The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) has opened a representative office at the Novovoronezh nuclear power plant to increase the number of staff supporting WANO activities in Russia, state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom has announced.
According to Rosatom, an opening ceremony for the office was held on 11 January 2013.
WANO confirmed the opening of the office today and said the policy of having representative offices at specific nuclear plants is not a WANO-wide policy. WANO told NucNet the new office is an approach of its Moscow Centre and aims to increase WANO support staff by having them in a dedicated office.
"The intention is for them to undertake their WANO activities from that specific plant, including visits to other plants, and to create a better link between that plant and our organisation", WANO said.
WANO said that a similar approach has been undertaken by its Paris Centre.
According to Vyacheslav Shvarov, a representative of the WANO Moscow Centre, the Novovoronezh office will become the headquarters of the Novovoronezh nuclear plant's international activities such as technical support missions, WANO peer reviews and International Atomic Energy Agency Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) missions.
WANO said that under an agreement between the WANO Moscow Centre and Rosatom, offices will be opened at each Russian nuclear power plant.
There are three commercially operational VVER reactor units at the Novovoronezh nuclear power plant and two more under construction as part of Phase 2. The plant is in Voronezh Oblast in western Russia.