Cooperation with IAEA

Cooperation with IAEA is intended to ensure conduct of nuclear material control inspections on the regular basis, prepare for and participate in IAEA missions (OSART, PROSPER, ASSET, etc.), participate in training courses and workshops, which is a good opportunity for NPP experts to meet leading IAEA experts and representatives from European operators, exchange information and discuss topical issues of nuclear industry. In general, it’s worth mentioning that IAEA activities attended by KhNPP experts cover a wide range of NPP activities with regard to accepted international requirements and recommendations.

KhNPP hosted a number of international missions during the period of its cooperation with IAEA:
  • ASSET (1993): assessment of events occurred at KhNPP.
  • IPPAS (2003): assessment of physical protection level.
  • OSART (1995 and 2007 – main missions, 2000 and 2009 – follow-ups): operational safety review.

Under implementation of EC-IAEA-Ukraine Joint Project on Nuclear Safety Evaluation for Ukrainian NPPs, KhNPP hosted the following international missions in 2009:
  • Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning Mission (May 24-30, 2009).
  • OSART Follow-up and Expert Mission on NPP Operational Safety (May 25 - June 04, 2009).
  • Design Safety Review for KhNPP-1 (October 12-15, 2009).

Within IAEA technical assistance project, KhNPP hosted an expert mission in October 2013. It included practical training in application of CLP4NET cyber platform and was held for system administrators and Training Center instructors.

Technical reports were prepared to document findings of above missions.

Annually, KhNPP experts participate in IAEA regional projects. KhNPP experts use gained experience and received outputs in their daily activities.
  • In 2016, IAEA personnel conducted 2 routine inspections within the framework of IAEA Safeguards Programme to carry out nuclear material control and accountability (NMC&A) activities at KhNPP site. Main NMC&A activities included review of NMC&A documents, verification of nuclear fuel in the reactor core and of new nuclear fuel, random NM measurements in fuel assemblies, verification of spent fuel assemblies in the spent fuel pool, inventories of radioactive sources (NM of Category IV) owned by several KhNPP departments, attachment, verification, and removal of IAEA seals. Inspections were completed in the full scope without any comments or remarks.
  • In 2016, KhNPP sent 17 applications for taking part in IAEA workshops and meetings, among which 12 KhNPP experts were selected as participants. ICTAD provided support to ensure that IAEA accepted participants participated in 10 activities within the framework of the following regional projects:
  • RER/9/133 “Strengthening Capacity for Harmonized Risk Assessment of Nuclear Facilities and Nuclear Hazards”;
  • RER/9/134 “Enhancing Safety in Accordance with the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety”;
  • RER/9/142 “Establishing Sustainable Education and Training Infrastructures for Building Competence in Radiation Safety”.

It is planned that KhNPP personnel will continue to take part in IAEA regional projects in 2017.