22.04.2011  Directorate for Information and Public Relations of Rosenergoatom Concern OJSC

Rosenergoatom: A Corporate Peer Review WANO has been implemented

A Corporate Peer Review of World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) has been implemented at Rosenergoatom Concern OJSC. It was held on April 9-22, 2011.

During this period four expert groups, comprised of WANO, Rosenergoatom Concern OJSC, EDF and IAEA representatives, personally visited 7 out of ten nuclear power plants in order to use some international experience and improve the activity of Rosenergoatom Concern OJSC and its branches. In addition they held meetings and interviews with the authorities of Rosatom State Corporation and the Concern.

At the same time, an interview with representatives of the most distant-located plant – Bilibino NPP – was held in the form of a videoconference. During the preparatory stage, in autumn 2010, experts visited two nuclear power plants – Kalinin and Smolensk.

The activity of nuclear power plants and the Concern Central Office was inspected in five directions: corporate administration and management, corporate supervision and control and corporate engineering and technical support, human resources and communications.

According to Head of the expert team, Acting Senior Vice-President of EDF Production Department Jacques Regaldo, the inspection involved a lot of interviews with personnel of different levels. “During the inspection we’ve found a lot of strong points that would be useful not only for Russian nuclear power plants, but also for plants all around the world. We have also discussed several areas for possible improvements. In my opinion, Rosenergoatom is an organization that is constantly working for nuclear safety improvement,” Jacques Regaldo stressed.

The result of the Corporate Peer Review will be a final report, specifying aspects of Concern activities to be improved as well as best practices that may be offered other world operators of nuclear power plants. The official presentation of the report is scheduled for June 2011.

WANO is a noncommercial organization which is not a supervisory authority. WANO was established in 1989 by operating organizations in order to exchange operating experience. At present, all organizations, which operate NPPs, are members of WANO, which acts independently of state and regulatory authorities and works exceptionally for and on behalf of its members – nuclear power plants.

Rosenergoatom Concern is one of the most active operating organizations of WANO structure. WANO consists of four regional centers located in Moscow, Atlanta, Paris, and Tokyo. The coordination centre is located in London. Governing bodies are Councils of governing regional centers and WANO respectively. The Moscow centre consists of 37 organizations from Armenia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Iran, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Ukraine, Finland, the Czech Republic, India and China.

Peer reviews are one of the long-term programs of WANO. They are voluntary, i.e. they are always held on the initiative of the receiving party. Upon completion of a review a confidential report is drawn up specifying the strengths of the nuclear power plant operation and the aspects of industrial activity to be improved. The report is handed over only to the inspected plant and operating organization to which plant belongs.

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