08.02.2018  The Balakovo NPP Information and Public Relations Administration.

At Balakovo NPP the experts proved the compliance of environmental management system to the high international level

On 7 February, 2018 at Balakovo NPP the inspection review of the environmental management of the power plant was completed, proving its compliance to both Russian and international standards one more time.

The independent expert team included: auditor of BSI international certification system, the head of ISO14001-2015 review Rainer Feld (Germany); DQS auditor, the head of GOST R ISO 14001-2016 review, ISO14001-2015 co-auditor Marina Ivanova and observer from VNIIAES JSC Marina Demyanenko.

During the review the experts studied the SAM shops’ and subdivisions’ documentation, visited production sites of the nuclear power plant, carried out the interviews of the personnel of the enterprise. The specialists of environmental department of Balakovo NPP introduced the auditors with the activity of the plant in the area of environmental safety.

“During my first visit to Balakovo NPP I was amazed with the high level of environmental safety, and the focus of enterprise and employees at environment control”, the head of the review team Rainer Feld stressed. “It’s my 15th visit to Balakovo NPP, and each time I get convinced that the plant’s activity in this direction continuously improve the high standard of environmental friendliness.”

It is to be recalled that such reviews at the nuclear power plants are held every three years and are the tool that allows to investigate the problems of the environment control, decrease the environmental risks, increase the level of environmental safety effectively and dynamically.

Environment control is the area of primary focus of all nuclear specialists. Unconditional ecological acceptability of Balakovo NPP is put in its design itself. Its environmental friendliness is proved by multi-year researches.

According to the results of the Year of Ecology, Balakovo NPP is one of the top three in the contest of “Environmentally friendly enterprise in nuclear power industry” and became the winner of all-Russia contest “Leader of environmental activity in Russia” for the tenth time. And following the results of the review Balakovo NPP complies to the new version of the international standard ISO 14001:20151400 of 2015. This is the confirmation that the enterprise is environmentally safe and complies to the high international level. Moreover, in 2017 Balakovo NPP became the first among Rosenergoatom Concern enterprises to prove the compliance to new international standards ISO14001-2015. 

The Balakovo NPP is an affiliate for the Rosenergoatom Concern OJSC. The plant is located on the left bank of the Saratov water reservoir, 10 kilometers to the north-east from the city of Balakovo, the Saratov Region. The NPP has four power block with modern VVER-1000 reactors (B-320 modification) boasting an electric capacity of 100 megawatts each. The first power block was launched operational in 1985, with the second, the third, and the fourth one being started in 1987, 1988, and 1993 respectively. The Balakovo NPP is one of the biggest and most contemporary power companies in Russia accounting for 25% of the electric power output in the Volga federal district, which caters to the population of the Volga region, the Central region, the Ural, and the Siberia. 

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