Within the scope of the TACIS 92 Programme, the EC and the Russian Ministry of Atomic Power (Minatom) agreed on a list of nuclear power plants and of projects for each plant aimed at improving the operational safety of these plants. This part of the TACIS programme was called "TACIS 92 on-site activities".
For each selected plant an EU nuclear operator was to set up a team to work with the Russian End User (in the present contract Balakovo NPP). In the present case this was performed by RWE.
The object of the present project was to implement the on-site activities at Balakovo NPP; these activities by the Consultant being the subject of formal contracts between the EC and the Consultant.
The work was split into two phases.
The first task (Phase 1) included a mission to the site to examine with the End User a detailed description of the selected projects, establish the general schedule and work plan and the Consultant's manpower requirement, and collect all information necessary to start the work on-site as quickly as possible. This was essentially the preparation for the main On Site Assistance contract, which would be implemented under Phase 2.
After having performed the tasks of Phase 1, the Consultant would establish his on site team to start the implementation of the agreed projects, which included equipment supply projects as well as the provision of general operational support to the End User.
The activities to be performed included:
¨ Definition of safety deficiencies;
¨ Proposal for remediation with or without further financial EC support;
¨ Definition of project proposals for EC to seek financial support for the selected project(s);
¨ Preparation of “Technical Specifications”(TS) for equipment supply projects, when a project has been adopted by EC and Minatom;
¨ Preparation of “Technical Terms of Reference” (TOR) for service projects, if considered necessary;
¨ Assistance to EC and Beneficiary in the procurement process to purchase the equipment;
¨ Assistance in the implementation / installation of procured equipment.
¨ General operational safety assistance to the End User.
The present contract covered Phase 2 described above. The contract was signed on 1 June 1994 and was completed by 1 August 1995.
The project was launched as a follow-up to the Phase 1 on-site assistance activities. This Phase 2 consisted of general on-site assistance as well as the implementation of specific projects defined during Phase 1.
Those specific projects were:
¨ the supply and installation of a Condenser tube cleaning system (see contract R1.02/92A).
¨ the supply of Condenser tube NDE equipment (see contract R1.02/92B),
¨ the supply of a tube cleaning system for the condensers of the feedwater pump turbines (see contract R1.02/92C),
¨ the supply of spare parts for valves (see contracts R1.02/92D1 & D2).