The safety standards and the Rosenergoatom digital transformation program have been discussed at the Kalinin NPP

The facilitation of the NPP safety and the implementation of the digital transformation for the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company were the primary topics of the meeting held at the Kalinin NPP on February 22. The event took place as a part of the Company’s annual 2018 report preparation and involved all parties interested in those top priority subjects.

The representatives of the Rosatom State Corporation, the National Duma of the Russian Federation, the Moscow Office of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the National Research Center ‘Kurchatov Institute’, multiple consulting and expert communities, non-governmental and environment protection organizations, local authorities and others took part in the meeting. There was an online streaming session of the meeting at all nuclear power plants of the Company.

Oleg Shalnov, the Director of IT project management and integration at the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company, has shared his experience of working on a digital transformation program and IT development at nuclear power facilities: ‘The modern management of an NPP has to be digitized and fully taking advantage of the IT solutions. In 2019-2020, we will establish a common digital template for NPP operation, which would include resources, staff, maintenance and repairs management, analytical capabilities, risk management, and a knowledge base. On top of the template implementation and upscale, the Joint-Stock Company starts doing pilot projects on the implementation of some new Industry 4.0 technology platforms. These pilot engagements at the reference volume will demonstrate how effective those technologies are and help us ensure that the NPP safe operation is not affected’. As a part of the digital transformation program, the Joint-Stock Company also works on the ‘Digital energy production’ program, a set of new digital products and services, e.g., a cloud-based data center. Besides, the company does a lot in the realm of information security system development’.

‘Being one of the largest operating organizations in the world, Rosenergoatom caters for cost-efficient production of electric and heat power. In 2018, we broke another record in terms of electric power output with 204.3 billion kilowatt-hours, which was around 19% of the country’s overall power balance. This is the most impressive achievement by the Company throughout its whole history’, Vladimir Klebtsevich, the deputy director of the Company’s NPP production and operation. He also mentioned that facilitation of the environmental and radiation safety at all stages of the NPP life cycle is a top priority of the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company. The international evaluations of the company operations are an important element of verifying the NPP safety. For example, in 2018, the corporate mission of OSART examined 9 major directions of the Company’s operations to check their compliance with the international IAEA standards. The verification results were positive.

As a part of the meeting, the guests paid a visit to the Kalinin NPP power blocks and to the most powerful and protected Rosenergoatom data center – the ‘Kalininskiy’ Data Center, which is also the main infrastructure facility implemented as a part of the Company’s ‘The power of digital future’ program.

The meeting participants noted how important it is to publicly discuss the operations of the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company. This event was a great example of how this practice works.

Victor Zubarev, a representative of the National Duma of the Russian Federation, a member of the power committee, shared his impressions: ‘I advocate the advancement of nuclear power in Russia. This is the most prospective, clean and environmentally

friendly branch of the industry. Today we got a chance to witness that the Kalinin NPP works like a dream – it’s all clean, neat, safe, friendly for the whole team. I believe those practices and criteria should also be adapted by the heat power station and other power facilities of our country. The nuclear power industry is one of the most advanced one in Russia, and any NPP in our country, including but not limited to the Kalinin NPP, has applied top-notch safety standards. Those standards actually exceed the ones used in the whole world’.

The ’Kalininskiy’ Data Center is being constructed at the Kalinin NPP premises and is the first one in a series of the ‘Mendeleev’ data centers powered by the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company. The proximity to the Kalinin NPP is a pre-requisite to the data center being served by a standalone, trouble-free and potent power supply resource. The commercial clients can take advantage of both deploying their IT infrastructure and cloud services as well as guaranteed top-notch information protection and physical security of data access. The delivered power of the first sections of the ‘Kalininskiy’ Data Center is 48 megawatt, with a plan to launch a second set of data center capabilities and to grow its total capacity up to 80 megawatts. As a result, the ‘Kalininskiy’ Data Center will become the largest one in Russia with its machinery halls catering for up to 8 thousand equipment racks. 

The Kalininskaya nuclear power plant is a branch of the Rosenergoatom. The station is located in the north of the Tver region in the Udomelskiy area. There are four power units with water-cooled power reactors (VVER-1000) with installed capacity of 1000 MW each in the structure of the Kalininskaya nuclear power station.

The up-to-date information on the nuclear environment close to the Russian NOOs and other nuclear objects is available at www.russianatom.ru

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