12.02.2024  The Kalinin NPP Communications Department

Representatives of Russian and foreign nuclear power plants exchanged experience in the field of operational decision-making at the Kalinin NPP site as part of a WANO seminar

Experts from the Moscow Center of the World Association of Nuclear Power Plant Operators (WANO-MC) conducted a seminar on the topic “Making Operational Decisions” at the Kalinin NPP (a branch of Rosenergoatom JSC).

More than 30 employees of nuclear energy enterprises completed the training course - these are representatives of the central office of Rosenergoatom, five nuclear power plants in Russia, as well as employees of a floating nuclear power plant and the Belarusian NPP.

“Making the right decisions during operation allows personnel to perform the tasks facing the nuclear power plant and provide reliable operation of power units. And, of course, it is useful to get acquainted with the approaches and methodology for making operational decisions developed by WANO and adopt developments in this direction,” said Kalinin NPP First Deputy Chief Engineer for Operations Dmitry Sushkevich.

During three days, under the guidance of experienced experts, the seminar participants studied and practiced the methodology, tools and principles of forming a high-quality effective process for making operational decisions, and also got acquainted with examples of decisions made at different times at nuclear power plants around the world in various situations. The training material is based on many years of international experience in operating nuclear power plants. The acquired knowledge was then practiced during training sessions.

As Sergei Loktionov, head of the WANO Industry Training and Development program, explained, the organization of the operational decision-making process differs in different countries: “The methodology presented at the seminar was used in the WANO Atlanta and Paris centers. It has many useful elements, and its use will contribute to achieving the main goal of nuclear scientists around the world – ensuring the safety and reliable operation of nuclear power plants.”

The seminar also presented the methodology for risk-based operational decision making used by the Kola Nuclear Power Plant.

Sergei Loktionov expressed confidence that close cooperation with the Kalinin NPP will continue. The WANO Moscow Center has many important training courses and seminars in its arsenal, which are based on the best practices of different nuclear power plants around the world.

At the end, the event participants received certificates of successful completion of the training.

Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant has traditionally been an active participant in international cooperation programs, maintaining a high level of interaction with such international organizations as the IAEA, WANO, etc.

In 2023 alone, as part of cooperation with WANO, five events were held at Kalinin NPP, including three training seminars, one assist mission and benchmarking with the participation of 102 nuclear plant employees. In addition, 47 managers and specialists from Kalinin NPP took part in 23 events of the WANO Moscow Center at other sites, including abroad.

In 2024, five events are planned at the nuclear plant, including seminars, a training support mission, a visit by functional experts as part of the WANO Enhanced Monitoring project combined with a follow-up peer review, as well as a visit as part of a corporate peer review and benchmarking.

Russia continues its foreign policy and economic international cooperation, strengthening and developing ties with interested countries that are ready for a constructive and productive dialogue. Despite external restrictions, large international projects in the energy sector are being implemented. Rosatom and its enterprises take an active part in this work.

Kalinin NPP is a branch of Rosenergoatom JSC. The station is located in the north of the Tver region in the Udomelsky urban district. The Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant consists of four power units with pressurized water power reactors (PWR-1000) with an installed capacity of 1000 MW each.

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