On May 15, 1989, the founding conference of WANO was held in Moscow, which officially announced the creation of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO).
The main idea of the organization was to unite the efforts of operators (NPPs) to improve the safety and reliability of operating nuclear power plants around the world. Today, WANO is unique in that it is a truly international organization for which there are no political barriers or interests.
Members of the Association cooperate in the framework of the programs of regional centers located in Moscow (Moscow Center), Paris (Paris Center), Atlanta (Atlanta Center) and Tokyo (Tokyo Center). The coordination center is located in London.
The Moscow Center unites nuclear power plants and operating organizations of Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, India, Iran, China, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, Finland and the Czech Republic.
WANO accomplishes its mission through the voluntary exchange of information on plant events, comparison of results achieved, peer reviews and exchange of operating experience. At the same time, the independence of the members, the voluntariness of their participation in the programs of the Association, equal partnership, mutual assistance and, most importantly, non-disclosure of transmitted information remain unshakable fundamental principles.
The past years have proved the fruitfulness of the idea of creating the Association and confirmed the correctness of the goals set for it. The implementation of WANO programs, a wide exchange of specialists from nuclear power plants made it possible in an informal setting to solve actual tasks to improve the safety level of nuclear power plants around the world.
The World Governing Board provides overall management and determines strategy for WANO. It consists of an elected chairman and two representatives from each regional Governing Board. The directors of the centers are also present at the meetings of the Governing Board.
Membership in WANO is carried out through one or several Regional Centers located in Atlanta, Moscow, Paris and Tokyo.
The WANO London Office coordinates the work of the centers. The Regional Centers implement the decisions of the Governing Board and implement the WANO programs. Most of the work of the Regional Centers involves the collection, systematization and analysis of WANO information on international operating experience, distribution of this information to members, as well as constant consideration of the needs of members in the further development of the Association's programs.
Each Regional Center is headed by a director and staffed with highly qualified personnel seconded from member organizations. Rotational specialists working at WANO centers have knowledge of the specific technologies and operating culture adopted in their country. Upon completion, they bring to their organizations the experience gained for the time of their work at WANO and the understanding of operating practices at other nuclear power plants around the world.
Senior managers meet every two years at the WANO General Assembly to review WANO performance and set goals and objectives for the future. The General Assembly elects the WANO President for a two-year term. The WANO Chairman is elected for a two-year term with possible renewal.
- Guidelines and good practices
- Support missions
- Support for new units
- Plants requiring increased attention
Support Missions help WANO members find solutions to problems they have that they cannot resolve on their own, or find ways to effectively improve a process in a proven way. The Support Mission helps to strengthen relations between WANO members aimed at providing practical targeted mutual assistance and support.
2. PEER REVIEWS
The aim of the program is to provide members with an opportunity to compare the operation of their plants with the best world practice through an in-depth and objective analysis of the operation by an independent group of experts from other organizations. The peer review, carried out at the request of the plant, is carried out by an international team of experts from other members. The team reviews the plant performance in key areas in accordance with the specific tasks and criteria of the plant. WANO peer reviews enable WANO members to learn and share the world's best achievements in safety and reliability of nuclear power plants and therefore improve the performance of their plants.
3. PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS
- Performance indicators
The NPP Performance Indicators program is designed to exchange information on the operating experience of nuclear power plants by collecting and disseminating data on NPP performance and identifying trends in nine key indicators. These quantitative indicators represent a partial, but very important and useful assessment of the quality of NPP management as a whole.
This program is one of the most important in the field of increasing the reliability and safety of nuclear power plants. The program is constantly being improved on two sides - both on the part of WANO organizational structures and on the part of the NPPs themselves.
- Operating experience
This program allows members to benefit from operating experience of other plants. In particular, the program informs members of events that have occurred at other plants and allows them to take appropriate measures to prevent the recurrence of similar events at their plants. As part of the program, members provide data on events occurring at their plants. The openness and reliability of event reporting is of great benefit to other operators around the world. This program is sometimes referred to as event report exchange.
4. INDUSTRIAL TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
- Meeting of experts
- Training courses
The purpose of the Industry-Specific Training and Development Program is to help WANO-MC members to improve operational performance indicators, reduce the number of violations related to training of personnel of nuclear power plants/ operating organizations (including Leadership issues) through seminars, workshops, training courses, meetings.
5. Corporate communications
6. On-site representatives
7. Information security
8. Regional Crisis Center
9. "Young Generation" Project
In 2015, the WANO Representative Institute was established at the WANO General Assembly in Toronto.
At Zaporizhzhia NPP the institute is represented by:
- Vladimir Konstantinovich Bronnikov
- Viktor Fedorovich Livinskiy
Details of the Representative Office: