WANO experts score a high level of safety and reliability of Smolensk NPP in Russia

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Chennai, Oct. 2019

The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) completed the follow-un peer review at Smolensk NPP. It was part of the plan of the cooperation with Rosenergoatom.

Five experts from Russia, Ukraine and Armenia independently assessed progress achieved by the plant in the areas of improvement marked by the 2017 peer review. “I noted the great interest of the Smolensk NPP personnel in WANO programs,” Maksim Dyrovatiy, Head of Expert Team, said. We have worked as a team and achieved understanding on all discussed issues, we could observe all works necessary to obtain high quality results. This was facilitated by the air of openness and readiness for cooperation that has been built at the plant. It was easy and comfort to work,” he said.

The experts collected 55 facts that confirm the improving of Smolensk NPP performance by observing work conduct, interviewing managers and personnel and analyzing documentation. Three areas were marked “A” that means the stable improvement progress. Six areas have achievements at level “B” that shows apparent improvements and planned implementations continue, as well as no revision of the measure plan is required. The experts noted that systemic work has been well set up in all areas.

“The peer review conducted by independent international experts is always useful because it shows the areas for improvement, insurance of reliable and safe operation on the nuclear power plant,” Smolensk NPP Director Pavel Lubensky noted.

The Smolensk NPP is a city-forming enterprise, one of the regional leaders, the largest one in the regional fuel and energy balance. The annual power output of the power plant averages 20 bln kWh, which is more than 80% of the total output of the Smolensk Oblast energy producers.
The Smolensk NPP became a multiple time winner of the industry-level contest for the Best Nuclear Power Plants in 1992, 1993, 2010, 2011 and 2015, and the runner-up in 2012 and 2014

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