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The Forum – Dialogue with the participation of Russian and Vietnamese organizations

The Forum – Dialogue with the participation of Russian and Vietnamese organizations

According to the plan of measures for cooperation with Vietnam in the field of Atomic Energy, on April, 13-14 2011 in Fangran city of the Vietnamese province of Ninh Thuan, where a site for building nuclear power plant on Russian technology has been chosen, the Forum – Dialogue with the participation of Russian and Vietnamese organizations was held by “Rosatom”. The Russian delegation included representatives of the apparatus of “Rosatom”, JSC “Atomstroyexport”, OJSC “Concern Rosenergoatom”, “Nuclear Energy Information Centers” and “Central Institute for Continuing Education and Training”(hereinafter – CICE&T).

Presentations by CICE&T formed the basis of staff training section of this event. In the presentation of the Rector of CICE&T Prof. Yu. Seleznev the concept of training – information center of nuclear power plant (hereinafter – TIC) was proposed to the Vietnamese side. The main idea of the concept is the creation of TIC, which should be designed and built by the beginning of the NPP construction, that will meet the challenges of promoting the nuclear power plant as an employer, career guidance of school graduates, and recruiting activities, and implement staff training on working specialties (rigger, slinger, fitter, etc.), training of construction and installation other contractors staff in the following areas: safety culture, norms and regulations in the field of atomic energy, courses of safety (labor protection, electrical safety, industrial safety, fire safety, etc.), specialized courses (metal control, metrology, lifting devices, installation of cable networks, etc.).

As a reference project of TIC at the suggestion of OJSC “Concern Rosenergoatom” the Novovoronezh NPP-2 TIC was adopted. The development of training-materials base for TIC is rather laborious process, requiring the involvement of a large number of highly skilled nuclear scientists, trainers and teachers. To solve this problem it is proposed to arrange a consortium consisting of leading industry organizations: OJSC “Concern Rosenergoatom”, “CICE&T”, JSC “Atomtechenergo” and JSC “VNIIAES”.

Advance construction of the TIC will allow implementing the part of the theoretical training of operational personnel in Vietnam that, on the one hand, will relieve the educational institutions in Russia, which will have to implement several educational projects in parallel, on the other hand, to save money on training for the Vietnamese side.

In the presentation of Vice – Rector for international affairs Prof. V. Artisyuk there was presented CICE&T experience in training for the national nuclear infrastructure in the countries that have embarked on nuclear power programmes. The infrastructure includes Nuclear Energy Programme Implementing Organization (NEPIO), the regulatory authority (regulator) and the operating organization (operator). Depending on the phase of development, it is important to allocate two categories of human resource: the personnel of the nuclear infrastructure before the start of works on the construction of the NPP and the NPP operation personnel. On the quantitative characteristics the operational personnel of the NPP is the most resource-intensive. However, the formation of the authorities of the national nuclear infrastructure at an early stage can have a significant impact on the implementation of the overall programme.

The peculiarity of training for the national nuclear infrastructure is the breadth of the request of the intended recipient. Needs analysis conducted within the framework of Infrastructure development has identified the following list of courses that are necessary to have in the package of proposals for foreign customers:

  • Preparation of bid invitation for the construction of the first NPP
  • NPP site selection and qualification
  • Characteristics and design of nuclear fuel, including safety margins
  • Security and physical protection of NPPs and the relationship with safety and safeguards
  • The formation of the regulatory body (Note: the course is organized in cooperation with “Rostekhnadzor”)
  • The secondary circuit equipment: the requirements for the manufacturer, quality control, guaranteeing, maintenance and repair
  • Uranium geology and fuel production
  • Research reactors – safety issues and isotopes production
  • Irradiated fuel: management, recycling and non-proliferation issues
  • Introduction to nuclear technology
  • Russian computer codes for safety analysis
  • Gen-IV reactors
  • Small power reactors
  • Project construction management
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Basic courses for NPP staff
  • Course on Turbine Island
  • Course on Reactor Island
  • Course on electrical separation hall
  • Course in measurement systems and automation

To conduct courses leading experts of the industry are involved. The courses are designed for 100 hours of theoretical training, including the facility visit to the NPP.

In one of the schools in Fanrang CICE&T representatives participated in the open lesson dedicated to nuclear power. During the lesson Prof. V. Artisyuk provided a brief explanation of the nuclear power industry peculiarities. After that there was a scholars competition and the contest for the best picture on the future of Fanrang city. It is interesting to note that the motives of NPP construction dominated in the pupils’ drawings. In the picture there are the Vietnamese students, the jury and a short lecture on nuclear power.