04 – 17, December 2011 the group of specialists from the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission visited the Central Institute for Continuing Education and Training (hereafter CICE&T) under the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme. The main objective of the visit was the introduction into the Russian experience of nuclear power plants operating, project management in construction and fuel supply, programmes for personnel training.
The training for visitors was organized in the form of lectures and further discussions with the leading specialists from EDO “Gidropress” on reactor design, CICE&T on fuel manufacturing and quality assurance and JSC “Atomstroyexport” on the project of NPP construction and financing. JSC “Neolant” contributed to the course with training module on NPP management.
In order to familiarize specialists from Bangladesh with the process of fuel manufacturing one day tour to JSC “Mashinostroitelniy zavod” in Electrostal city was organized. During this tour the group also had an opportunity to observe the organizational process on the acceptance of products by foreign customers.
The input information received in CICET was later benchmarked during facility visits at Novovoronezhskaya NPP – 1 (currently operating VVER reactors), Novovoronezhskaya NPP – 2 (currently under construction), Training Center of JSC Atomtechenergo and JSC Atomenergoremont, both in Novovoronezh city. It’s important to note that nowadays in Novovoronezh under construction is the Training Center for NPP – 2 which is announced to be a reference center for new generation of NPPs to be built both in Russia and abroad. Head of the Training Department of Novovoronezhskaya NPP – 2 made a comprehensive presentation of their experience of recruiting and training people and schedule requirements for installing the full scope simulator and other facilities associated with training.
As the main result of this visit both CICET and Bangladesh side agreed to cooperate closely in order to learn from Russian specialists the specifics of Russian experience in pre-construction, construction and commissioning stages of NPP that is very important for Bangladesh as for the country having embarked on the way of nuclear power development.