Zaporizhzhia NPP is very serious about the OSART Mission, which will be held at the plant next year. There are several months before the scheduled inspection. In the process of implementation of all planned activities within the scope of the IAEA inspection, Zaporizhzhia NPP is approximately in the middle of the way. A lot of things have been already done. But there is still a sufficient scope of work to be done. The plans outlined earlier are being improved, and new tasks are being formed.
The preparation for the OSART mission is personally supervised by Alexander Ostapovets, Zaporizhzhia NPP General Manager. The plant manager is interested in the results of preparation for the mission; he participates in meetings, constantly emphasizing the importance of the future event, because Zaporizhzhia NPP should demonstrate a high level of operational safety to the world.
The OSART mission will be conducted in 12 areas. Each area deals with the production sector of the plant preparation for the IAEA inspection, which report to the plant Chief Engineer Dmitry Sabadin. The working group composition, depending on its specific characteristics and goals, is from ten to forty specialists. The largest group is in the area of Maintenance, as it covers representatives of various departments and services related to maintenance campaigns. Most of the groups are managed by General Manager Deputies and Chief Engineer Deputies.
“A number of self-assessments have been conducted for preparation in different areas. As for the new things coming soon, Zaporizhzhia NPP will be able to be connected to the IAEA database under the name OSMIR, which contains information on both positive practices and observations - on the results of similar missions all over the world. In addition, new IAEA documents have been issued regarding the OSART mission, and they will be sent to the heads of areas in the nearest future,” Albert Ryabukha, Deputy Head of OSART Mission Preparation and Conduct, said.
Founded more than 30 years ago, the OSART program has helped many countries to improve the operational safety of their nuclear power plants over the past decades and has promoted transparency in regulatory and operating organizations.