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Exact copy of Belarusian NPP control board enables modelling of over a thousand situations possible during life of nuclear power plant

Exact copy of Belarusian NPP control board enables modelling of over a thousand situations possible during life of nuclear power plant


“The copy of the control board enables us to model over a thousand scenarios, from launch through to regular use, at the station. It’s vital for our training of specialists, allowing them to prepare theoretically and practically,” notes Vladimir Gorin, deputy chief engineer for personnel training at the Belarusian NPP. Training is conducted via a range of scenarios, which call upon skills taught to personnel. 



Between three and five people will work on the plant’s control board during a shift, each chosen for their psychological suitability as well as their professional experience and skills. Psychologists will consult during training and after employment. “Undoubtedly, people working on the control board will be paid higher salaries than most of the other NPP staff, as they’ll be working with one of the most complex sections,” explains Mr. Gorin.

At present, the simulated control board is being used for training male employees, but women are also eligible, as Mr. Gorin emphasises, noting that women are employed in such roles at other nuclear power stations worldwide. “As far as age is concerned, we take into account competence and skills, education and working experience from the past three years,” he adds.


Lessons at Belarusian NPP educational and training centre in Ostrovets

The full-scale simulator is located at the educational and training centre of the Belarusian NPP, and was launched in test mode early this year. Based on a mathematical model, it is an invaluable part of the educational and training centre’s work. The latter covers theoretical preparation, as well as practical training, and administrative rooms.

By Vladimir Velikhov
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