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Simulator for personnel of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant out of order because of Russians

Thursday, 26 January 2023, 15:34

The actions of the Russian occupiers have led to the stoppage of a unique full-scale simulator at the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (the ZNPP).

Source: Energoatom, Ukraine’s nuclear power company, on Telegram

Quote: "The full-scale simulator (FSS) for practising skills required at the nuclear facility is not operating at the Zaporizhzhia NPP because of the Russian occupiers.

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The Russians deliberately block access to workplaces for FSS instructors, as they refused to cooperate with the enemy and sign contracts with the fake JSC ‘Operating Organisation of the Zaporozhye NPP'," the Ukrainian state company emphasised.

Details: Trainings and qualification support on the full-scale simulator is an important component of operational activities for NPP safety, and it should be carried out systematically so that personnel retain and develop previously acquired skills, Energoatom explained.

This is how the International Atomic Energy Agency recommends maintaining the licensed readiness of NPP personnel and training them, and this is one of the requirements of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine.

"Since the full-scale simulator cannot operate to the full extent now, it is not known how long Ukrainian nuclear experts will have the opportunity to either study or improve their qualifications, and this threatens the safety of operation of Europe's largest nuclear facility," Energoatom emphasised.

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