for the period December 21, 1996 through
January 10, 1997
Prepared by Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory, Richland, Washington
Work Scopes Finalized for Three Safety Analysis
Projects. During the week of December 10, U.S. program staff held
technical discussions with representatives of Gosatomnadzor (GAN) and the
Russian Academy of Sciences Nuclear Safety Institute (IBRAE) on the scope
of three safety analysis/support projects. IBRAE will help develop a
thermal-hydraulic code certification and validation strategy, extend
structural analysis for the VVER-1000 containment system, and develop
standardized probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) procedures for Russian
nuclear power plants (NPPs). (Jeff Binder, ANL, 630-252-7265)
Status of Kola In-Depth Safety Analysis Clarified.
Representatives from the Science Applications International Corporation
(SAIC), the Kurchatov Institute, the Kola NPP, and ANL met December 16
through 20 in Moscow to discuss the status of the Kola in-depth safety
analysis (KOLISA) project. Representatives discussed project guidelines
and determined that document preparation is on schedule. A meeting of the
SAIC expert and the appropriate representative from the Kola plant
resulted in speeding up completion of the human reliability analysis
guideline. Progress was made on the input file for the RELAP5 code for
the accident analysis calculation portion of the PRA. U.S. team members
also discussed the possible inclusion of deterministic safety calculations
for Units 1 and 2 with a representative from Gidropress. (Phil Pizzica,
Simulator Review Meeting Held in Moscow.
During the week of December 2, U.S. program staff participated in project
review meetings at the facilities of VNIIAES for five simulator projects.
Other participants were GSE Power Systems, Inc. (formerly S3 Technologies)
and NPP personnel from Kola, Kalinin, Novovoronezh, South Ukraine, and
Chornobyl. The meetings determined that most of the projects are
progressing on schedule. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982).
Reviews KOLISA Project Documents. IBRAE completed its review of four
Kola procedure guides that were prepared by the Kola project team.
Project Quality Assurance Procedures; Initiating Event Identification and
Grouping; System Analysis (Fault Tree Development); and Data Analysis have
been reviewed in Russian and all but Project Quality Assurance Procedures
in English. The reviewed documents have been distributed to ANL, SAIC,
and the Russian organizations involved in the KOLISA PRA. (Ted Ginsberg,
First Fuel Storage
Basket Shipped to Zaporizhzhya. The first multi-assembly sealed
basket, designed and fabricated for dry storage of VVER-1000 spent nuclear
fuel, was shipped and is expected to arrive at Zaporizhzhya NPP in
mid-February. The basket is designed to hold 24 spent fuel assemblies and
is compatible with the automated fuel-handling equipment at Zaporizhzhya.
During construction, the design specification was tightened to be
compatible with the automated fuel-handling equipment, which decreased
dimensional tolerances and increased the difficulty in fabricating a
conforming basket. The basket will be tested at Zaporizhzhya NPP to
determine its acceptability. (Mike McKinnon, PNNL, 509-372-4198)
Khmelnytskyy Full-Scope Simulator Project Reviewed. U.S. program
staff reviewed the simulator project at the Khmelnytskyy plant site.
Integration activities by GSE Power Systems, Inc. are proceeding despite
difficulties caused by ongoing construction activities at the Training
Center. Program staff and plant management also discussed possible
participants and translation requirements for the simulator testing
activities. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982)
Position Paper Prepared . The U.S. program has
prepared a position paper proposing the scope of work, organization, and
key participants for a technical working group. The working group has
been chartered to define further the recommended short- and long-term
measures from the European Commission shelter study. The paper is being
reviewed with the U.S. Department of State to support planned discussions
and agreement with the European Commission and Ukrainian participants.
The technical working group expects to begin activities on this task in
late January, with completion in 6 to 8 weeks. (Dennis Kreid, PNNL,
Central and Eastern Europe
Configuration Management Project Team Meets. Members of the Kozloduy
configuration management working group visited the United States for
meetings and tours. Several meetings were held at American Technology
International's offices in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and participants
discussed project deliverables, the master equipment list, and strategy
for implementing working-level procedures. The Kozloduy staff gave a
presentation on the background and organization of Kozloduy NPP, the
obstacles they face in fully implementing configuration management, and
their plans for the next several months. Participants visited the Watts
Bar NPP and two facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The visitors
saw demonstrations of configuration management databases and discussed its
implementation. (Dan Couch, PNNL, 509-372-4591)
Inservice Inspection Workshop Held. During
the week of December 16, technical experts in inservice inspection from
the United States, Russia, and Ukraine met in Augusta, Georgia, to develop
a mutual understanding of the processes used in their countries.
Inservice inspection is part of the periodic maintenance performed at all
nuclear power plants; it monitors the structural integrity of components
and piping critical to their safe operation. The workshop included two
days of technical seminars, tours of the ultrasonic inspection equipment
that prepared Savannah River Site for restart, and a tour of Vogtle NPP.
The final two days of the workshop were devoted to outlining areas of
technology transfer and collaboration among the participants.
Implementing the new technologies at NPPs will improve safety by reducing
radiological exposure and improving maintenance and performance. (Tom
Taylor, PNNL, 509-375-4331)
indicates the event is a new item or has been changed from the last
January 13-17 -- Moscow, Russia.
A course on the
Systematic Approach to Training will be given in Moscow for participants
of the training technology transfer program. (Sonja Haber, BNL,
516-344-3575) (Workshop No. 97-003; Travel Coordinator Melinda Stone,
January 13-24 -- Balakovo NPP, Russia.
Sonalysts, Inc. and Balakovo NPP training staff will implement the pilot
training course for instrumentation and control technicians. Sonalysts
staff will work with Balakovo NPP training staff to continue developing
the safety inspector training course. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
(Workshop No. 97-004; Travel Coordinator Melinda Stone, PNNL,
January 13-24 -- Fitzpatrick NPP, Scriba, New York;
and Washington, D.C.
Instructors from the U.S. program and
contractors Bechtel, Burns & Roe, the University of Maryland, and
Engineering Planning and Management, Inc. will train Russian NPP staff and
regulators in the reactor core protection evaluation methodology. That
methodology will be applied in a pilot study in Russia. (Rich Denning,
*January 17-31 -- Sosnovy Bor, Russia;
Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden.
A U.S. technical expert
will participate in a Leningrad NPP Unit 2 Probabilistic Safety Assessment
(PSA) workshop at Sosnovy Bor. He will attend discussions about the
external review with STUK (the Finnish regulator) and attend meetings and
a workshop on DOE and Swedish International Project activities. These
activities include 1) development of Ignalina NPP emergency operating
instructions (EOIs), 2) the status of the EOI deliverable, 3) the Ignalina
NPP Configuration Management Improvement project, and 4) the effect of the
recent DOE/ENTEK intellectual property clause on the Leningrad NPP Unit 2
PSA work. (Walt Pasedag, DOE, 301-903-3628)
*January 19-28 --
Moscow, Russia; Kyiv, Ukraine.
U.S. experts will meet with
Derzhkomatom and staff of two NPPs and a Ukrainian design organization to
initiate the VVER-1000 safety parameter display system project. A
preliminary specification will be developed for a competitive procurement
for a U.S. vendor. They also will discuss the input/output data matrix,
status of EOIs, and critical safety parameters. (Norman Fletcher, DOE,
January 20-30 -- Kyiv and Slavutych, Ukraine.
U.S. experts will evaluate potential facilities to house the
Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety, Radioactive Waste and Radioecology.
They also will discuss the possibility of Italian participation with
representatives of that country. (Kristen Suokko, DOE, 202-586-5559)
*January 21-24 -- Moscow, Russia.
U.S. program personnel
will meet at Rosenergoatom offices to discuss program activities. They
will meet with representatives of Bechtel National, Rosenergoatom, Russian
industry, and NPPs to discuss technology transfer in the manufacture of
circuit breakers. They also will meet with Rosenergoatom, Burns & Roe,
SAIC, and ConSyst staff to discuss the Novovoronezh safety parameter
display system. (Rich Denning, PNNL, 614-424-7412)
24-February 2 -- Smolensk NPP, Russia.
A member of the
maintenance technology transfer team and two U.S. equipment manufacturers=
representatives will provide expert instruction in maintenance technology
using equipment recently transferred to plants with RBMK reactors.
Designated technical training personnel from each of the RBMK reactor
facilities (Ignalina, Leningrad, Smolensk, Kursk, and Chornobyl) are the
trainees. (Bob Moffitt, PNNL, 509-372-4108) (Workshop No. 97-009; Travel
Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL, 509-375-6554)
January 25-February 1
-- Moscow, Russia.
Program experts in probabilistic safety
analysis will participate in a review meeting for the KOLISA project.
Expected to participate are staff from Kola NPP, IBRAE, the Kurchatov
Institute, and U.S. contractor SAIC. The U.S. team members then will
hold working meetings with their technical counterparts on the IBRAE
quality assurance and peer review teams. (Walt Pasedag, DOE,
*January 25-February 6 -- London, England, and
U.S. experts will share information with
representatives of AEA Technologies on the condition and reliability of
the fossil-fuel thermal energy plants at Chornobyl NPP. AEA has done
preliminary work to quantify the need for more thermal energy capacity at
the site. The shutdown of Unit 1 has raised concerns by the Ukrainian
Ministry of Safety for the safety of the single unit left operating at the
site. A team of U.S. power plant engineers will acquire information and
evaluate alternatives for the thermal energy needs of the site. (Riaz
Awan, DOE, 301-903-5462)
January 25-February 8 -- Chornobyl NPP,
Sonalysts, Inc. and General Physics Corporation will
work with the Chornobyl NPP training development group on the Control Room
Operator and Radiation Protection Technician training courses. (Sonja
Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
*January 26-27 -- Kyiv, Ukraine.
U.S. program personnel will meet at Derhzkomatom with Burns & Roe,
Ukrainian industry, and NPP staffs to develop agreements related to the
provision of safety parameter display systems to VVER-1000 plants in
Ukraine. (Rich Denning, PNNL, 614-424-7412)
January 26-29 --
A technical leader from the U.S. will attend a
meeting of the Ignalina Safety Panel. The Ignalina safety analysis report
and reports of the task teams who wrote the report will be reviewed.
(Walt Pasedag, DOE, 301-903-3628)
January 26-February 1 -- Moscow
and Novovoronezh NPP, Russia.
Management and operational safety
project staff will hold meetings with representatives of Balakovo and
Novovoronezh NPPs and Rosenergoatom to initiate the Russian configuration
management project. Details of implementing the project will be discussed
at Novovoronezh NPP; a final meeting at Rosenergoatom offices will focus
on defining and agreeing to the scope of work and roles and
responsibilities for all project participants. (Dennis Meyers, DOE,
January 26-February 7 -- Khmelnytskyy NPP, Ukraine.
General Physics Corporation will assist Khmelnytskyy NPP in
implementing the pilot Chemical Operator training course. (Sonja Haber,
January 26 -February 21 -- Aiken, South
As part of the training technology transfer
program, representatives from Russian VVERs and Bilibino NPP will attend a
course on the Systematic Approach to Training and instructor skills.
General Physics and Sonalysts staff will present the course, which
includes a visit to a U.S. NPP training center. (Sonja Haber, BNL,
516-344-3575) (Workshop No. 97-005; Travel Coordinator Melinda Stone,
*January 27-February 1 -- Richland, Washington,
A kickoff meeting of the Ukraine Quality Assurance Working
Group will be held to discuss improving safety by communicating lessons
learned. Communication of ideas, techniques, and methods that do not work
may reduce the risk of an accident; communication of those that do work
can prevent other plants from "reinventing the wheel." Representatives
from Ukrainian NPPs, Derhzkomatom, the U.S. program, and Ukrainian and
U.S. consultants plan to attend. Participants will develop a project work
plan for program review and approval. (Bob Moffitt, PNNL, 509-372-4108)
(Workshop No. 97-008; Travel Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL, 509-375-6554)
January 29-February 1 -- Moscow, Russia.
A U.S. program
expert in plant safety evaluation will meet with ENTEK staff to review the
status of two projects at Leningrad NPP. ENTEK will present a progress
report on the deterministic safety analysis and pressure tube rupture
propagation efforts under way for Leningrad Unit 2. ENTEK is expected to
provide information on its project management and controls as well as
proposed approaches for providing quality products. (Walt Pasedag, DOE,
January 29-February 7 -- Fitzpatrick NPP, Scriba, New
York; and Washington, D.C.
Instructors from the U.S. team and
contractors Bechtel, Burns & Roe, the University of Maryland, and EPM will
train Ukrainian NPP staff and regulators in the reactor core protection
evaluation methodology. The methodology will be applied in a pilot study
in Ukraine. (Rich Denning, PNNL, 614-424-7412)
January 31-February 7 -- Moscow, Russia.
experts will visit VNIIAES to evaluate data on its suitability for
inclusion in the Russian RBMK reliability database. (Bob Moffitt, PNNL,
January 31-February 7 -- Brugge, Belgium.
A U.S. team member will attend the International Workshop on Nuclear
Public Information to meet with information officers from nuclear
organizations in Europe and the former Soviet Union countries. The
workshop will discuss communication practices in the nuclear industry with
a focus on Chornobyl and the development of an information exchange forum
using the Internet. The U.S. team member also will discuss the needs of
the Chornobyl Center with Center staff and begin developing a formal
communications/ marketing plan. (Dan Giessing, DOE, 301-903-2852)
(Workshop No. 97-016; Travel Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL, 509-375-6554)
TBD -- Zaporizhzhya NPP, Ukraine.
A VVER-1000 EOI working
group meeting will be held at Zaporizhzhya NPP. Representatives from all
VVER-1000 NPPs are expected to attend. (Kent Faris, PNNL, 509-372-4068)
(Workshop No. 96-103; Travel Coordinator Melinda Stone, PNNL,
February 1-8 -- Kyiv, Ukraine.
the configuration management project in Ukraine, management and
operational safety project staff will meet with Derzhkomatom
representatives. Discussions will address the scope of work and define
the roles and responsibilities of all project participants. (Dennis
Meyers, DOE, 301-903-1418)
*February 3 -14 -- Leningrad NPP,
Sonalysts, Inc. staff will work with Leningrad NPP
training staff to develop a training program for unit shift supervisors as
part of the training technology transfer program. (Sonja Haber, BNL,
February 3-14 -- Trnava, Slovakia.
Sonalysts, Inc. and General Physics Corporation will present a workshop on
the Systematic Approach to Training at the Trnava Training Center. (Sonja
Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
February 3-14 -- Balakovo NPP, Russia.
Sonalysts, Inc. staff will meet with Balakovo NPP training staff
to assist in implementing the Radiation Protection Technician pilot
training course. Personnel from the Chornobyl NPP training staff also
will attend. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
Changed*February 5-19 -- Trnava , Slovakia.
U.S. program staff
will work with the specialists at the Nuclear Power Plant Research
Institute (VUJE) on the continued upgrade of the V1 simulator. The team
will focus on development and implementation of additional terminal
displays and completion of the validation program. (Bill Shier, BNL,
February 17-21 -- Moscow, Russia; and Kyiv, Ukraine.
U.S. program staff will participate in meetings to sign memoranda
of understanding for four simulator projects. Discussions also will be
held regarding project organizations and other technical details. (Peter
Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982) .
*Date Changed*February 17-28 --
Waterford, Connecticut, USA.
Staff from Balakovo NPP will work
with U.S. contractor Sonalysts, Inc. to develop materials for the safety
inspector training program. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575) (Workshop
No. 97-019; Travel Coordinator Melinda Stone, PNNL, 509-375-4391)
February 22-27-- London, England.
A U.S. fire protection
expert will attend Fire & Safety >97, the Second International Conference
on Fire Protection and Prevention in Nuclear Facilities. He will present
a paper on fire safety upgrades at Soviet-designed NPPs and participate in
a workshop for contractors and Russian and Ukrainian participants to
describe the reactor core protection evaluation methodology and its
planned implementation in Soviet-designed reactors. (Rich Reister, DOE,
301-903-0234) (Workshop No. 97-001; Travel Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL,
February 24-March 7 -- Aiken, South Carolina, USA.
Representatives from the Trnava Training Center will attend a
workshop on instructor skills at General Physics Corporation facilities in
Aiken. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575) (Workshop No. 97-006; Travel
Coordinator Melinda Stone, PNNL, 509-375-4391)
Changed*February 24-March 7 -- Kursk NPP, Russia.
staff will work with Kursk NPP training staff to develop a training
program on mechanical maintenance as part of the training technology
transfer program. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
24-March 7 -- Kozloduy NPP, Bulgaria.
Staff from General Physics
Corporation and Sonalysts, Inc. will work with Kozloduy NPP training
center staff to develop training programs for 1) control room operators
and 2) mechanical maintenance/ rotating equipment. (Sonja Haber, BNL,
*Date and Scope Changed*March 10-21 -- Chornobyl NPP,
Staff from General Physics Corporation and Sonalysts,
Inc. will work with the Chornobyl NPP training staff to develop training
programs for radiation protection technicians and control room reactor
operators. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
March 17-21 -- Trnava,
Sonalysts, Inc. will implement the Simulator Instructor
training course at the Trnava Training Center. (Sonja Haber, BNL,
March 17-28 -- Khmelnytskyy NPP, Ukraine.
General Physics Corporation will work with staff of Khmelnytskyy NPP on
the Control Room Operator training course. (Sonja Haber, BNL,
*Date Changed*April 14-25 -- Waterford, Connecticut,
Personnel from the Chornobyl NPP training development group
will work with staff from Sonalysts, Inc. on the Radiation Protection
Technician training course. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575) Workshop
No. 97-020; Travel Coordinator Melinda Stone, PNNL, 509-375-4391)