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WANO Moscow Centre Regional Crisis Centre in action

Vasiliy Galkin- WANO Moscow

The WANO Moscow Centre's Regional Crisis Centre (RCC), which is currently being established on the basis of the Rosenergoatom's Crisis Centre, took part in a multinational emergency response exercise organised by the Finnish company Fortum.

The exercise involved more than 60 organisations and agencies in Finland and other countries in the Scandinavian-Baltic region.

Within the framework of the RCC, the participants in the exercise included nuclear utilities of eleven countries belonging to the WANO Moscow Region (Armenia, Bulgaria, China, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, India, Iran, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine), a number of Russian organisations (the Situation Crisis Centre of the Rosatom Corporation, the Technical Support Centre (TSC) of the Kurchatov Research Institute, the TSC of the Gidropress Design Company, the TSC of the VNIIAES Institute and the TSC of the "Typhoon" Research and Production Association) as well as the WANO-MC staff that are included in the 'Emergency Response Group for Nuclear Power Plants'.

The purpose of the exercise was to verify and improve the exchange of information among the RCC members in response to a simulated severe accident at the Loviisa nuclear power plant (NPP) in Finland. The tasks addressed during the exercise included the following:

• Prompt notification of the simulated accident to the RCC members;
• Communication and interfaces among the RCC, Loviisa NPP, Fortum Company, TSCs, the Situation Crisis Centre of the Rosatom Corporation and nuclear utilities;
• Actions by the RCC shift crew;
• Expert assistance and engineering support in mitigating the simulated accident at the Loviisa NPP.

Information exchange during the exercise was carried out via various communication channels: fax, email, ftp-server, videoconferencing and phone.

As specified by the 'Procedure for information exchange among the RCC members', messages from the Loviisa NPP about the simulated accident and its progress were sent to the RCC. The information then was processed and translated whenever necessary, and disseminated to the rest of the participants who provided their feedback. As part of the exercise, the experts from the participating organisations provided consultative assistance in response to a simulated request from the Loviisa NPP. The request was for assistance in bringing the situation back under control in severe accident conditions, with significant core damage and multiple equipment failures.

Vladimir Khlebtsevich, the RCC Exercise Team Leader and Head of the Rosenergoatom Emergency Preparedness Department, thanked all the participants and expressed his confidence that the results of the exercise would be efficiently used to improve the performance of the RCC.