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13 Jun 2016

IAEA experts evaluate Belarusian nuclear power plant personnel training

MINSK, 13 June (BelTA) – A team of experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has evaluated the training of personnel for the Belarusian nuclear power plant, BelTA learned from the Information and Public Relations Department of the state enterprise Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant.

The IAEA mission worked at the Belarusian nuclear power plant’s construction site on 8-10 June. The mission was supposed to provide assistance with training personnel for the nuclear power plant.

The IAEA experts analyzed the current state of affairs in the personnel training system, including workforce planning, regulatory documents, requirements for personnel, and the availability of academic programs, and worked out an action plan meant to further develop and improve the Belarusian nuclear power plant’s personnel training system.

The IAEA representatives mentioned constructive cooperation between the International Atomic Energy Agency and the state enterprise Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant.

The IAEA expert Vladimir Koshelev mentioned after the mission that a training and education center had been created as part of the enterprise. The center is staffed with people, who absolutely adequately understand requirements for a modern personnel training system. “All the work the IAEA does meets full support and implementation by the nuclear power plant,” said the expert.

The IAEA experts praised the enterprise’s efforts concerning the systemic approach to training personnel for the nuclear power plant and offered recommendations with a view to further perfecting the Belarusian nuclear power plant’s personnel training system.

The Belarusian nuclear power plant is a project to build an AES-2006 type nuclear power plant 18km away from Ostrovets, Grodno Oblast. The BelNPP will have two power-generating units with the total output capacity of up to 2,400MW (2x1,200MW). In line with the general contract for building the nuclear power plant the first power-generating unit is scheduled for commissioning in 2018, with the second one to go online in 2020.

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