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Energoatom establishes a new certifying authority at Atomremontservice site

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03.09.2021

SE NNEGC «Energoatom» continues to apply international experience in establishing certifying bodies. Currently, the Company is creating a new certifying authority for in-service non-destructive testing systems at the site of separated subdivision «Atomremontservice». Energoatom's staff will be certified  by using a new competent structure that will work under the practical recommendations of the European Network for Inspection and Qualification (ENIQ) and international practice.

On September 2, 2021, this issue was discussed at the meeting with the participation of specialists from Energoatom, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM), the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE, Norway), the Swedish Qualification Centre (SQC), separated subdivisions of NNEGC «Atomremontservice» and Rivne NPP, as well as the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine and the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety.

To guarantee the independence and impartiality of the certification body, it will work under the direct supervision of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine. This approach was used in establishing the Swedish Qualification Centre (SQC), which has been operating successfully since 1996 and has proven its safety and effectiveness by its own example.

Furthermore, the participants discussed the implementation of the program «Design, manufacture and supply to NNEGC Energoatom of two «closed» test specimens of the VVER-1000/VVER-440 reactor vessel with a weld seal». These are test specimens with «built-in» errors, which during testing should be detected by NNEGC employees, specifically – the staff of Rivne NPP, on the site of which the system of work of the Ukrainian certifying authority will be tested and implemented.

The project is funded jointly by the Government of Norway (DSA) with the participation of the Norwegian Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) and the Swedish Qualification Centre (SQC).

The Ukrainian, Norwegian and Swedish sides stressed the importance of successfully completing the project of «closed» test specimens and further sharing Sweden's experience in establishing a new certifying body.