At Zaporizhzhia NPP, the WANO Moscow Center Technical Support Mission on “Field walkdown by managers and observations” started, involving experts from Ukraine, the USA, Slovakia and China. The WANO mission was invited to ZNPP at the invitation of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.
In his welcoming speech, Petro Kotin, General Manager of ZNPP, emphasized that for our plant it was very important to support the WANO in terms of using external operating experience.
“We are trying to use all possible sources to find out and apply the best international practices in the nuclear power industry. And the technical support mission, your experience is an invaluable opportunity for us to improve our work in this direction.
Recently, the WANO General Assembly was held and I had the opportunity to attend that event. The results of the work for 30 years were summarized, the challenges were announced and tasks were set for the future.
From the tasks that Mr. Tom Mitchell, Chairman of the WANO Board of Governors, set to the members of the Assembly, in my opinion, the most important are the following: corporate leadership, sharing experience and knowledge in the field of nuclear technologies to the young generation, development of human resources. Leadership implementation, attention to leadership is our priority. And we will try to answer this challenge. The mission results will be useful for us in this work.
We fully rely on your experience, your knowledge and the opportunity to apply them at Zaporizhzhia NPP. I wish you good work here.”
During the mission, the experts will present their practices and share their experiences. The result will be a report that will highlight both strengths and areas for improvement in order to bring them into line with best international practice.
Background information. Peer reviews is the main tool of the WANO activity aimed at improving the safety of nuclear power plants operation in the world. The peer review is always conducted on the initiative of the host party. The result of the review is a confidential report. The report shall be transmitted only to the reviewed plant and the operating organization to which the NPP reports. Such volunteerism and confidentiality create an atmosphere of openness and understanding between the team experts and NPP staff a peer review, and it allows us to learn lessons from the experiences, challenges and positive practices of colleagues.
The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) brings together all the operators of the world. It facilitates the exchange of experience in the operation of NPPs so that the members of the Association can work together to achieve the highest level of safety and reliability in the operation of their nuclear power plants. The Association was established in 1989. Its members are in four regional centers - the Atlantic, Paris, Moscow and Tokyo.