The EU handed over E14 millions of state-of-the-art equipment to the future National Training Centre for all Ukrainian nuclear personnel at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant Energodar
October 20, 2015.
Today 20 October 2015, at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant H.E. Jan Tombinski, EU Ambassador to Ukraine, has officially handed over worth E14 millions of state-of-the-art equipment purchased by the EU to the National Training Centre to be commissioned in 2016. The event was as well attended by Mr. O. Svetelyk, Deputy Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine and Mr. Y. Nedashkovski, President Energoatom.
Co-financed between the European Union and the Ukrainian Government, this National Training Centre is a state-of-the-art nuclear power unit maintenance training facility. It is equipped with a full-scale simulator of a VVER nuclear unit. When opened for full operation in 2016, it will deliver maintenance trainings based on best international practice to maintenance personnel from the Energoatom’s fleet of VVER nuclear power units, which are located at four nuclear power plants across Ukraine.
The training centre’s first of a kind simulator of a nuclear power unit will facilitate training and qualification of maintenance staff utilising a variety of full scope equipment models, in simulated environmental conditions. This will ensure maintenance actions to be carried out on installed operational equipment, and being implemented to the highest standards of safety for both the maintenance personnel and equipment to be maintained.
In addition to maintenance training, the project has established a management training system within NNEGC Energoatom. The management training, which is also based on international best practice, emulates management principles and practices employed by international nuclear operators that are considered to be the best in class.
The combined results of these two key elements will provide Ukraine’s nuclear operator Energoatom with the means to support the safe implementation of the country's energy strategy regarding electricity generation from nuclear power.
As declared by H.E. Jan Tombinski, EU Ambassador to Ukraine: "The European Union and Ukraine see this unique Training Centre as a very important corner stone in our long-lasting cooperation on nuclear safety. With this Centre, the EU and Ukraine demonstrate their joint commitment to a stronger nuclear safety culture worldwide".
Following the Chornobyl accident, the EU launched a nuclear safety programme under TACIS (Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States) which, between 1991 and 2006, allocated some E 1.3 billion to nuclear safety and security projects, with over E 560 millions of technical assistance projects implemented in Ukraine. From 2007 to 2013 the EU expanded its nuclear safety assistance and cooperation to third countries under the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC) which had a total budget allocation of E524 million. In June 2014, the strategy for the implementation of Phase 2 of the INSC (2014 – 2020) was agreed in Brussels, committing an extra E 225 million for nuclear safety projects. Some of which will finance further projects for Ukraine.
The Training Centre in Zaporizhia was initially launched by the Ukrainian Government in the late 1990s. It had to be stopped for seven years, until an agreement was found in 2007 with the EU to complete it with INSC resources. The total EU contribution to this centre is E14 millions.