for the period January 11
through January 24, 1997
Prepared by Pacific
Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington
Training Technology Transfer Course Presented in Moscow.
During the week of January 13, training staff representatives of Russian
nuclear power plants (NPPs) with VVER reactors received an overview of the
training course, ASystematic Approach to Training (SAT), in Moscow. The
course was developed and presented by a team from Sonalysts, Inc. and
Balakovo NPP. The trainers will travel to the United States later this
month for more advanced training in SAT and instructor skills. At that
time, they also will begin preliminary analysis and design of selected
training programs for their respective plants. (Sonja Haber, BNL,
Balakovo Trainers Finalize Training Course.
Staff from Balakovo NPP worked with a team from Sonalysts, Inc. to
finalize the pilot course for instrumentation and control operations
during the week of January 13. The pilot course will be implemented
during the week of January 20. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
Russian Analysts Complete Training in Fire Hazards Evaluation.
on January 24, nine Russian analysts successfully completed a two-week
training course, AUsing the Reactor Core Protection Evaluation
Methodology. The Reactor Core Protection Evaluation Methodology, or
RCPEM, was written by a working group under the guidance of the U.S.
Department of Energy. Following extensive reviews by many international
organizations, the RCPEM was finalized in November 1996 and is now ready
The course included five days of instruction and two days
each at the University of Maryland and the James A. Fitzpatrick NPP in
Oswego, New York. At the University of Maryland, participants worked on
fire progression modeling and the development of system dependency models.
The time at Fitzpatrick NPP gave course participants a firsthand
observation of the changes made after that plant had conducted its safe
shutdown study using the RCPEM. After their return to Russia, the newly
trained analysts will begin a pilot project in fire hazards evaluation.
They will use the RCPEM to analyze a Russian NPP for areas where shutdown
systems may malfunction in the event of a fire. (Rich Denning, PNNL,
Customs To Release Smolensk Computer Equipment.
the Russian Customs committee met and agreed to release computer
equipment provided by AmeriData Global Ges m.B.H. of Vienna for the
Smolensk Training Center. Release as duty-free equipment is scheduled for
this week. (Tom Vehec, PNNL, 509-372-4072)
Simulator Development Center Ready To Begin
Work. U.S. contractor GSE Power Systems, Inc. reports that all
hardware, software, installation, and training services have been supplied
or completed at the Engineering Technical Center on Personnel Training for
Nuclear Energy (ETC). The ETC, Ukraine's simulator support center in
Kyiv, was provided a computer complex to advance the U.S. program's
technology transfer efforts to foster an indigenous capability in
simulation model development. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982).
Zaporizhzhya Fuel Storage Basket Approaching Destination.
The first multi-assembly sealed basket for the dry spent fuel storage
system at Zaporizhzhya NPP is moving toward Ukraine. A mid-February
delivery to Zaporizhzhya NPP is anticipated. The basket is designed to
hold 24 VVER-1000 spent fuel assemblies and to be compatible with
Zaporizhzhya's automated fuel-handling equipment. (Mike McKinnon, PNNL,
Chornobyl Shelter Project
Delivery Facilitated for Highest-Priority Safety Equipment.
During the week of January 20, U.S. program staff and a representative of
the Chornobyl Shelter met to finalize the specifications, numbers, and
priority levels for safety equipment the program will provide to the
shelter. The results of the meetings will facilitate timely delivery of
the highest-priority equipment to the Chornobyl Shelter. (Dennis Kreid,
Preparations Made for First Meeting of
International Shelter Project Working Group. The U.S. members of
the working group from the International Shelter Project (formerly called
the European Commission Shelter Project) met in Richland, Washington, on
January 22. The team developed a proposed schedule and list of specific
technical task assignments for presentation to the first meeting of the
full International Nuclear Safety Project Working Group. That meeting is
planned tentatively for early February in Washington, D.C., pending
concurrence of the G-7 Nuclear Safety Working Group on the statement of
work for the full working group. The U.S. team members continue work
toward defining the anticipated deliverables for the overall working group
while waiting for the European Commission and other G-7 donor country
participants to join them. (Dennis Kreid, PNNL, 509-375-2170)
Developed for Data Collection Process. U.S. project managers
involved in plant and generic data collection in former Soviet Union
countries met in Atlanta in mid-January to coordinate the data collection
efforts to ensure the compatibility of data and data structures. The
managers also developed a schedule for completing the generic and
plant-specific data collection efforts that support the development of
probabilistic risk assessments for the plants. The next major milestone
for the group is to present the standardized data collection process and
obtain ratification of the process from the users group and program staff.
That presentation will take place in April at a joint meeting planned for
Slovakia or the Czech Republic. (Tom Vehec, PNNL, 509-372-4072)
"*" indicates the
event is a new item or has been changed from the last report.
January 24-February 2 -- Smolensk NPP, Russia.
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.
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. 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, Ukraine.
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,
January 26-27 -- Kyiv, Ukraine.
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 -- Paris, France.
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,
January 26-February 1 -- Moscow and Novovoronezh
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, 301-903-1418).
January 26-February 7 -- Khmelnytskyy NPP, Ukraine.
General Physics Corporation will assist Khmelnytskyy NPP in implementing
the pilot Chemical Operator training course. (Sonja Haber, BNL,
January 26-February 21 -- Aiken, South Carolina,
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, PNNL,
*January 27-February 1 -- Balakovo NPP, Russia.
The VVER-1000 emergency operating instructions working group
will hold a training workshop. Representatives of VNIIAES and Gidropress
also will attend. (Kent Faris, PNNL, 509-372-4068) (Workshop No. 97-027;
Travel Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL, 509-375-6554)
27-February 1 -- Richland, Washington, USA.
A kickoff meeting
of the Ukraine Quality Assurance Working Group will be held to discuss
improving safety by communicating lessons learned. 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.
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, 301-903-3628)
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) (Workshop No. 96-074; Travel Coordinator Melinda
Stone, PNNL, 509-375-4391)
*January 29-February 15 -- Kyiv and
A delegation representing the U.S. program
will meet with Chornobyl NPP representatives. The group will tour and
assess the major power plant systems to collect data for use in planning
deactivation training for Chornobyl NPP staff. (Riaz Awan, DOE,
*January 31-February 4 -- Richland, Washington,
A representative of the State Scientific and Technical
Center, Ukraine Ministry of Environmental Protection and Nuclear Safety
will meet with program staff at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Discussions will focus on planning for projects related to event reporting
and equipment reliability databases, as well as analyses for emergency
operating instructions. (Donnie Draper, PNNL, 509-372-4079) (Workshop No.
97-028; Travel Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL, 509-375-6554)
Scope Change ÷January 31-February 7 -- Brugge, Belgium.
participants from Ukraine and the United States 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. (Dan Giessing, DOE,
301-903-2852) (Workshop No. 97-016; Travel Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL,
*Change in coordinator; date TBD -- Zaporizhzhya
A VVER-1000 EOI working group meeting will be
held at Zaporizhzhya NPP. Representatives from all VVER-1000 NPPs are
expected to attend. The World Association of Nuclear Operators-Moscow
Centre will be coordinating this meeting. (Kent Faris, PNNL,
February 1-8 -- Kyiv, Ukraine.
initiate 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 3-7 -- Moscow, Russia.
Technical staff from the U.S. program will attend and observe
factory acceptance testing of the input/output system of the full-scope
simulator for Kola Unit 4. The testing will be done at the facilities of
Russian contractor General Energy Technologies (GET). (Peter Kohut, BNL,
February 3 -14 -- Leningrad NPP, Russia.
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, 516-344-3575)
* Canceled ÷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 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, 516-344-2385)
*February 9-11 -- Slavutych,
Technical leads from the U.S. program will participate
in the emergency operating instruction analysis workshop for Chornobyl
NPP. They also will meet with Chornobyl's chief engineer to review
progress on three projects under way at the plant. (Dennis Meyers, DOE,
*February 10-12 -- Vilnius, Lithuania.
Technical staff from the U.S. program and contractor Burns & Roe will meet
with representatives of Ignalina NPP to develop a memorandum of
understanding for the battery and switchgear upgrade project. (Norman
Fletcher, DOE, 301-903-3275)
* Date Change ÷February 10-14 --
Balakovo NPP, Russia.
Sonalysts, Inc. will assist staff of the
Balakovo NPP Training Center in implementing the pilot training course,
Radiation Protection Shift Supervisor. Training staff representatives
from Chornobyl and Khmelnytskyy NPPs and the Novovoronezh Training Center
also will attend. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575) (Workshop No. 97-021;
Travel Coordinator Melinda Stone, PNNL, 509-375-4391)
February 10-13 -- St. Petersburg, Russia.
the U.S. program and contractor Bechtel National, Inc. will participate in
joint technical/contractual meetings with Leningrad NPP officials.
Participants will discuss issues regarding the Leningrad proposal for
purchase and installation of new plant fire detection equipment. Also to
be discussed is a potential task with Leningrad NPP for work related to
development of safety parameter display systems. (Rich Reister, DOE,
* February 15-March 8 -- Columbia, Maryland, USA.
Seven simulator specialists from Zaporizhzhya NPP will
participate in a training course at GSE Power Systems, Inc. (formerly
known as S3 Technologies). This course will provide training in UNIX and
the simulation software that operates on the full-scope simulator at
Zaporizhzhya. (Bill Shier, BNL, 516 344 2385)
-- 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,
* Date Change ÷February 17-28 -- Kozloduy NPP,
Staff from General Physics Corporation and Sonalysts,
Inc. will work with Kozloduy NPP training center staff to develop training
programs for control room operators and mechanical maintenance/ rotating
equipment. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575).
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 20-21 -- Kyiv, Ukraine.
from Ukraine will meet with U.S. program technical leads to discuss the
work plan and schedule for the Ukraine training technology transfer
effort. Representatives from Derzhkomatom and the South Ukraine, Rivne,
Zaporizhzhya, and Khmelnytskyy NPPs will attend. (Sonja Haber, BNL,
February 22-27-- London, England.
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, 509-375-6554)
* Rescheduled ÷
February 22-28 -- Moscow, Russia.
Program technical experts
will visit VNIIAES to evaluate data on its suitability for inclusion in
the Russian RBMK reliability database. (Bob Moffitt, PNNL, 509-372-4108)
* February 22-March 1 -- Washington, D.C., and Richland,
Representatives of Rosenergoatom will meet to
discuss customs and maintenance issues related to the U.S. program. (Tom
Vehec, PNNL, 509-372-4072) (Workshop No. 97-025; Travel Coordinator Gail
Flora, PNNL, 509-375-6554)
* February 23-March 1 -- Moscow,
U.S. program experts in plant safety evaluation will meet
with staff of ENTEK to discuss the deterministic safety analysis portion
of the probabilistic and deterministic safety analysis for Leningrad Unit
2. ENTEK also will present a progress report on the pressure tube
rupture propagation efforts under way for Leningrad Unit 2. (Walt
Pasedag, DOE, 301-903-3628)
* February 24-27 -- Moscow, Russia.
U.S. program staff from the legislative and regulatory project
will participate in a workshop on licensing of nuclear facilities in
Russia at the Gosatomnadzor (GAN) Scientific and Engineering Center. This
workshop, which also marks the tenth anniversary of GAN's Scientific and
Engineering Center, will cover a variety of issues directly related to
Russia's transition from a system of operating permits to one of
licensing. (Ed Branagan, DOE, 301-903-6509; George Vargo, PNNL,
* Canceled ÷February 24-March 7 -- Aiken, South
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)
February 24-March 7 -- Zaporizhzhya NPP, Ukraine.
program will train technical and engineering staff from Ukrainian NPPs on
the use of manual ultrasonic equipment provided by the program in December
1996. The seminar also will cover modern ultrasonic techniques for
determining the through-wall extent of defects. (Tom Taylor, PNNL,
February 24-March 7 -- Kursk NPP, Russia.
Sonalysts, Inc. 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)
* March 1-7 -- Vermont Yankee NPP, Vernon, Vermont, USA.
The plant manager and staff representatives from Novovoronezh NPP will
participate in a WANO-sponsored exchange meeting with staff of Vermont
Yankee NPP. The exchange will cover operational safety topics--conduct of
operations, management and operational controls, emergency operating
instructions, operator training--plus recent plant events and other items
of mutual interest. (Kent Faris, PNNL, 509-372-4068) (Workshop 97-014;
Travel Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL, 509-375-6554)
-- Chornobyl NPP, Ukraine.
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 15-April 12 -- Aiken, South Carolina, USA.
representatives of Russian research reactors will participate in a
training workshop at General Physics Corporation facilities. General
Physics staff will train the group on the Systematic Approach to Training
and instructor skills. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575) (Workshop No.
97-004; Travel Coordinator Melinda Stone, PNNL, 509-375-4391)
Canceled ÷March 17-21 -- Trnava, Slovakia.
will implement the Simulator Instructor training course at the Trnava
Training Center. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
17-22 -- Mohovce NPP, Slovakia.
representatives from host countries with VVER reactors will attend a
regulator workshop hosted by Mohovce NPP. Personnel from each VVER
reactor site also will participate. The workshop, which continues work
begun at the November meeting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will cover topics
associated with emergency operating instruction development,
implementation, and regulation for VVER reactors. U.S. program technical
staff also will attend. (Larry Sherfey, PNNL, 509-372-4080)
March 17-28 -- Khmelnytskyy NPP, Ukraine.
Corporation will work with staff of Khmelnytskyy NPP on the Control Room
Operator training course. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
April 14-25 -- Waterford, Connecticut, USA.
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)