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Nuclear Safety Cooperation


Licensing related assessment for VVER 213. Improvement programme for Kola 3 & 4

  • Closed
All Countries
Benefitting Zone
€ 125,503.35
EU Contribution
Contracted in 1996
Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States


Type of activity

Technical Support Organisations



Contracting authority

European Commission

Method of Procurement

Direct Agreement & AV DA


13/11/1996 - 13/12/1998





Project / Budget year
  • WW9406 Nuclear Safety 1994 / 1994
  • WW9306 Nuclear Safety 1996 / 1993


The objective of the TACIS project consists in providing technical support to Gosatomnadzor of RF in its safety evaluation of the Kola units 3 & 4 upgrading Instrumentation and Control programme. The goal is to enhance the effectiveness of Gosatomnadzor of RF and its support in its licensing related assessments for the Kola NPP.

However, the start of the project was postponed because the originally foreseen safety evaluation of the upgraded I & C could not be realised, since the relevant industrial TACIS project has been cancelled.
It was then agreed between all partners to redefine the project and to perform preliminary work on TSO support to RF Gosatomnadzor in implementation of the "2+2" approach for TACIS OSA projects.
The new objective concerns the replacement of safety valves on steam generator.

On the basis of the industrial schedule issued by Kola NPP on 22 April 1998, only about 30% of the licensing activity steps had been planned to be performed in 1998 (until the definitive end of the contract RF/TSO/01-E).

The basis for the work is the Russian Licensing Procedure "Methodological Materials on Licensing Procedure accompanying modernisation (upgrading) of NPP in the framework of TACIS Programme". The industrial proposal is structured according to the Russian Licensing procedure which is the base of the licensing process.

Because of considerable slippage of the industrial project schedule, the implementation of the TSO project could not be achieved before the end of the contract which expired on December 13, 1998.
The only task defined in the Inception report which was completed is the preliminary "Common understanding on the licensing process".