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Peer reviews of Ukrainian nuclear power plants will be performed by WANO Paris Center

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NNEGC “Energoatom” is joining Paris Center of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) as applied to the Peer Review Programme, which is one of the major WANO programmes. As of today, peer reviews of nuclear power plants operated by Energoatom are organized and performed by WANO Moscow Center. A corresponding Memorandum of Understanding between Energoatom and WANO Paris Center was signed by Yuriy Nedashkovskyi, President of NNEGC “Energoatom”, Erwin Fischer, Chairman of the WANO Paris Center Governing Board, and Jaroslav Holubec, Chairman of the WANO Moscow Center Governing Board. The Memorandum was signed on October 20 within the WANO Biennial General Meeting that took place in London on October 20-22 and was dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of the Association.

The signing of this document was initiated by Energoatom. According to the Memorandum, once a series of preparatory activities is completed to allow for Energoatom’s affiliation with WANO Paris Center, Paris Center will organize and perform WANO peer reviews and follow-up peer reviews at Ukrainian nuclear power plants starting 2022 in accordance with principles and prosess established by the WANO Programme Guideline WPG 01 – Peer Reviews.

During the WANO Biennial General Meeting Yuriy Nedashkovskyi also participated in the Closed CEO session of WANO members, Extraordinary General Meeting, WANO Moscow Center General Meeting, WANO Moscow Center and WANO Paris Center Governing Board Meetings.   

It’s also worth mentioning, that in 2016 at Energoatom’s initiative Rivne NPP received the first swap peer review in WANO history that was performed by WANO Paris Center peers.

Memo. Peer Reviews are the major WANO instrument aimed at operational safety improvement of the world nuclear fleet. Peer Reviews are always conducted at the request of a host utility. A deliverable from such reviews is a confidential report  reflecting strengths of a corresponding nuclear power plant and its areas for improvement that need to be addressed to make it meet the world’s best practice.  The report is submitted solely to a nuclear power plant under review and the operating company comprising such an NPP. Such voluntary nature and confidentiality creates an open environment of mutual understanding between WANO peers and the personnel of an NPP receiving a review, which facilitates learning the lessons from colleagues’ experience, problems and positive practices.

The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) is an association that gathers all nuclear power plant operators from all over the world. It facilitates the exchange of operational experience so that WANO members could work together to achieve tha highest safety and reliability level during the operation of their nuclear power plants. The Association was established in 1989. Its members affiliate with four regional centers located in Atlanta, Paris, Moscow and Tokyo.