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July 26, 1996
RBMK Decommissioning Strategy Development Project. Analysis of the current Russian regulatory and legislative environment as it applies to decommissioning of RBMK nuclear power plants (NPPs) was begun July 9-17, 1996. International Nuclear Safety Program (INSP) technical staff met with representatives from the Kurchatov Institute at Moscow and St. Petersburg. Discussions also were held with senior management and technical staff from Leningrad NPP to discuss 1) the NPP's role in the project, 2) their understanding of the current regulatory and legislative environment, and 3) technical details of Unit 1 at Leningrad NPP. (Robert Lavelle, BNL, 516-344-7747)
Kalinin Full-Scope Simulator. S3 Technologies shipped the computer components for this simulator to VNIIAES last month. Russian Customs at Moscow is currently holding the equipment. The Russian Customs' officials have begun to enforce a new safety certification for all electronic equipment entering Russia, which the simulator equipment did not have. This certification, according to S3 Technologies, involves a time-consuming process, and S3 Technologies is currently investigating how this matter can be resolved.
Simulators are used for training nuclear power plant operators and for validating emergency operating instructions (EOIs). Full-scope simulators are full-sized physical replicas of actual nuclear power plant control panels, which use interactive computer programs to simulate control room operations. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982)
Kola Full-Scope Simulator. The computer system hardware, associated systems, and development software for the Kola full-scope simulator have arrived in Moscow. However, S3 Technologies, the project's hardware contractor, cannot clear the shipment through Russian Customs because of the new requirement for a safety certification of electrical equipment entering Russia. S3 Technologies and General Energy Technologies (GET), the Russian contractor, are working to resolve the issue. To date they have identified three organizations that may be able to provide the necessary certification. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982)
Pipe Lathes. Pipe lathes have been purchased for the Kursk, Smolensk, and Chornobyl NPPs. The pipe lathe allows pipe cuts and weld preparation with the precision necessary for repair of main coolant piping. Pipe lathes were among the technologies approved for acquisition by the RBMK Maintenance Advisory Board when it met in February 1996 at Charlotte, North Carolina. Delivery of the pipe lathe for Kursk NPP will be ~August 1, 1996; the remaining two lathes will be delivered on or before August 30, 1996. (LaDonna James, PNNL, 509-375-4372)
Chornobyl Fire Safety Equipment. Bechtel representatives presented Chornobyl staff with the results of a review, which identified possible coating materials to make structural steel in the turbine hall more fire resistant. Acceptance tests and quality assurance requirements also were discussed for the fire doors being manufactured by Asken. Staff from Asken, Bechtel and Chornobyl NPP then met on July 25, 1996, in Kyiv to discuss progress and the schedule for production of the fire doors. (Rich Denning, PNNL, 614-424-7412)
Khmelnytskyy Full-Scope Simulator. Staff from INSP and S3 Technologies visited the Khmelnytskyy site on July 17-19, 1996, to review the progress of the training center construction. The building is nearing completion and a priority list of items essential for completion was drawn up. These items must be accomplished before the simulator control panels can be delivered to the site. All parties agreed that these items would be completed by August 1, 1996, allowing shipment of the simulator control panels to begin.
Modification work on the control panels was reviewed when personnel from INSP, Khmelnytskyy NPP, and S3 Technologies visited Energotraining. Shipment of panel units 1-6 is complete and all other panel units will be ready for shipment in mid-August 1996. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982)
Ukrainian Simulator Support Center. S3 Technologies performed acceptance tests on the computer hardware at the S3 Technologies facility, Columbia, Maryland, on July 16 and 17, 1996. The tests were completed successfully and were observed by representatives from INSP. The simulator equipment can now be shipped to the Simulator Support Center, Kyiv. S3 Technologies is completing the required Customs documentation and shipment is anticipated within 2 weeks. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982)
Pipe Lathes. See item under "Russia."
CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
Ignalina Instrumentation and Control System Module Replacement. The kick-off meeting for this project was held at the Ignalina NPP (Lithuania) on July 15 and 16, 1996. Agreements were reached among representatives from Ignalina NPP, INSP, and Halliburton NUS on the scope of the project and the roles and responsibilities of the participants. This project will focus on the development of a reliable, bi-stable electronic module to replace the current modules at Ignalina Unit 2. These electronic modules monitor critical safety conditions at the plant. The new electronic modules will be more reliable and will improve the safe operation of the Ignalina plant. (Ron Wright, PNNL, 509-372-4076)
Kozloduy Training Center. Representatives from Sonalysts and General Physics Corporation completed the second week of a 2-week training session with staff from the Kozloduy training center and Kozloduy NPP (Bulgaria). The sessions focused on developing training programs for the unit shift supervisor and reactor repair technician. During the week, task analysis (including additional tasks for both positions) and training program design activities were completed. Work was begun on developing course materials for student books and on-the-job training guides. Pilot teaching sessions were conducted for the reactor repair technician instructors. (Sonja Haber, 516-344-3575)
Paks NPP Training. The final report for the Human Factors Training and Support Project is ready for distribution. The project developed a tool to evaluate operator performance on a simulator. This tool is being used successfully at the Paks training center to improve or modify training, which can improve the reliability of worker performance. The Hungarians have already sent a formal letter of appreciation to INSP for this collaborative effort. (Bob Fitzpatrick, BNL, 516-344-7204)
"*" indicates the event is a new item or has been changed from the last report.
July 27-August 3 --
July 29-Aug 2
-- Smolensk NPP, Russia.
July 29-August 3 -- Kola NPP,
July 30-August 3 -- Chornobyl NPP, Ukraine.
August 1-2 --Slavutych,
*August 1-12 --
*August 5-16 -- Sonalysts, Inc., Waterford,
*August 10-24 -- Chornobyl NPP, Ukraine.
-- Russia and Ukraine.
18-20 -- Smolensk NPP, Russia.
*August 18-23 -- Moscow,
19-23 -- Khmelnytskyy NPP, Ukraine.
-- Moscow, Russia.
*August 22-23 -- Stockholm, Sweden.
26-30 -- Kursk NPP, Russia.
August 26-30 -- Kola NPP, Russia.
August 26-30 -- Ignalina NPP, Lithuania.
August TBD -- Moscow, Russia.
September 2-6 -- Bilibino NPP, Russia.
September 9-13 -- Kozloduy NPP,
September 16-20 -- Kalinin NPP, Russia.
*September 20-29 -- Kozloduy NPP,
*September TBD --
Leningrad NPP, Russia.
14-18 -- Smolensk NPP, Russia.
October 21-25 -- Novovoronezh NPP, Russia.
TBD -- Site TBD.
October TBD -- Kozloduy NPP, Bulgaria.
October TBD -- Dukovany NPP, Czech
-- Moscow, Russia.
November 4-8 -- Kozloduy NPP,
November 4-8 -- Zaporizhzhya NPP, Ukraine.
November 18-22 -- Smolensk NPP, Russia.
December 9-13 -- Bohunice NPP,
December TBD -- Charlotte, North Carolina.
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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