The real date of Westron birth wasEnlarge the picture celebrated by already existing tradition - by tour, this time to Dnepropetrovsk. The program included: ex-Ekaterinoslav sightseeing tour, visit of the Space museum, Tsarichanka's regional center and "Galushkivska Sich" where workers of Westron got acquainted with traditions, entertainments and a life of the Cossack settlement, rode horses and visited master classes on the Petrikovskaya painting, pottery, Ukrainian folk doll “Motanka” and other traditional folk handicrafts.


The Fifth International Scientific-Technical Conference “Nuclear Power Plant Instrumentation and Control Systems: Safety Aspects”
October 3, 2013

The Fifth International Scientific-Technical Conference “Nuclear Power Plant Instrumentation and Control Systems: Safety Aspects” which was organized by the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine and the State Enterprise "State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety", together with Department of Nuclear Physics and Power Engineering of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the National Nuclear Energy Generating Company “Energoatom” and the Ukrainian nuclear society took place on October 1 - 2 in Kharkov.

Westron's employees took an active part in this conference. The report: "Westron. Modern control and management systems for the NPPs and TPPs" was submitted at the general plenary session and a number of the reports devoted to topical issues of creation of systems for the NPPs were presented at the thematic sections meetings. Particularly:
  • "The concept of NPP postemergency monitoring system for power units No. 1,2 of South Ukraine NPP";
  • "Experience in the problem solution of maintenance automation of Emergency Operating Procedures (EOP)";
  • "Experience in reconstruction of control systems for reserve diesel power plants of power units of WWER-440, WWER-1000";
  • "Reconstruction of radiation control system with expansion of functions of the power unit No. 1 of the Rovno NPP".
Westron celebrates the 19th anniversary
August 1, 2013

Westron celebrated its 19th anniversary on September 29. On the eve of its Birthday for the second time by now Westron organized an exhibition of creative works of the company staff. This time it was competition of the pies made by Westron staff. Winners and participants of this competition, chosen by qualified jury, were awarded during traditional solemn meeting of labor collective. And then all masterpieces were successfully eaten behind a table d'hôte.
Software and Hardware Complex of Automatic Control System Backup Diesel Electric Station for Diesel-Generator Set ASD 5600 SHC "Vulcan-M-BDES-ICS"
November 26, 2013

The software and hardware complexes of automatic control system backup diesel-electric stations (SHC ACS BDES) for diesel-generator set ASD 5600 (DGS) tests are completed at Westron enterprise.
Filing System in Ñonditions of Design and Beyond Design Basis Accidents ("a Black Box") for the Power Unit No. 1 of the South-Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant
November 29, 2013

Filing system in conditions of design and beyond design basis accidents ("a black box") for the power unit No. 1 of the South-Ukraine nuclear power plant have been successfully put into operation.
The system is developed and manufactured by Westron enterprise with use of the duplicated high-speed fiber-optical and wireless data links allowing to transfer the current technological information of the power unit and also the audioinformation of operations personnel negotiations by telephony and operative communication systems and information flows from the devices of video surveillance placed on control rooms of power unit to "the black boxes" of internal and external crisis centers.
This system implementation completely satisfies the requirements of existing normative documents and is directed on the safety increase, allowing to find out and analyze the reasons of emergencies and accidents and to develop the measures on their elimination.


Implementation of the Clarifier Control System at the TPP Slavyanskaya
December 19, 2013

Westron has implemented the Clarifier No. 3 Control System (CCS) of TPP Slavyanskaya. It is already the second similar CCS implemented by Westron at TPP Slavyanskaya. Clarifier No. 4 CS is in operation since 2011 and during this time the system confirmed its high technical and operational characteristics.


Safety system code review for Barakah NPP (UAE)
December 25, 2013

Westron and Westinghouse Electric Company (USA) have signed a contract for a round of independent code review performed by Westron for Westinghouse’s Safety System software for Barakah Nuclear Power Plant (UAE).
Barakah NPP is a first nuclear power plant in United Arab Emirates with four APR-1400 units to be built sequentially by Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) jointly with Westinghouse. The first Unit is scheduled for putting into operation in 2017.


Westron Has Concluded the Equipment Supply Contract with Armenian NPP
December 27, 2013

Westron has concluded the contract of additional equipment supply for emergency diesel generator control systems of Armenian NPP.
Emergency diesel generator control systems developed and produced by Westron are in successful operation at Armenian NPP since 2009. Automatic control system backup diesel-electric stations (ACS BDES) developed by Westron are also implemented at Rivne and South-Ukrainian NPPs.
Three ACS BDES have been implemented at SU NPP Power Unit No. 1 in 2013 and also software and hardware for ACS BDES with diesel-generator set (DGS) ASD 5600 which are widely used at NPPs with VVER-1000 have been produced and successfully passed the factory tests.
The Westron enterprise has the unique experience of modernization of automatic control systems backup diesel-electric stations of NPPs. The basic solutions of SHCs are approved at 13 projects of modernization of ACS BDES NPPs with VVER-440 and VVER-1000:
Period
Implementation object
Diesel-generator set
Quantity of sets
2008-2010
Armenian NPP, Power unit 2
15D100
4
2010-2012
Rivne NPP, Power unit 1 and 2
15D100
6
2011-2013
     South-Ukraine NPP, Power unit 1
12ZV40/48
3
2011-2013
BDES VVER-1000
ASD-5600
3
Article about our Enterprise have been published by International Business Magazine
January 15, 2013

The article with description of our company history and achievements "Westron: Effective automation systems for NPPs and TPPs" have been published in the final fascicle of the magazine "Invest - Ukraine" in 2012 in the section "Energy effectiveness and ecologic. Branch leaders".


Kick-off Meeting of the KhNPP OIDS EOP project
January 25, 2013

A Kick-off meeting of “Development and Implementation of an Automated Operator Information Display System Based on Algorithms of Symptom-Based Emergency Operating Procedures” (OIDS EOP) project, funded by the European Commission under Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC) Program has been held at Khmelnitsky NPP on January 22 - 23, 2013.
Representatives of European Commission, NNEGC Energoatom, all Ukrainian NPPs, Westinghouse, and Westron participated in the Kick-off Meeting. On the Meeting the general organizational and technical decisions for the beginning of project works have been taken.
The project includes design and implementation of OIDS EOP for Khmelnitsky NPP at its Full-Scope Simulator (FSS) and Unit 1 MCR, and also project results dissemination to other Ukrainian NPPs.


Scientific and technical cooperation between Westron LLC and KhAI
January 26, 2013

As part of the “Agreement on scientific and technical cooperation in computer technologies and program engineering for nuclear energy industry” between Westron LLC and the National Aerospace University “Kharkov Aviation Institute” on the chair 503 KhAI has commissioned an educational test bed based on “Vulcan-M” platform.
The newly created test bed will be used to familiarize students and chair personnel with upper level of a modern I&C Systems used at nuclear power plants (NPP).
The test bed is loaded with the Post Accident Monitoring System (PAMS) software. The test bed is provided with specific software for development and execution of simulation scenarios that allow imitation of plant processes development in time.
The test bed will be used, in particular, for study and research of user interface usability assessment approaches for safety-related computer systems used at NPPs.


NNGEC "Energoatom" Carried Out the Audit for Westron LLC Quality Management System
February 14, 2013

The compliance audit of Quality Management System in Westron certified against the ISO 9001:2008 and DSTU ISO 9001:2009 standards and an assessment of production capabilities of Westron according to the supplier assessment program of NAEK "Energoatom" have been completed. Westron possibilities to provide demanded quality during the developing, manufacturing and delivery of systems and software and hardware complex for I & C Systems for NPPs, the software of control and management systems for NPPs, the electronic equipment and constructs are confirmed according to the audit results. According to the audit results it is recommended to prolong the Westron status as the supplier of SE NNGEC "Energoatom" for a period of the next 5 years, till 2018.
Factory Acceptance Test and Delivery of PAMS for SU NPP Have Been Successfully Carried Out
February 28, 2013

Factory acceptance test of Software and Hardware Complex of the post accident monitoring systems (SHC PAMS) for Southern Ukrainian nuclear power plant reactor installation of the power unit No. 1 has been successfully carried out on February 25-26, 2013. The commission included representatives of SU NPP and Ukrainian State Scientific & Engineering Centre of Nuclear and Radiation Safety.
At the concluding meeting of the commission carrying out acceptance tests the basic novelty of the system being the first system of this kind in Ukraine, implemented taking into account new post-Fukushima requirements to postemergency monitoring of the nuclear power plant was noted.
After tests completion on Westron site the delivery of equipment to SU NPP was carried out.


Filing Systems Tests and Delivery for SU NPP
March 25, 2013

On March 21-22, 2013 acceptance tests of filing system have been successfully carried out in Westron site in conditions of design and beyond design basis accidents ("a black box") for the power unit No. 1 of the South-Ukrainian nuclear power plant. The membership of the acceptance inspection included representatives of the Customer (NAEK "Energoatom") and the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine.
During the filing system designing for SU NPP PU ¹1 the special attention was paid to its integration with system of post emergency monitoring (PAMS) and information systems of the nuclear power plants crisis centers to the common complex possessing by increased survivability, capable to assist the personnel of the nuclear power plant with information in the conditions of design and beyond design basis accidents.


Ukrainian-wide Scientific and Technical Seminar "Critical Computer Technologies and Systems"
April 15, 2013

Westron's employees took part in work of constantly operating Ukrainian-wide scientific and technical seminar "Critical computer technologies and systems" on the subject "Information Technologies of Accidents Monitoring and Safety Assessment of man-machine systems" which was on April 3.
Vitaly Tilinsky, Westron chief engineer specializing in projects of information systems has presented the report "A problem of nuclear power plant postemergency monitoring: the decision on the example of PAMS for SU NPP PU ¹1" in which tasks and functions of PAMS, its place in structure of information
systems of the nuclear power plant, the latest requirements to the similar systems, formulated after accident on the Fukushima plant, and also Westron's experiment on the problems solution of postemergency monitoring on the example of PAMS for SU NPP PU ¹1 were reviewed in detail.


SHC USEPS Acceptance Tests and Delivery for RNPP
May 21, 2013

Acceptance tests of Software and Hardware Complex of unit system of essential power supply (SHC USEPS) of power units ¹¹ 3, 4 of the Rivne nuclear power plant were successfully carried out in Westron on May 17-18, 2013. The commission included representatives of SD RNPP and SSTC NRS.
Structurally, SHC USEPS is realized in the form of two sets of the equipment and intended for providing with essential power supply RNPP II category consumers of normal operation systems of power units ¹¹ 3, 4 in the conditions of deenergizing.
The supply of equipment on RNPP was carried out after completion of tests on Westron's industrial platform.
SHC USEPS implementation into trial operation is planned for 2013.


Publication in the "Automation World" Magazine
May 31, 2013

The article "SHC Vulcan-M-BDES in the automatic control system of backup diesel-electric stations of NPP" is published in the specialized magazine called "Automation World», ¹ 2 for May, 2013, in the section "Decisions".
NNEGC "Energoatom" Leading Experts Visit LLC “Westron”
July 19, 2013

Meeting of Council of specialists in electrotechnical equipment of NNEGC "Energoatom" was held in Kharkov on July 15-18, 2013. Among participants of meeting of Council there were leading specialists-electricians of NNEGC "Energoatom" and nuclear power plants of Ukraine, electro shops managers, representatives of SSTC NRS, DKS and others. One of meetings of Council was held at our enterprise. Participants of meeting examined achievements and prospects of development of LLC “Westron” with interest.

Automatic Control Systems Backup Diesel-Electric Stations (ACS BDES) of Power Unit No. 1  of the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant  successfully put into operation
July 29, 2013

Reconstruction and implementation into operation of automatic control system backup diesel-electric station (ACS BDES) of the third channel of safety systems (SS3) of the power unit No. 1 is successfully completed on South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant. Complex tests of ACS BDES were carried out by the commission with participation of representatives of NNEGC, SNRIU and SSTC NRS. Works were performed in the shortest terms, thanks to a wide experience of Westron experts received during the putting into operation the previous ten sets of ACS BDES on the nuclear power plant of Ukraine and Armenia.
During the reconstruction the replacement of the outmoded and exhausted equipment of control systems of SHC “Vulcan-M-BDES” generally marketed by LLC Westron intended for reconstruction of the diesel – generators control systems 15D100, ÀÑÄ-5600, "Zultser" and other types was executed.

Implementation of Ensuring SW of CS Tests by Overpressure on Power Units No.1, 2 of the SU NPP
August 9, 2013

Acceptance tests of the software (SW) developed by Westron for tests of the containment systems (CS) for Power Units No.1, 2 by overpressure have been successfully finished at South-Ukrainian NPP on August 5, 2013. Developed SW allows automating process of data collecting and processing during tests of CS, increasing the accuracy of calculations of leak parameters and simplifying formation of protocols by results of tests. Implemented SW provides tests carrying out with use of present control equipment I&CS that allowed refusing of separate specialized software and hardware complex (SHC) use.
On August 8, 2013 developed SW was applied in the course of tests of CS of PU No. 2 and showed compliance to expected characteristics and Customer’s needs.

Khmelnitsky NPP and LLC “Westron” Specialists Meeting
August 9, 2013

From August 6 to August 8, 2013 the meeting of the Joint Work Group on the EuropeAid/131899/C/SER/UA project "Development and Implementation of an Automated Operator Information Display System Based on Algorithms of Symptom-Based Emergency Operating Procedures" project (OIDS EOP) took place in Netishyn city. Experts of Westron and Khmelnitsky NPP and also the representative of Joint Support Office of European Commission projects (JSO) took part in the meeting. The meeting was devoted to coordination of technical details of realization of the user interface and calculation algorithms of OIDS EOP.
The project provides development of the system of the emergency computerized instructions which will allow increasing efficiency of actions of operation personnel at emergency on the nuclear power plant.
Automatic Control Systems Backup Diesel-Electric Stations (ACS BDES) of Power Unit No. 1 of the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant successfully put into operation
September 2, 2013

Reconstruction and implementation into operation of automatic control system backup diesel-electric station (ACS BDES) of the second channel of safety systems (SS2) of the power unit No. 1 is successfully completed on South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant. Reconstruction ACS BDES of the first channel of safety systems (SS1) will be completed during outage - 2013.


Testing of SAF Tehnika’s Radio-Relay Stations
September 16, 2013

Westron and SAF Tehnika (Latvia) carried out testing of Radio-Relay Stations CFIP 11 Lumina on compliance with standards ETSI EN 300 019-1-4 and ETSI EN 300 019-1-3 in part of seismic resistance. The tests have been done at one of Ukrainian Tests-and-Certification Centers. At the tests results it was confirmed the SAF Tehnika’s equipment, used by Westron at the projects for Ukrainian NPPs, is fully agreed with rigid demands made to it.

Radio-Relay Stations CFIP 11 Lumina are used for data transmitting to the Crisis Centers of South-Ukraine NPP in Information Storage System for Design-Basis and Beyond Design-Basis Accident Conditions ("Black Box") that is being implemented by Westron LLC at SUNPP.
SHC ACS BDES for ASD 5600 is built on the basis of the “Vulcan-M” hardware which is serially manufactured according to Technical specifications approved by NNEGC "Energoatom" and coordinated by SNRIoU. SHC on the basis of "Vulcan-M" hardware is successfully operated in Ukraine and other countries.

SHC "Vulcan-M-BDES-ICS" area of application:
  • intended for modernization of ACS BDES with diesel-generator set ASD-5600;
  • can be used at modernization of ACS BDES of VVER-440 and VVER-1000 Power plants' safety systems and unit systems (plants) of BDES of NPP;
  • provides automation of control and management by all BDES processes (4th level of automation).
  • realizes the information interaction between information-control system of Power unit (ICS/PCS), universal time system and unit system of NPP diagnostics;
  • provides adaptation to the possible differences of volume of reconstruction carring out .

SHC "Vulcan-M-BDES-ICS" meet the technical requirements of NNEGC "Energoatom" for modernization of backup diesel-generators control system of Zaporizhzhya NPP power units No. 1, 2 within realization of Complex Consolidated Safety Upgrade Program No. 14404.
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