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WANO peer review completed at Zaporizhzhya NPP

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Over the current fortnight, a peer review of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) was underway at Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. On May 27, a concluding briefing was held during which the inspection report was presented to the General Manager.

The team of experts at ZNPP consisted of representatives of nuclear power plant operators from Ukraine, Hungary, Armenia, Iran, and Russia. During the peer review, they oversaw the work of the power plant's staff and equipment, as well as communicated with personnel, studied documentation, compiled reports and passed all information necessary for the inspection along to colleagues working remotely.

«A fortnight passed like a day, a lot of serious work has been performed,» said Ihor Murashov, chief engineer and first deputy General Manager of ZNPP, while opening the concluding briefing.

 «I am very grateful to both ZNPP colleagues and my experts for this WANO peer review is being completed very successfully. We provide you with the results, which after yesterday's discussion with the power plant management can already be considered final, without taking into account some details of the work that will be performed later,» said the expert team leader Lajos Hadnagy.

The expert team worked at Zaporizhzhya NPP in several areas: Leadership, Operation, Operating Experience, Operational Focus, Outage, Engineering, Equipment Reliability, Emergency Preparedness, Radiation Safety, SOER. Each expert in his field identified areas to be improved, as well as strengths, namely the experience of ZNPP, which should be shared with other NPPs.

The final conclusion is as follows: Zaporizhzhya NPP passed the inspection successfully, demonstrating full openness and efficiency in providing information to international partners.

For reference: Zaporizhzhya NPP is the largest power facility in Ukraine and Europe with an installed capacity of 6000 MW. The first power unit was put into operation in 1984, the second - in 1985, the third - in 1986, the fourth - in 1987, the fifth - in 1989, the sixth - in 1995.

ZNPP generates into a Unified energy system almost 40 percent of all electricity produced by Ukrainian nuclear power plants and one-fifth of the country’s total electricity production.