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WANO experts have initiated a peer review at Zaporizhzhya NPP

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13 to 29 May 2021, a peer review of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) is underway at Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. The team of experts at ZNPP consists of representatives of nuclear power plant operators from Ukraine, Hungary, Armenia, Iran, and Russia.

«Unfortunately, the epidemiological situation has somewhat limited us, but I am confident in the usefulness and fruitfulness of our joint work. For our part, we guarantee full openness and prompt provision of information, » Acting General Manager of Zaporizhzhya NPP Yurii Kulba said. He expressed hope that this inspection will help improve all areas of ZNPP activity.

Due to the pandemic the peer review format has slightly changed. Experts from other countries work remotely, only specialists living and working in Ukraine came to the nuclear power plant. In the videoconference mode, the expert in each specific area will work with the counterpart – a representative of the nuclear power plant, acquaint him with findings and discuss further plans.  In this way, the experts will communicate with the whole team daily.

According to the team leader Lajos Hadnagy (Paks NPP), the main purpose of the WANO peer review is the exchange of experience and knowledge between WANO members to improve the safety and reliability of the power plant activity.

International experts will oversee the work of the power plant's staff and equipment, as well as communicate with personnel, study documentation, compile reports and pass all information necessary for the inspection along to colleagues working remotely.

At the same time, ZNPP management is convinced of the high safety level of the power plant, and ready to demonstrate this to international partners.

As a reminder, at South-Ukraine NPP the repetitive WANO peer review lasted for a week at the end of September 2020. The visit schedule of the association's experts was based on the results of the 2018 inspection. Back then, nine areas for improvement were identified at SUNPP, whereas seven areas were identified as strengths and two of them were recommended as good practices for use at all nuclear power plants worldwide.