The WANO experts have evaluated the work of the operating staff at the Novovoronezh NPP

November 30, 2019, was the last day of a working visit of the WANO representatives to the pre-launch 2nd power block of the Novovoronezh NPP-2 (7th power block of the Novovoronezh NPP).

The international expert delegation has visited the major facilities of the 1st and the 2nd power blocks of the Novovoronezh NPP-2. The team was made of six people: the counsellors of the Moscow WANO Office (WANO MO) as well as the team leads and the program managers of the pre-launch partnership verification program for the 7th power block.

The goal of the WANO delegation is to oversee the work of the operators at a full-scale simulator. The experts have analyzed how the change of the main control room works in three different scenarios that were replicated in a close-to-life simulator.

Using the data obtained, the WANO representatives have elaborated some practical recommendations and drew up a report that they eventually submitted to the management of the Novovoronezh NPP.

The visit was summed up with a closing meeting. Alexander Rybchuk, the head of the pre-launch partnership verification program for the 7th power block, wished the Novovoronezh NPP’s team lots of success when launching the new power block.

At the end of the meeting, Alexander Rybchuk handed over the certificate confirming the completion of the pre-launch partnership verification program for the 7th power block to Sergey Vitkovskiy, the acting chief engineer of the Novovoronezh NPP. 

*WANO is a world association of nuclear operators, that is, organizations that operate NPPs. To date, all operators around the world are members of the WANO; in total, this includes about 450 power units. Support Missions and Peer Reviews are the forms of the WANO experts’ cooperation with nuclear power plants. 

Novovoronezh NPP is a branch of Rosenergoatom JSC (a part of the largest Division of Rosatom State Corporation – Electric Power Division). The Plant is situated on the River Don bank 42 km South of Voronezh. This is the first NPP of Russia with VVER type reactors (Water-Water Power Reactors of containment type with water under pressure). Three reactors of the Plant are the main ones – the prototypes of the serial power reactors. The first power unit was commissioned in 1964, the second one - in 1969, the third one – in 1971, the fourth one – in 1972, and the fifth one – in 1980.

The power units No 1 and No 2 were shut down in 1984 and 1990, respectively. The power unit No 3 was shut down in 2016 for the decommissioning events. The power unit No 4 was shut down for modernization works. The power unit No 1 of Novovoronezh NPP-2 was commissioned on 27 February, 2017. The power unit No 2 is in the stage of commissioning works.

The latest information about radiation situation near Russian NPPS and other nuclear power facilities can be seen at www.russianatom.ru

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