites. Kola NPP staff indicated they will continue to upgrade the Unit 2
confinement to further reduce leakage; they also hope to apply the same
upgrades to Unit 1, another VVER 440-230 reactor of similar vintage.
(George Greene, BNL, 516-344-2296)
Working Group Meeting. Members of the RBMK reactor working group met
May 20 through 24 at the Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety, Radioactive
Waste and Radioecology in Slavutych, Ukraine. Representatives from all
RBMK facilities, ENTEK, Obninsk, Rosenergoatom (REA), the REA training
center, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), U.S. utilities, and
INSP participated. Meeting topics included project status, emergency
operating instruction (EOI) development, and training. During the
meeting, U.S. participants provided training materials and information to
staff trainers in attendance. Another meeting outcome was plans for a
seminar for RBMK training representatives; the future event will likely be
held in the United States, at the Hatch, Georgia, facility. (Sam McKay,
South Ukraine Unit 1 Full-Scope Simulator.
The Request for Proposal for this simulator project's U.S.-funded tasks
was issued to S3 Technologies on June 3, 1996. A proposal from S3
Technologies is expected by the end of July. (Peter Kohut, BNL,
June 10-12 --
Prague, Czech Republic.
The next program review covering U.S.
assistance to the Czech Republic is scheduled for June 10-12, 1996,
in Prague. Based on information obtained at this review, the U.S. team
will make recommendations to DOE management for future funding. The
last review meeting was held in March 1995. (Nicholas Grossman,
June 10-14 -- Chornobyl NPP, Ukraine and
Leningrad NPP, Russia.
Representatives from Parsons Power,
Westinghouse Electric and INSP will meet with plant staff to initiate
safety parameter display system projects and to develop plant-specific
specifications. (Rich Reister, DOE, 301-903-0234)
10-14 -- Doel NPP, Belgium.
The project team for developing
and implementing management and operational controls procedures will
meet at Doel NPP, Belgium. The meeting is being coordinated by the
World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). This location was
chosen to allow the opportunity to study the implementation of
similar procedures at a non-U.S. and non-Soviet designed NPP. The
team will also conduct technical reviews of draft procedures and
take the necessary steps to complete implementation of the procedures
at pilot plants in countries with Soviet-designed NPPs. Attendees
include representatives from Armenia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech
Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, and the
United States. (Dennis Meyers, DOE, 202-586-7834)
June 11-20 --
Novovoronezh NPP and Moscow, Russia.
will meet with representatives from Novovoronezh NPP to discuss
plant-specific safety assessments. They will also meet with
representatives of the Research and Development Institute of Power
Engineering (RDIPE) to continue negotiations for the Leningrad plant
specific safety assessment. (Walt Pasedag, DOE, 301-903-3628)
June 13-17 -- Budapest, Hungary.
The next program review
covering U.S. assistance to Hungary is scheduled for June 13-17,
1996, in Budapest. Based on information obtained at this review,
the U.S. team will make recommendations to DOE management for future
funding. The last review meeting was held in March 1995. (Nicholas
Grossman, DOE, 301-903-3299)
June 15-22 -- Brookhaven National
Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Savannah River
Representatives from the Russian regulatory agency GAN
will attend a seminar titled "Quality Assurance in Research Reactors
and Fuel Facilities." They will receive an overview of quality assurance
as applied to research reactors in the United States when they visit
BNL, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the Savannah River
Site June 15-22, 1996. (Jan van Erp, ANL, 708-252-3381; Ted Ginsberg,
*June 16-22 -- Richland, Washington.
Staff from Gosatomnadzor will observe the 1996 radiological emergency
preparedness exercise at Hanford. They also will tour several
facilities associated with tank farm operations and emergency response.
(George Vargo, PNNL, 509-375-6836)
June 17-21 -- Moscow,
Representatives from INSP will participate in a
technology transfer strategy meeting with representatives from all
Russian NPPs and all organizations involved with nuclear power
plant personnel training (Minatom, Rosenergoatom, Atomtechenergo,
VNIIAES). (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
June 21-July 2 --
Chornobyl NPP, Ukraine.
A workshop about developing and
implementing EOIs will be held at Chornobyl NPP. Following the
workshop, participants will identify deliverables and agree on a
schedule for future work. In addition, work will begin on
implementing new Management and Operational Controls procedures at
Chornobyl NPP. (Dennis Meyers, DOE, 202-586-7834)
*June 22-29 --
Representatives from INSP will participate in
the International Atomic Energy Agency conference on "Risk
Issues for Soviet-Designed Reactors." (Dan Giessing, DOE,
June 23-29 -- Moscow, Russia.
of the Kola In-Depth Safety Analysis (KOLISA) project team will meet
to review project guidelines, conduct a plant walkdown, and introduce
human reliability concepts. (Walt Pasedag, DOE, 301-903-3628)
June 24-28 -- Khmelnytskyy NPP, Ukraine.
Physics Corporation personnel will work with Khmelnytskyy staff to
continue development of the refueling floor operator, chemical
operator, and control room reactor operator training courses. (Sonja
Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
June 24-28 -- Kozloduy NPP,
There will be an EOI development workshop at
Kozloduy NPP. Participants will include representatives from all
VVER-440/230 and VVER-1000 NPPs. (Kent Faris, PNNL, 509-372-4068)
*June 24-29 -- Vilnius, Lithuania.
will attend meetings to discuss RBMK input model development,
computer code assessment activities, and plant calculations. A
project plan for the validation of the RELAP5 computer code for
application to RBMK reactors will be developed. (Walt Pasedag, DOE,
*June 28-July 6 -- Moscow, Russia.
specialists will participate in meetings to develop a detailed work scope
for the Leningrad NPP deterministic safety analysis project. This
activity is part of an international cooperative effort to develop a
probabilistic risk assessment for the Leningrad NPP Unit 2. (Walt
Pasedag, DOE, 301-903-3628)
*June 29-July 3 -- Moscow,
Management and technical staff from Electrogorsk
Research and Engineering Center will meet with U.S. specialists.
Instrumentation issues at the Electrogorsk test facility, which provides
data for validating computer codes to be used in VVER-1000 reactor
safety analyses, will be discussed. DOE plans to provide the
facility with surplus two-phase flow instrumentation to help resolve the
issues. (Walt Pasedag, DOE, 301-903-3628)
July 8-12 --
Balakovo NPP, Russia.
Sonalysts, Inc. personnel and Balakovo
NPP staff will implement the pilot electrical operations training
course. They will continue development of the electrical
maintenance, water chemistry, and radiation protection pilot training
courses and the simulator instructor specialized training project.
(Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
*July 8-22 -- Chornobyl NPP,
U.S. staff will coordinate the installation of
equipment for the satellite linking PNNL with the Chornobyl Center
for Nuclear Safety, Radioactive Waste and Radioecology. Once
the system is operational, staff from Chornobyl NPP will be trained
in its operation and and basic troubleshooting. (Dan Giessing, DOE,
*July22-July 26 -- Yerevan, Armenia.
INSP team members will meet with Metsamor NPP staff for discussions
on EOIs, management and operational safety, and training. (Kent
Faris, PNNL, 509-372-4068)
July 22-26 -- Brussels, Belgium, and
Rivne NPP, Ukraine.
Representatives from Burns and Roe and
INSP will meet in Brussels with representatives from a European
community program of Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of
Independent States (TACIS). The team will then travel to Rivne NPP
to discuss the activities required to provide a safety parameter
display system compatible with the planned TACIS upgrades of the
Rivne instrumentation and control systems. (Rich Reister, DOE,
*July 29-August 2 -- Metsamor NPP, Armenia.
The VVER-440/230 EOI working group will meet at Metsamor NPP.
Representatives from all VVER-440/230 NPPs are scheduled to attend.
(Kent Faris, PNNL, 509-372-4068)
July TBD -- Kursk NPP,
U.S. specialists will visit Kursk NPP in Russia to
train plant staff in the use of ultrasonic testing equipment and a
re-engineered high-temperature suit, which have been recently
delivered to the site. (Jim Guppy, BNL, 516-344-2698)
26-30 -- Kola NPP, Russia.
There will be a VVER-440/213 EOI
working group meeting at Kola NPP. Representatives from all
VVER-440/213 NPPs are scheduled to attend. (Kent Faris, PNNL,
August 26-30 -- Ignalina NPP, Lithuania.
There will be an RBMK EOI working group meeting at Ignalina NPP.
Representatives from all RBMK NPPs are scheduled to attend. (Kent
Faris, PNNL, 509-372-4068)
September 9-13 -- Kozloduy NPP,
There will be a VVER-1000 EOI working group meeting
at Kozloduy NPP. Representatives from all VVER-1000 NPPs are
scheduled to attend. (Kent Faris, PNNL, 509-372-4068)
4-8 -- Kozloduy NPP, Bulgaria.
There will be a VVER-440/230
EOI working group meeting at Kozloduy NPP. Representatives from all
VVER-440/230 NPPs are scheduled to attend. (Kent Faris, PNNL,
November 4-8 -- Zaporizhzhya NPP, Ukraine.
There will be a VVER-1000 EOI working group meeting at
Zaporizhzhya NPP. Representatives from all VVER-1000 NPPs are
scheduled to attend. (Kent Faris, PNNL, 509-372-4068)
18-22 -- Smolensk NPP, Russia.
There will be an RBMK EOI
working group meeting at Smolensk NPP. Representatives from all RBMK
NPPs are scheduled to attend. (Kent Faris, PNNL, 509-372-4068)
December 9-13 -- Bohunice NPP, Slovakia.
There will be
a VVER-440/213 EOI working group meeting at Bohunice NPP.
Representatives from all VVER-440/213 NPPs are scheduled to attend.
(Kent Faris, PNNL, 509-372-4068)
indicates the event is a new item or has been changed from the last
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review of this weekly report has been conducted by DOE or PNNL.