The process of preparation for the review of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant by IAEA experts under the OSART program, which is scheduled for September 2021, started in advance and is going on according to plan. The forthcoming visit of IAEA experts is aimed first of all at ensuring a further increase of safety level.
The mission will be conducted in 12 areas: leadership and management for Safety; training and Qualification; operations; Maintenance; Engineering Support; Operating Experience; Radiation Protection; Chemistry; Emergency Planning and Preparedness; Accident Management; “Human - Technology – Organization”; Long-Term Operation.
At the plant, the appropriate working groups have been formed, consisting of ten to forty experienced specialists, with consideration of the specifics and purpose. In the process of preparation, the results of similar missions at various nuclear power plants around the world are analyzed, new IAEA documents on OSART, changes in Mission methodology, etc. are studied.
“We are currently working on equipping the rooms, where the OSART group will work, with computers and multimedia equipment. These will be modern offices and a meeting room equipped with everything they need. In the future, the plant will be able to use these rooms for reception of the delegations that regularly visit our site,” said Albert Ryabukha, Head of Operating Experience Department, Deputy Head on OSART preparation and conduct.
In early September, the IAEA plans to hold a workshop based on best international practice to improve the operating experience databases existing at Ukrainian NPPs. The objective is to create in the future a single base for SE “NNEGC “Energoatom”, in which information from all nuclear power plants would be collected.