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for the period February 8
through February 21, 1997
Groundwork Laid for Configuration Management at Two Russian Plants. In late January, U.S. members of the management and operational safety team met in Moscow with representatives of Balakovo and Novovoronezh nuclear power plants (NPPs) and Rosenergoatom to initiate the Russian configuration management project. Training on basic concepts of configuration management was provided. The Russian representatives expressed enthusiasm about the project and recognized that configuration management is an important process to incorporate into their management operations. A protocol outlining the agreements for Phase I of the project was signed by Rosenergoatom, Novovoronezh, Balakovo, and the U.S. team. (Dan Couch, PNNL, 509-372-4591)
Kola Simulator System Hardware Passes Test. The hardware for the input/output system of Kola NPP's full-scope simulator recently completed satisfactory acceptance tests in Moscow. The input/output system, a major U.S. contribution to the Kola full-scope simulator project, was tested in early February at the simulator staging facility of General Energy Technologies (GET). Observing the tests were GET's manager for the Kola project, a representative of Kola NPP, and several U.S. technical staff. Also present were technical staff from ELISP, the hardware supplier, who immediately corrected some very minor deficiencies that surfaced during the testing. The Kola NPP representative indicated complete satisfaction with the test results; he will provide written approval of the test plan and of the test results. The successful test makes it possible for technical staff to begin integrating the input/output system with the control room panels. Those panels are scheduled for delivery to GET in August. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982)
New Work Begun for Bilibino, Balakovo NPP Simulators. During the week of February 17, U.S. technical staff met in Moscow with representatives of Bilibino and Balakovo NPPs. They reviewed, finalized, and signed memoranda of understanding for an analytic simulator for Bilibino and an upgrade for the Balakovo simulator. They also discussed contractual arrangements and a possible project schedule, as well as reviewing the draft technical specifications, for the Bilibino simulator. Staff from Rosenergoatom and participants from VNIIAES also attended these meetings. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982)
Russian Representatives of VVER Plants Complete Comprehensive Training Course. On February 21, representatives from Russian plants with VVER reactors (Kola, Novovoronezh, and Kalinin NPPs) and the Novovoronezh Training Center completed a four-week course in the Systematic Approach to Training and instructor skills. The course, which began on January 27, was held at General Physics Corporation facilities in Aiken, South Carolina. In addition to classroom training, course participants visited the Catawba and V.C. Summer NPPs for a first-hand look at well-equipped and managed training facilities. The intent of these activities is to transfer technology for training to host country participants who will, in turn, transfer what they have learned to trainees at their home NPPs. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
Balakovo Trainers Implement Radiation Protection Technician Training Course. Staff from Balakovo NPP collaborated with a team from Sonalysts, Inc. to implement the pilot course for radiation protection technicians during the week of February 10. Representatives from Khmelnytskyy and Chornobyl NPPs and from the Novovoronezh Training Center also attended the course as observers. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
Gosatomnadzor Delegation Attends U.S. Briefing. A delegation from Gosatomnadzor, headed by that agency's First Deputy Chairman, visited Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington, on February 13 and 14. During this visit, U.S. team representatives briefed the delegation on the status of projects to improve the safety of nuclear facilities in Russia, efforts to stop the production of weapons-grade plutonium, and efforts to improve the security of nuclear materials in the former Soviet Union. (George Vargo, PNNL, 509-375-6836)
Ukrainian Plant to Begin Configuration Management Work. During the first week of February, meetings were held in Kyiv, Ukraine, to begin work on a configuration management plan for Zaporizhzhya NPP. Representatives of the Zaporizhzhya plant, Derzhkomatom, and the new Ukrainian utility Energoatom discussed with U.S. team members how to initiate the Ukrainian configuration management project. Training on basic concepts of configuration management was provided. The Ukrainian representatives appeared enthusiastic about the project and recognized that the configuration management process is important to incorporate into their management operations. The four groups of representatives signed a protocol outlining the agreements for Phase I of the project. (Dan Couch, PNNL, 509-372-4591)
South Ukraine Simulator Components Pass Acceptance Tests. GSE Power Systems, Inc. (formerly S3 Technologies) recently conducted acceptance tests on computer hardware and software for South Ukraine Unit 3's full-scope simulator. Technical staff from the U.S. team were present during the testing. All components successfully passed their respective tests. The computer system soon will be shipped to VNIIAES, the simulator vendor. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982)
New Agreements Signed for Simulator Work at Two Ukrainian Plants. During the week of February 17, U.S. technical staff and representatives of Zaporizhzhya Unit 5 and Rivne Unit 2 met in Kyiv. A memorandum of understanding was finalized and signed for the Zaporizhzhya Unit 5 simulator. Pending issues are under review for the Rivne Unit 2 simulator. The existing full-scope simulator at Zaporizhzhya will be upgraded. Meeting participants also discussed scope, schedule, and other project business issues. Talks also were held with staff of Derzhkomatom and the Engineering Technical Center concerning ongoing and potential simulator projects planned for Ukraine. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982)
Safety Analysis for South Ukraine Unit 1 to Begin. Meetings held in Argonne, Illinois, on February 10 through 14 marked the start of a new in-depth safety analysis project in Ukraine. Representatives of South Ukraine Unit 1 and their subcontractor, Energorisk, Ltd., together with Scientech, Inc. and the U.S. team, drew up plans and schedules for the first phase of the safety analysis to be conducted for the plant. The parties reached agreements on work scope, baseline schedule, preliminary effort estimates, and project organization. A first draft of a project plan was prepared. Financial arrangements for the project also were discussed. The parties finalized and signed two task orders for the project dealing with project planning and documentation/evaluation of previous probabilistic risk assessment work. (Christian Kot, ANL, 630-252-6151)
Transfer of Training Technology Begins in Ukraine. Participants from Ukraine met with U.S. technical leads in Kyiv on January 20 and 21 to begin work on the training technology transfer effort for Ukrainian NPPs. Discussions were held on the work plan and schedule for this project. Ukrainian participants included representatives of Derzhkomatom and the South Ukraine, Rivne, Zaporizhzhya, and Khmelnytskyy NPPs. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
Chornobyl Shelter Project
U.S. Technical Support Provided to European Commission Study. The European Commission's report, Chornobyl Unit 4; Short- and Long-Term Measures, issued in November 1996 provided a technically based set of recommended short- and long-term measures to initially stabilize conditions in the existing shelter. The cost and schedule estimates provided in the report were not sufficient to support an international pledging conference of G-7 participants. Therefore, a second study phase has been initiated to define more clearly the required projects in preparation for the pledging conference planned for May or June 1997. At a meeting in Darmstadt, Germany, on February 10, a team of experts began developing a Shelter Implementation Plan. The plan includes provisions for resolving remaining issues between the European Commission recommendations and the Ukrainian position regarding shelter stabilization and fuel removal.
The U.S. representative met with the Ukrainians in Kyiv on February 16 and 17 to review open issues. The full team meets in Darmstadt on February 24 and 25 to begin the required engineering and project planning efforts. (Dennis Kreid, PNNL, 509-375-2170)
Chornobyl Shelter Equipment Upgrades Under Way. Equipment and support infrastructure are being upgraded at the Chornobyl shelter to improve the radiological and industrial safety conditions for shelter workers. The upgrades are significant in light of the anticipated increased work volume and international work force that will be involved in implementing the recommended short- and long-term measures to stabilize the shelter. Upgrades are being performed in four areas:
To reduce dose to workers, the United States is providing electronic dosimeters and whole- body and extremity thermoluminescent dosimetry systems plus software to record and plan personnel exposure and shielding as well as control of radiation zone access.
Major components of a system to monitor neutron flux transients in the shelter are being purchased. The system, planned for delivery in July 1997, will provide spectral information essential to determining if the transients are due to actual changes in reactivity of nuclear fuel within the shelter.
Dust suppression equipment (airless sprayers) has been ordered to assist in decontaminating and maintaining low contamination levels in shelter periphery support areas and accessways to actual work sites for ongoing and future work.
A wide variety of equipment has been identified to upgrade industrial safety conditions. Basic tools such as hard hats, ear protectors, ladders, and fall protection and rescue equipment have been ordered. A variety of drilling equipment will be provided to improve worker safety in ongoing efforts to install proper power and ventilation within the shelter. Finally, a variety of photographic, video, and video processing equipment is being provided to assist in establishing baseline conditions and planning information. (Dennis Kreid, PNNL, 509-375-2179)
Central and Eastern Europe
Slovak Partners Review Progress. In mid-February, meetings were held at UJD, the Slovak nuclear regulatory authority in Bratislava; at Bohunice NPP; and at VUJE, the Nuclear Power Plant Research Institute in Trnava. Meeting participants reviewed the accomplishments and future direction of U.S. efforts to improve the safety of Soviet-designed reactors in Slovakia. Participants agreed that significant progress has been made on the effort to upgrade the software and hardware for the VVER-440/213 full-scope simulator at the Trnava Training Center. Possibilities were considered for using the facility after the upgrade in human factors testing is completed. Participants identified the continued development of the RELAP5 analysis capability for plant and regulator staff members as a significant need. U.S. staff at the meeting judged it a success--representatives of the Slovak organizations left with actions to provide detailed infomation for completing their fiscal year 1997 projects and providing a list of potential new starts for fiscal year 1998. (Nick Grossman, DOE, 301-903-3299; Walt Pasedag, DOE, 301-903-3628; Jeff Binder, ANL, 630-252-7265)
Peer Review Completed of Hungarian Assessments. During a program review meeting in Budapest on February 10 and 11, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) representatives provided Hungarian government officials with copies of DOE's final report, Containment Loads and Structural Response for a Large Pipe Break Accident in a VVER-440/213 Nuclear Power Plant. The report documents the peer review conducted by U.S. technical experts from Argonne National Laboratory on Hungarian assessment of containment loadings and containment structural capability stemming from a large pipe break accident in a generic VVER-440/213 reactor. Official transmittal of the report represents the final step in the U.S. effort to improve the accident localization system in Hungary's Soviet-designed reactors. (Nicholas Grossman, DOE, 301-903-3299)
"*" indicates the event is a new item or has been changed from the last report.
February 22-28 --
February 22-March 1 -- Washington, D.C., and Richland, Washington,
February 23-March 1 -- Moscow, Russia.
February 24-26 -- London, England.
February 24-27 -- Moscow, Russia.
February 24-28 -- Energodar, Ukraine.
February 24-28 -- Moscow,
February 24-March 7 -- Zaporizhzhya NPP, Ukraine.
February 24-March 7 -- Kursk NPP, Russia.
28-March 5 -- Slavutych and Kyiv, Ukraine.
March 1-7 -- Vermont
Yankee NPP, Vernon, Vermont, USA.
*March 2-6 -- Kyiv, Ukraine.
March 3-14 --
Smolensk NPP, Russia.
March 3-14 -- Smolensk Training
*March 7-13 -- London,
*March 8-14 -- Sofia and Kozloduy, Bulgaria.
*March 8-14 -- Vienna, Austria.
March 10-March 14 -- Upton, New York, USA.
March 10-21 --
Chornobyl NPP, Ukraine.
15-April 12 -- Aiken, South Carolina, USA.
*March 17-21 -- Armenia Nuclear Power Station, Armenia.
March 17-22 -- Mohovce NPP, Slovakia.
17-28 -- Beloyarsk NPP, Russia.
March 17-28 --
Khmelnytskyy NPP, Ukraine.
*March 23-29 --
7-10 -- Lithuania.
*Date Changed to April 7-18 -- Waterford, Connecticut, USA.
7-18 -- Balakovo NPP, Russia.
14-April 25 -- Leningrad NPP, Russia.
*April 15-May 3 -- Aiken,
South Carolina, USA.
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