for the period February
22 through March 7, 1997
Prepared by Pacific
Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, Washington
RUSSIA Balakovo Trainers Develop
Instructional Materials. representatives from the Balakovo nuclear
power plant (NPP) participated in a two-week workshop at Sonalysts, Inc.
in Connecticut. Their work focused on the development of instructional
materials for the Safety Inspector training curriculum. The Balakovo
trainers received additional instruction in on-the-job-training and how
to develop examination questions for the subject curriculum. As part
of the workshop, participants toured the training centers at Indian
Point 3 and Millstone NPPs and visited the Millstone Fire Fighting
Training Facility. They also received a demonstration of fire fighting
training techniques at a U.S. naval submarine base. (Sonja Haber, BNL,
Simulator Design Specifications Under Review.
U.S. contractor GSE Power Systems, Inc. (the former S3 Technologies) has
completed the preliminary design specifications for the analytical
simulator for Novovoronezh NPP. The U.S. team is now reviewing the
specifications for approval to proceed withsimulator design. (Peter
Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982)
Work Begins on Analytical Simulator for
Bilibino. U.S. team members have drafted the technical
specifications for an analytical simulator to be developed for Bilibino
NPP. A request for proposal to assemble the simulator is scheduled to
be issued in late March. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982)
Project Team Holds Review. At meetings in Moscow during the week of
February 24, the KOLISA project team reviewed the status of the
in-depth safety analysis under way for Kola NPP. Attending the meeting
were U.S. team members and representatives from IBRAE, who are peer
reviewers for the project work. The purpose of the meetings was to
finalize the KOLISA project guidelines for the in-depth safety analysis.
The team members reached agreement on changes remaining to be made in
seven of the nine guidelines. The team also discussed the quality
assurance audit process and preparation of the final plan for peer
review. Other topics included creation of a single task order to cover
all remaining project work, as well as planning for the next project
tasks--the deterministic safety analyses and the Level 1 external events
probabilistic risk assessment forKola Units 1 and 2. (Phil Pizzica, ANL,
Workshop Held on Nuclear Facility Licensing.
U.S. technical staff from the legislative and regulatory project
recently participated in a workshop on licensing of Russian nuclear
facilities, held at Gosatomnadzor's Scientific and Engineering Center
in Moscow. Papers presented at the workshop covered issues related
directly to Russia's transition from a system of operating permits to
one of licensing. During the workshop, U.S. staff obtained a large
number of Russian regulatory documents. (Ed Branagan, DOE,
301-903-6509; George Vargo, PNNL, 509-375-6836)
UKRAINE Updated Proposal for Rivne Simulator Under
Review. When participants in the Rivne simulator project met in
October 1996, the original request for proposal for the Rivne Unit 3
full-scope simulator was modified, requiring a second proposal. GSE
Power Systems, Inc. recently provided the U.S. team with an updated
proposal, which is being reviewed in preparation for contract
negotiation. (Peter Kohut, BNL, 516-344-4982)
Planned for Zaporizhzhya Unit 5. During the week of February 24,
representatives of the U.S. team and contractors Scientech, Inc. and
TAI, Inc. (a Ukrainian subsidiary of Scientech) met with staff of
Zaporizhzhya NPP in Energodar, Ukraine. The meeting signaled the start
of the in- depth safety analysis project for Zaporizhzhya Unit 5, the
lead unit for most VVER-1000 reactors in Ukraine. Agreement was reached
on the scope, schedule, and approximate labor content for the project
planning and guideline development tasks. Tentative agreement also was
reached on the schedule for the overall project and on the scope through
the Level 1 internal events probabilistic risk assessment.
Zaporizhzhya plant will manage the overall project and be a major
contributor to the technical activities. Selection of other technical
subcontractors is in progress. (Christian Kot, ANL, 630-252-6151)
CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE Bulgaria: Kozloduy
NPP Develops Additional Training Programs. Training staff from
Kozloduy NPP worked with representatives of General Physics Corporation
and Sonalysts, Inc. to continue development work on the Control Room
Reactor Operator and Mechanical Maintenance training courses. The
working session began on February 17 and was completed on February 28.
(Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
ACTIVITIES Russian Reliability Database to Be Developed.
During the week of February 24, U.S. technical experts including a staff
member from Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC) met
at VNIIAES headquarters with representatives of VNIIAES and
Rosenergoatom to begin work on developing a reliability database for
Russian- designed reactors. The reliability database will contain
performance reliability information on safety- related components of
mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation systems in Russian-designed
reactors. Once the database is constructed, the information will be
available to operators of Russian- designed nuclear power plants via a
communication network to be developed as part of this effort.
reliability database will facilitate
determining reliability values for safety-related systems and equipment
- performing probabilistic risk analysis and technical basis
calculations for risk evaluations
- analyzing the root causes for
- optimizing strategies for outage servicing and
The U.S. team reviewed databases already
maintained at VNIIAES. The review revealed a wealth of information that
can be incorporated into the reliability database. The meeting
concluded with the signing of a detailed memorandum of understanding
for use of the VNIIAES data. That memorandum also outlined the first
four tasks to be undertaken by the project team.
The next major step
in developing the reliability database will be to present the draft of
the standardized data structure and collection guide to the operators
of Russian-designed nuclear power plants (VVER and RBMK) from eastern
Europe, Russia, and Ukraine--and obtain their input and concurrence.
That activity is scheduled for a joint meeting with the U.S. team,
planned for April in the Slovak Republic. (Tom Vehec, PNNL, 509-372-4072)
Fire Protection Upgrades Discussed at International
Conference. In late February, the Second International Conference
on Fire Protection and Prevention in Nuclear Facilities, Fire & Safety
'97, was held in London, England. In a workshop session,
representatives of some of the U.S. team members and contractors
involved in producing the Reactor Core Protection Evaluation
Methodology for Fires at Soviet-Designed Nuclear Power Plants
discussed how the methodology was developed. Representatives of VNIIAES
and Derzhkomatom discussed plans for pilot implementations of the
methodology at Smolensk (Russia) and Zaporizhzhya (Ukraine) NPPs. A
U.S. fire safety expert also gave a presentation reporting on the
progress of U.S.- funded fire safety upgrade efforts at Soviet-designed
nuclear power plants. (Rich Denning, PNNL, 614-424-7412)
- "*" indicates
the event is a new item or has been changed from the last report.
- "TBD" means the event date or location is to be determined.
- 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.
March 7-13 --
U.S. experts will participate in a steering
committee meeting for the Leningrad NPP Unit 2 probabilistic and
deterministic safety assessment. Participants will include
representatives from Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Russia, the United
Kingdom, and the United States. The meeting agenda includes 1) a
comprehensive review of project status, 2) discussion of work scope
options, 3) presentation of the external review plan including potential
participants and their level of effort, and 4) resolution of management
issues. Working level meetings are planned prior to and following the
March 11 steering committee meeting, toassist with problem identification
and resolution. (Walt Pasedag, DOE, 301-903-3628)
March 8-14 --
Sofia and Kozloduy, Bulgaria.
A technical lead from the U.S. team
and a representative of GSE Power Systems, Inc. will meet with the
director and training staff of Kozloduy NPP to discuss technical
aspects of the simulator upgrade project. The goal of the meeting is to
finalize the technical specifications and sign a memorandum of
understanding for the effort. (John Yoder, DOE, 301-903-5650)
8-14 -- Vienna, Austria.
A U.S. technical lead will participate in an
advisory group meeting at International Atomic Energy Agency
headquarters. The meeting topic is "Experiences in the Use of the
Systematic Approach to Training (SAT) for NPP Personnel Training." In
addition, NPP training staff from Russia, Ukraine, and Bulgaria will
attend and contribute their lessons learned in the use of SAT as a
direct result of participating in the U.S. training activities. (John
Yoder, DOE, 301-903-5650; Dan Giessing, DOE, 301-903-2852) (Workshop
No 97-041; Travel Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL, 509-375- 6554)
Date and Location Changed to March 10-21 -- Khmelnytskyy NPP,
U.S. specialists will train technical and engineering staff
from Ukrainian NPPs on the use of manual ultrasonic equipment. The
seminar also will cover modern ultrasonic techniques for determining the
through-wall extent of defects. (Tom Taylor, PNNL, 509-375-4331)
(Workshop No. 97-033; Travel Coordinator Melinda Stone, PNNL,
*March 10-21 -- San Diego, California, USA.
Representatives from Ignalina NPP will attend a technical assistance
workshop on quality assurance auditing techniques for the design and
manufacture of electronic equipment. (Ron Wright, PNNL, 509- 372-4076)
(Workshop No. 97-038; Travel Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL,
March 10-21 -- Chornobyl NPP, Ukraine.
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 10-26 -- Darmstadt, Germany.
members of the International Shelter Project team will meet to develop
estimates sufficient to support G-7 pledges of assistance to Ukraine and
to begin work to implement recommendations from the European Commission
Shelter Study. (Dan Giessing, DOE, 301- 903-2852)
*March 14-21 --
Technical staff from the U.S. team will meet with
IBRAE representatives to finalize the scope and manpower estimates for
new efforts in the legislative and regulatory area. Additional
discussions are planned with ENTEK staff regarding the deterministic
safety assessment for Leningrad NPP. The U.S. staff will meet with
Kursk NPP personnel to discuss that plant's participation in the
Leningrad NPP assessment. The team also will meet with Rosenergoatom
representatives to discuss participation and coordination activities.
(Walt Pasedag, DOE, 301-903-3628)
March 15-April 12 -- Aiken, South
Twelve representatives of Russian research reactors and
two Bilibino NPP staff 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)
*March 17-18 --
A U.S. team member will provide technical support
at a meeting of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and
the U.S. Department of State. (Walt Pasedag, DOE, 301-903-3628; Jeff
Binder, ANL, 630-252-7265)
*March 17-21 -- Pennsylvania, USA.
representative of the U.S. team will participate in an IAEA-sponsored
event, "Consultants' Meeting on the Training and Development of
Management Personnel for Nuclear Power Plants." (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-
March 17-21 -- Armenia Nuclear Power Station, Armenia.
U.S. team members will meet with representatives of Armenia nuclear
power station to take the next steps on the fire safety upgrades under
way. They also will begin work on two new projects (an alternative
decay heat removal system and an auxiliary feedwater system) and hold
preliminary discussions of potential new projects. (Dennis Meyers, DOE,
March 17-22 -- Mohovce NPP, Slovakia.
agency 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. technical staff
also will attend. (Larry Sherfey, PNNL, 509-372-4080) (Workshop No.
97-037; Travel Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL, 509-375-6554)
17-28 -- Beloyarsk NPP, Russia.
Sonalysts, Inc. staff will work with
Beloyarsk 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) (Workshop No. 97-045;
Travel Coordinator Gail Flora, PNNL, 509-375-6554)
March 23-29 --
U.S. team members will participate in discussions
with representatives of Khmelnytskyy NPP and GSE Power Systems, Inc.
Talks will cover project developments, participating in and inspecting
simulator model testing, status of the training center, and review of
plant staff participation in the Khmelnytskyy full-scope simulator
project. (Dan Giessing, DOE, 301-903-2852)
* Date Changed to
March 24-April 4 -- Khmelnytskyy NPP, Ukraine.
Corporation will work with staff of Khmelnytskyy NPP on the Control Room
Operator training course. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
dates TBD -- Khmelnytskyy NPP, Ukraine.
A U.S. technical
expert and a representative of SAIC will meet with Khmelnytskyy
personnel regarding support for that plant's safety analysis work. The
start of data collection activities is expected to be discussed. (Jeff
Binder, ANL, 630-252-7265).
* Date Changed to April 4-14 --
Upton, New York, USA.
U.S. specialists will present a one-week
workshop at Brookhaven National Laboratory on verification and
validation procedures for nuclear power plant simulators. Staff from
Khmelnytskyy and South Ukraine NPPs and from the Engineering Technical
Center in Kyiv have been invited to attend. (Peter Kohut,
BNL,516-344-4982) (Workshop No. 97-046; Travel Coordinator Melinda
Stone, PNNL, 509-375-4391)
April 7-10 -- Visaginas, Kaunas, and
Meetings will be held at the Swedish
International Project office, Ignalina NPP, the Lithuania Energy
Institute, the regulatory agency, and the Ministry of Energy.
Representatives of the U.S. team will work to coordinate projects with
those sponsored by Sweden and other countries, to review current
projects, and to plan new projects. (Dennis Meyers, DOE, 301-903-1418)
April 7-18 -- Waterford, Connecticut, USA.
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)
April 7-18 --
Balakovo NPP, Russia.
Personnel from Sonalysts, Inc. will assist
Balakovo NPP staff in implementing the Safety Inspector training
course. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
April 14-25 -- Leningrad
Sonalysts representatives and Balakovo NPP training
staff will work with Leningrad plant staff to continue development of
the training course for unit shift supervisors. (Sonja Haber, BNL,
April 15-May 3 -- Aiken, South Carolina, USA.
Chornobyl NPP staff will travel to General Physics Corporation
headquarters to continue developing the Control Room Reactor Operator
training course. (Sonja Haber, BNL, 516-344-3575)
*April 21-25 --
The International Atomic Energy Agency and the
U.S. Department of Energy will hold their second joint workshop on
probabilistic risk assessments for Soviet-designed reactors. The
workshop will focus on issues related to reliability data and serve as
the starting point for a project to develop a robust collection of
generic data on probabilistic risk assessments of Soviet- designed
reactors. (Jeff Binder, ANL, 630-252-7265)