11.06.2019  The Kursk NPP Information and Public Relations Department

The WANO support mission dedicated to ‘Equipment monitoring and performance review’ has been completed at the Kursk NPP

The support mission of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) dedicated to ‘Equipment monitoring and performance review’ has been completed at the Kursk NPP.

Apart from the representatives of the WANO Moscow office, specialists from the Rivne NPP (Ukraine), the Rostov NPP (Russia) and OOO Indasoft (Russia) joined the mission.

The Kursk NPP was represented by 10+ managers and specialists from the company’s engineering support departments.

‘Equipment monitoring and performance review is an integral part of the first and the second levels of defense-in-depth, which is a cornerstone of an NPP safety’, Yuriy Slivchenko, the deputy chief engineer at the engineering support and modernization of the Kursk NPP, said with regard to the importance of the WANO mission. ‘We have expected and received a number of recommendations on how to improve our activities in terms of the engineering support, a few best practices, validation of the decisions that were made and implemented at the Kursk NPP in order to foster the way our engineering staff analyzes the actual performance of the equipment’.

The mission participants have visited the facilities of the third power block, carried out a number of observations and interviewed the staff, as well as monitored the control and protection system’s cooling circuit pumping assembly.

They have also observed the work and spoke to the staff of the PS 330/ 10 substation catering for power supply to the Kursk-2 replacement NPP construction site.

According to Ivan Goncharov (WANO, Ukraine), the mission’s team leader, this format was extremely efficient and can be recommended to other NPPs.

‘We intend to implement the support mission’s recommendation as soon as possible’, Alexander Semchenko, the deputy chief engineer of the engineering support services and quality at the Kursk NPP, said.

A draft report summarizing the mission outcomes was prepared and submitted to the Kursk NPP management team.

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WANO – the World Association of Nuclear Operators – is a nonprofit organization uniting all NPP operators of the world, which is over 120 companies in the industry from over 30 countries. The WANO membership is facilitated by one of multiple local offices based in Atlanta, Moscow, Paris, and Tokyo. Their activities are coordinated by the WANO office in London. The main goal of the WANO is to unite and support the operating companies. The Association fosters proactive exchange of best practices in NPP operation that help to achieve top-notch safety and reliability levels when running commercial reactors all around the globe. Under the auspices of the WANO, all operating companies can communicate between each other and exchange information in the spirit of cooperation and transparency, which helps every company learn from their counterparts’ experience, problems and best practices.

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