The experts of the Moscow WANO office highlight the state-of-the-art operation and development standards of the Kola NPP

During the exchange visit, the Moscow Office of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO-MO) team and the Kola NPP specialists have discussed the results of their current activities and the prospects for further collaboration.

When speaking about the goals of the visit, Anatoliy Kirichenko, the first deputy director of the WANO-MO, stressed: ‘The Kola NPP is the station we turn to for experience: how to operate, how to implement something new, how to extend the life span, how to perform upgrades. The Kola NPP boasts a number of success stories evidencing that we can pursue this goal and achieve it by sharing and exchanging the best practices. The WANO is an organization that spurs cooperation between nuclear power plants across the world, and your company demonstrates transparency, friendliness, integrity, and responsibility, which encompasses our nuclear safety culture’.

‘We have been holding exchange visits for five years’, said Mr. Kirichenko. ‘Based on the recent evaluations, the Kola NPP has been named the top-priority and perfect operation company. The NPP has been showing unbeatable achievements throughout its 46 years of activity. From its very onset, the culture, the attitude, the level of understanding and the results of the staff operations have complied with the international nuclear power standards’.

In November 2020, the corporate partnership verification of the WANO will take place at the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company. The Kola NPP has been chosen as one of the sites for the preliminary expert visit. During the trip to the Kola NPP in April 2020, the WANO team will review the areas of corporate leadership, management, oversight and monitoring, independent supervision, support and effectiveness, human resources and communication.

Kola NPP is a branch of Rosenergoatom JSC (a part of Rosatom’s largest division – the Electric Power Division). The Plant is situated 200 km South of Murmansk at the shore of Lake Imandra. It generates about 60% of Murmansk Oblast electric power. It has 4 power units with VVER reactors with capacity of 440 MW each. Kola NPP is the supplier of electric power for Murmansk Oblast and Karelia.

The latest update on the radiation situation near Russian NPPs and other facilities of the nuclear power industry can be seen at www.russianatom.ru

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