20.03.2019  The Kursk NPP Information and Public Relations Department

Kursk NPP: the emergency response drill has been completed in full

On March 19, 2019, a planned emergency response drill was held at the Kursk NPP in accordance with the schedule for the current year.

During the drill, the readiness and improvement of the practical skills of the personnel of the Kursk NPP in the implementation of measures for emergency management was examined. In addition, the interaction of participants in emergency response has been worked out.

During the drill, mobile equipment acquired in the framework of the special programme of Rosenergoatom for improvement of emergency tolerance of the NPP was deployed. These are mobile diesel generators and pumping stations.

NPPER (Nuclear Power Plant Emergency Response Team) expert groups, Crisis Management Center of Rosatom, as well as representatives of All-Russian Scientific Research Institute for Nuclear Power Plant Operation, Scientific Production Association “Taifun”, Nuclear Safety Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Kurchatov Institute, the Dollezhal Institute, Rostechnadzor and other organizations provided expert and advisory support to the Kursk NPP at the request of the station.

“The emergency response drill has been completed in full, - Acting Director of the Kursk NPP Alexander Uvakin noted. – Each drill like that allows us to develop the necessary skills and to be ready for the most unlikely events”.

During the drill, the power units of the Kursk NPP were operating in a normal mode. No actions at the units associated with the drill were envisaged and were not carried out.

Conducting emergency response drills is an integral part of ensuring the safe operation of any nuclear power plant. Drills of this kind are held at nuclear power stations of the Russian Federation annually. Their goal is to develop measures to protect nuclear power plant personnel and population.

Kursk NPP is a part of Rosenergoatom JSC and is included in the Rosatom Electric Power Division. The Plant is located 40 km south-west from Kursk, on the left bank of the Seim River. The NPP operates four power units with channel RBMK-1000 reactors with a total capacity of 4 million kW. The Plant’s power units were connected to the country's unified power system in 1976, 1979, 1983 and 1985 respectively. In 1994-2009, all existing power units underwent a deep technical modernization. Kursk NPP is the largest source of electric energy in the Central Russian Chernozemie Region. Currently, power units No 1 and No 2 of Kursk NPP-2 replacement plant with a new type of VVER-TOI reactor ((water-water standard optimized information power reactor) are under construction.

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