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Russia’s Smolensk NPP gets WANO appreciation

FE Online Desk | Published: October 17, 2019 14:38:41 | Updated: October 19, 2019 18:56:49


The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) recently completed the follow-up peer review at Smolensk Nuclear Power Plant in Russia and noted that the plant has made significant development to ensure high quality results. It was part of cooperation between WANO and Rosenergoatom - operator of all Russian nuclear power plants and subsidiary of Rosatom state atomic energy corporation.

Five experts from Russia, Ukraine, and Armenia independently assessed progress achieved by the plant in the areas to be improved, marked by the 2017 peer review, says a press release received on Thursday.

Experts collected 55 facts those confirm improvement of Smolensk NPP performance through observing work process, interviewing managers and personnel, and analysing documentation, the statement added.

Three areas were marked 'A', that means the stable progress in improvement. Six areas were marked 'B', that means apparent improvements and planned implementation process continues, as well as no revision of the plan is required.

"The peer review conducted by independent international experts is always useful because it shows the areas for improvement, helps ensure reliable and safe operation of the nuclear power plant," says Pavel Lubensky, director of Smolensk NPP.

Annual power output of the Smolensk NPP averages 20 billion kwh, which is more than 80 per cent of the total output of the Smolensk region in Russia. The plant was winner of the Best Nuclear Power Plant in 1992, 1993, 2010, 2011, and 2015, and became runner-up in 2012 and 2014.

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