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Nuclear Safety Cooperation

R1.03/02B Kalinin PIP - Computerized Information / Safety Panel (CI/SP) System for Unit 1 (AP ref.

  • Closed
Benefitting Zone
Eastern Europe / North Asia
€ 2,684,733.00
EU Contribution
Contracted in 2005
Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States


Type of activity

Equipment Supply



Contracting authority

European Commission

Method of Procurement

(FR2007) (Ext. act) Supply - International Open Procedure after publication of a contract notice - Art. 243.1(a) IR


14/09/2005 - 14/11/2009





Project / Budget year

TACIS 2002 Nuclear Safety Action Programme / 2002


The TACIS project R4.2/91 “Crisis Management and Safety Panels” constituted the first phase of a global project aimed at providing a complete crisis management system to improve nuclear safety in Russian VVER 1000 nuclear power plants. The Beneficiary of the global project was Rosenergoatom.

TACIS R2.03/93 project constituted the second phase of the global project and was aimed at the development of a Safety Panel Prototype (SPP) according to the specification validated during phase 1. The functionalities of the SPP were validated using the simulator of Kalinin NPP and feasibility of SPP connections with real plant I&C systems was validated by tempo�rary installation of SPP in Kalinin.

TACIS R1.03/96E project constitutes the third phase of the global project, and intended to increase the nuclear safety of the unit 2 at the Kalinin NPP by improving the Computerised Information / Safety Panel (CI/SP) System and associated provision for the three Crisis Centres at KNPP, “local” in the city of Udomlya and national in Moscow.
The present TACIS project constituted the fourth phase of the global project, with the objective to improve the CI/SP System of Kalinin NPP unit 1. This new CI/SP System presented functions and Man Machine Interface similar to those of the new CI/SP System of unit 2. This was an objective that made easier the future improvement of the CI/SP System of the Kalinin Training Centre.
The CI/SP System replaced the existing CI “Complex Uran” System which was affected by ageing and maintenance problems and which had little or no extension possi�bilities left.
CI/SP System was structured on two levels :

Level 1 - a set of equipment that performs all input operations, data acquisition of the process signals;
Level 2 - a computer based system that performs all data processing functions, the Man-Machine interface and data transfer toward the (Level 3) plant data network and to one local and one remote external centres. Only process supervisory functions were implemented. No process control functions were available.


The objective of the present TACIS project was to improve the Kalinin NPP safety by providing operators with a very effective, full operational CI/SP system.
The present TACIS project covered the design, development of software, manufacturing, testing, delivery, supervision of the installation, power-on, validation and commissioning of a CI/SP System to be implemented at Kalinin NPP unit 1 in order to achieve a full operational CI/SP System in compliance with the Russian technical regulations.
The scope of the supply did not include the following tasks:�

Preparation of the data package related to the existing CIS of unit 1
Any work related to the old CIS of unit 1
Dis- and re-connection and testing of the process signals
Installation of CI/SP cabinets, tables, screens and printers
Laying and connection of CIS/SP external cables
Update of the existing documentation
Russian documentation�
Any work outside Kalinin NP Plant (e.g. related to crisis centres)�
Licensing of CIS/SP
These tasks were assigned to the Beneficiary and/or End User. In particular, End-User was responsible for accurately defining all CIS/SP data processing performed on acquired / calculated variables in order to ensure that operators were supplied with the correct information.


The overall duration of the project was expected to be 50 months up to the final acceptance, including a 24 months’ warranty period.
CI/SP System was used in normal, incidental and accidental plant situation, as an additional means for operator decision.
The supplier was responsible for supplying a CIS/SP that complies with Russian rules and requirements. The supplier supported the End User to obtain the licence of the supplied equipment, providing all required data, documents and information requested by the Russian Regulatory Authority.
The supplier provided the End user personnel the training required for installing, testing, commissioning, operating and maintaining the hardware and the software parts of the CIS/SP system, as well as the complementary tools included in the supply.
Certification for equipment to be imported as well as the metrological certificate was the supplier responsibility. Certification for using equipment at NPP was the End User/Beneficiary responsibility, with the support from the supplier (licensing procedure).

The technical specifications were finalized in the frame of Kalinin OSA activities and subjected to the licensing process in the frame of the 2+2 approach.
Following failure of the first tender procedure, the Technical Specifications and Evaluation Criteria were updated, and publication of new tender file occurred on December 8, 2004, the TS being available to tenders at request only.
A site clarification meeting was organized at KNPP on January 26, 2005.

The opening of the bids occurred on March 14, 2005. Three bids were received and found technically compliant by the evaluation committee. Contract was awarded to Spanish company Technatom, in consortium with Russian ASE group. Contract was signed by EC on June 9, by KNPP on August 26 and by Rosenergoatom on August 30, 2005.
Contract was signed by the supplier on September 13, 2005 and the kick-off meeting was held at Kalinin NPP, Udomlya, Tver region, on 20- 21/10/05.

Equipment manufacture and delivery were delayed by a total of about 2 years due to a number of problems and disputes between the End User (Kalinin NPP) and the Contractor and his sub-contractors.
Despite all these disputes and resulting delays, the equipment successfully passed all acceptance tests and satisfied all certification and licensing requirements. Factory Acceptance Testing took place over a period of several months and was finally successfully completed during the summer of 2009. Delivery of the equipment took place in time for installation, testing and commissioning in the Unit 1 outage of September/October 2009. The Provisional Acceptance Certificate was signed on 11 December 2009, starting the two year warranty period.

The supplier had the responsibility for maintenance of the spare parts during the warranty period.
The supplier guaranteed the possibility to purchase the spare parts for additional maintenance and repairs throughout the lifetime of the equipment (minimum 10 years).