EC helps Nuclear Operator in Ukraine

European Commission helps to complete Multi-Milion Euro National Training Centre for Nuclear Operator in Ukraine

The European Commission is providing €14 million Euro in assistance to Ukraine to establish a state-of-art training centre over the next three years.

Europe Aid Cooperation Office of the European Commission, together with their Partner (Ministry of Fuel and Energy for Ukraine) and Recipient End-User (NNEGC Energoatom) have launched the first phase of the project to establish a state-of-art Training Centre for NNEGC Energoatom Staff on the site of Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant. Following completion in 2012, the National Training Centre will deliver ‘world class’ training to Energoatom’s Management and Maintenance Personnel.

The implementation of this project is of the highest importance to both the Ukrainian Government, and the European Union. A decree signed by the Cabinet of Ministers for Ukraine has committed the required resources to ensure completion of the National Training Centre by the end of 2012, in order to support safe implementation of the nuclear energy strategy for Ukraine. The European Union views the establishment of the Training Centre as the foundation stone for sustainable safe management of Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) and nuclear safety culture in general.

The first phase of the project will involve a review of best international practice in NPP Management and Maintenance training and the implementation of a training needs analysis for management and maintenance personnel. Technical Specifications for the future procurement of specialized training equipment will also be developed within this phase of the project. On completion of the National Centre, the specialized equipment will be utilized to simulate actual maintenance conditions in order that students can be fully familiarized with all aspects of the equipment maintenance before working on the actual equipment. Once developed, training programs and materials will be piloted on Instructors and NNEGC Energoatom personnel using specialized training equipment delivered in the frame of this project.

Management training will be provided utilizing best international techniques and cover all areas of management, taking into account the principle of “Safety First”. It is anticipated that management training will involve managers up to the level of Vice President of NNEGC Energoatom.

The contract for Lot 1 was signed on August 25, 2009. The Contract Inception Meeting was held on September 23rd and 24th 2009 at Zaporozhye NPP with the European Commission, NNEGC Energoatom, and Members of the Consortium in attendance. The duration of the project implementation will be 36 months. The total EU contribution will be 14 million Euro (about 171 million UAH).

The project will be implemented by a EU/Ukrainian Consortium lead by AREVA NP (Germany), Intellectual Technologies – Slavutich (Ukraine), and CA&R Engineering GmbH (Germany), in the frame of the EC ‚Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation‘.


Christina Thormählen, EC Project Managere-mail:

Ivan Serdyuk, NNEGC Energoatom Project Managere-mail: