World Association of Nuclear Operators
Moscow Regional Centre

WANO and REA Round Table at Atomexpo

WANO and REA Round Table at Atomexpo
On 21 Novemberя 2022, representatives of WANO Moscow Centre jointly with Rosenergoatom JSC organized a Round Table discussion in the frames of the XII-th International Forum Atomexpo 2022 in Sochi, on the topic ‘New Unit Operational Readiness: Challenges and Opportunities’.

The main topics discussed by the Round Table participants were related to the issues of safe and reliable NPP operation, both in Russia and abroad, and new units assistance. The discussion participants exchanged their experience in ensuring operational readiness and new units commissioning, and discussed the ways to overcome the challenges that newcomer organizations are confronted with today.

The Round Table moderator was Sandor Nagy, Technical and Functional Support Director, WANO London Office. The main speakers included representatives of WANO Moscow Centre, Rosenergoatom JSC, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Paks-2 NPP and Akkuyu Nuclear JSC.

Round Table speakers:
1. Vasily Aksenov, WANO MC Director
2. Mikhail Chudakov, Deputy Director General of the IAEA - Director of the Department of Nuclear Energy
3. Nikita Konstantinov, Deputy Director General - Director for Business Development, Rosenergoatom JSC, Chair, WANO Industry Working Group «New Unit Assistance»
4. Alexander Katsman, Deputy Director General - Director for New Units Commissioning, Rosenergoatom JSC
5. Gergely Jákli, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Paks II. Ltd.
6. Vitaly Kustov, Deputy Director of NPP under construction, Chief Technology Officer, Akkuyu Nuclear JSC
7. Mohammed Shawkat Akbar, Project Director, Managing Director of Rooppur NPP

It was specially noted, that today comprehensive and timely ensurance of new units’ operational readiness is a prerequisite for their further steady and safe operation.

WANO Moscow Center Director Vasily Aksenov pointed out that “today due to nuclear power industry development in new regions the issue of new units’ readiness for safe operation is very important. There are 32 plant sites today in 18 countries of the world with new power units under construction. Moscow Centre, in particular, is working with operating organizations (operators) from 9 countries. It is a wide internationalization with technical and cultural peculiarities, and the share of newcomers in the global NPP fleet will keep growing.

It is a certain challenge for the industry, and our common mission is in assistance to new operators for achievement of required level of operational readiness and safe operation. WANO, undoubtedly, have developed appropriate assistance programmes and additional services in this area, based on the principle of individual character of each operator. Individual assistance plans are developed for each of them, based on a unified standard (the so-called NUA modules), adopted across WANO. Less experienced operators receive more extensive assistance. While more specialized approaches are required to more experienced ones. It is all individual. Although the purpose is the same. It is the maximum comprehensive assistance from WANO for readiness to start operation.

I want to stress the importance of cooperation of like-minded organizations in this process. For example, WANO is in active cooperation with IAEA in NPP operational safety and operational readiness. This is an important and critical joint work aimed at achieving the highest possible levels of safety and reliability of the plants in the world”.

Deputy Director General - Director for Business Development at Rosenergoatom JSC, Chair of WANO Industry Working Group ‘New Unit Assistance’ Nikita Konstantinov: “The world power companies and countries consider nuclear power today as a clean, safe and reliable energy source. Implementation of operational experience in new nuclear projects is a real problem. The lessons learned from events that shaped the industry during the last decades must be taken into account in the early phases of the future operating organization. Our task is to accumulate this unique knowledge and transfer it to the newcomers”.

Documents were presented at the Round Table session, developed by the Industry Working Group NUA I-WG for assistance to newcomers in preparation for safe and reliable power unit operation.

Video of the event can be found on:

Besides, Vasily Aksenov took part in the Round Table session ‘Licensing Harmonization: Wish or Reality’ at Atomexpo (find the video on and in the Lecture session on the topic ‘Safety Culture’ with a lecture ‘Safety Culture: from history to these days’, where M.Chudakov and A.Ferapontov (Deputy Head of Rostechnadzor) provided their comments.

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ATOMEXPO International Forum is an annual event initiated by Rosatom, it is the largest exhibition and business platform for discussing the current state of the nuclear industry and setting future trends of its further development.