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Nuclear Safety Cooperation

R1.01/03B - Kola NPP - Development of ALARA Methodology (ref AP

  • Closed
Benefitting Zone
Eastern Europe / North Asia
€ 536,097.00
EU Contribution
Contracted in 2005
Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States


Type of activity

Equipment Supply



Contracting authority


Method of Procurement

(FR2007) (Ext. act) Supply - Local open procedure with prior publication - Art. 243.1 IR


13/05/2006 - 13/01/2008





Project / Budget year

TACIS 2003 - Nuclear Safety Action Programme / 2003


The aim of the Beneficiary (Rosenergoatom) was to minimize personnel, population and environmental radiation impact by means of safety improvement at the existing NPPs, ensuring safety under radioactive waste and spent nuclear materials handling.

At Kola NPP the need to minimize radiation impact had been identified, particularly in connection with the considerable increase of maintenance activities as a consequence of equipment ageing and the large scope of reconstruction work determined by the need for safety improvement and life time management.
The intention of the Beneficiary was to introduce the ALARA methodology in practical activities at Kola Nuclear Power Plant and other NPPs by the implementation of a Radiation Protection Programme for NPP Personnel in order to achieve minimal collective dose values per power unit among the Russian NPP fleet.

The ALARA principle (from – as low as reasonably achievable) defines that for any source of personal radiation dose in the framework of practical activities at the nuclear power plant, the number of irradiated persons, the level of dose and possibility to be irradiated shall be maintained at such low levels as could be reasonably achievable with consideration of economic and social factors.


For practical realization of the ALARA principle at Kola NPP, the Personnel Radiation Protection Programme at Kola NPP had been developed. Through the present project, the required hardware and software supply for the realisation of the ALARA Programme at Kola NPP was provided. Furthermore, the similar personnel electronic dosimetry systems were provided for six other Russian NPPs for their further use within the Beneficiary's internal ALARA programmes.

For the scope of the equipment supplied in the framework of the contract, see the attached extract of the procurement Technical Specification.

All 8 lots were included in the present contract.

The scope of the services included in the contract was slightly modified during the tendering stage to comprise the manufacturing, factory acceptance testing (for all lots), certification, delivery, supervision of unpacking and of on-site receipt inspection (optional, for all lots), technical supervision of installation (if needed) and participation in equipment on-site acceptance tests (for Lot 8), maintenance and repair during warranty. The scope of work also included the provision of documentation, training and instruction in the use of equipment.


The Contract was signed in May 2006.

The equipment was delivered in February 2008, Lots 1 & 8 to Kola NPP and Lots 2 – 7 to Kalinin NPP for subsequent distribution to the other NPPs.

Following installation and commissioning at Kola NPP, training of Kola NPP personnel by the Supplier took place in December 2008. Training for the other NPP personnel took place in Moscow in January 2009. The Provisional Acceptance Certificate was signed following the implementation of the training.
Final Acceptance was provided at the end of the one year warranty period without claims