Commissioning of automatic control system of heating plant of unit No. 1 process conditions at the South-Ukrainian NPP has been successfully completed. Software and hardware complex (S&HC) developed by Westron LLC provides operation of six control loops. As a specific features of development may regard application of improved control algorithms which made position sensor of operating mechanism in the deaerator level control unnecessary which has considerably enhanced the system reliability.
System compliance with the given technical requirements including operation under strongly disturbances and system readiness to commercial operation has been confirmed as a result of commissioning.
OIDS EOP Trial Operation at KhNPP FSS
March 27, 2015
Preliminary integrated tests of the automated operator information display system based on algorithms of symptom-based emergency operating procedures (OIDS EOP) were carried out at Khmelnitsky NPP PU No.1 full-scale simulator (FSS) on March 11-27.
As the results of the tests the OIDS EOP compliance to design documentation, symptom-based emergency operating procedures of KhNPP PU No.1 and requirements of Technical Specification for the system was confirmed.
The OIDS EOP system is recognized ready to trial operation at KhNPP PU No.1 FSS.
The OIDS EOP system implementation at KhNPP is being carried out under the European Commission project "Development and implementation of the OIDS EOP (U1.05/09T3)". KhNPP was chosen among the Ukrainian NPPs as pilot one for the OIDS EOP system implementation.
Factory Acceptance Test of the "Vulcan-M" equipment for Kozloduy NPP (Bulgaria)
May 28, 2015
Factory Acceptance Test of the "Vulcan-M" equipment set for modernization of Instrumentation & Control Systems in Auxiliary Building No. 3 of Kozloduy NPP (Bulgaria) has been successfully completed at Westron site.
Manufactured equipment includes 6 Current Signals Multiplication Cabinets that provide the six-channel multiplication of each of 432 input signals. Besides, complete set of received and diagnostic parameters are being transmitted through the data link to the "Ovation" equipment.
Supply of the equipment to Bulgaria is scheduled for June, 2015.
Westron performs activities on development, production, tests and supply of the cabinets in frame of the Contract with "Westinghouse Energy Systems LLC - Branch Bulgaria" (Bulgaria).
Meeting on the European Commission Project
November 3, 2014
The next meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on the European Commission project "Development and Implementation of an automated operator information display system based on algorithms of symptom-based emergency operating procedures U1.05/09T3" (OIDS EOP) for Ukrainian NPPs was held in Czech Republic (Temel?n NPP) in October 30 - 31.
Leading experts of NNEGC Energoatom, Khmelnytska NPP, South-Ukraine NPP, Zaporizhzhya NPP, Rivne NPP, Joint Research Centre, Westinghouse Electric Czech Republic and Westron LLC took part in this meeting.
Westron representatives have informed participants with the information about state of project implementation for pilot NPP (KhNPP) and demonstrated operation of the OIDS EOP during emergency situations prevention in power unit, they also provided tools for electronic EOPs development and support during its operation.
As a result of the meeting it was decided that solutions implemented in the system provide effective operators support during emergency procedures implementation, the OIDS EOP of KhNPP (pilot NPP) can be used as a basis for the OIDS EOP development at all Ukrainian NPPs.
Westron Quality Management System Compliance Audit with the Standard ISO 9001:2008
October 23, 2014
Westron passed quality management system audit on compliance with the international standard ISO 9001:2008 requirements. Certificate validity was approved by this audit. Audit was provided by specialists of certification agency "TUV SUD".
South-Ukrainian NPP Unit No.1 Information Storage System Acceptance Tests in Design Based and Beyond Design Based Accidents Conditions ("black box")
October 28, 2014
Acceptance tests of South-Ukrainian NPP unit No.1 information storage system designed by Westron LLC in design based and upon design based accidents conditions ("black box") have been successfully carried out. System compliance to specified technical requirements and characteristics and system readiness for commissioning has been confirmed.
Acceptance Tests of PAMS Software and Hardware Complexes of SU NPP Internal and External Crisis Centers
July 29, 2015
Acceptance tests of the software and hardware complexes of post accident monitoring systems for the internal and external crisis centers (SHC PAMS CC) of South-Ukraine nuclear power plant have been successfully carried out on July 27-28, 2015. The commission was composed of representatives of SU NPP and SSTC NRS.
SHC PAMS CC are intended for operator actions information support in cases of accidents in the crisis centers and post accident conditions and provide display and recording of operative technological information receiving from PAMS, I&CS/SSPP of three units and ARCCS of SU NPP.
Information is displayed on workplaces of the Engineering Support Unit and Headquarters of Site Crisis Manager.
SHC of the internal crisis center also provides:
information display on workplace of the shift supervisor, head shift supervisor and subscribers of local data-processing network of SU NPP;
data transfer to the crisis center of the NNEGC "Energoatom" and SNRIU;
data reception from full scale simulators FSS-1 and FSS-3 in the mode of training emergency activities and provision of the substitute information on workplaces involved into training.
Equipment Supply for RODOS System
August 7, 2015
Westron has supplied the main volume of the equipment under the U1.05/09 T6 project "Development of an enhanced totally integrated SE NNEGC Energoatom/NPP control system of the effective management and coordinated response to emergency situations: hardware supply for implementation of RODOS system in Ukraine" which is financed by the European Commission.
Once RODOS system was implemented Ukraine would receive the modern decision support system (DSS) for the emergency response to nuclear and radiation accidents. DSS is based on results of a numerical weather forecast (for modeling of atmospheric dispersion of radionuclides) with use of online data of radiation monitoring systems around the NPP. The RODOS system equipment is placed at the SE NNEGC "Energoatom" site (Kiev), on platforms of all NPPs of Ukraine, at the Ukrainian hydrometeorological center site (UkrHMC).
So far Westron has supplied and carried out commissioning of the computer equipment, and also the diesel generator for the Centre of prognosis of radiological accident consequences created in the Ukrainian hydrometeorological center (Kiev), workstations and printers for the SE NNEGC "Energoatom" Crisis center, Zaporizhye NPP, Rivne NPP, Khmelnytsky NPP, South Ukrainian NPP and operational division of main office of the State Emergency Service.
Automatic meteorological stations VAISALA MAWS301 are mounted on platforms of ZNPP and UkrHMC (Nikopol). Now the complex of actions for delivery of measuring system of vertical profiles of the meteorological parameters SODAR to Zaporizhye NPP is realized.
The completion of all works on the equipment supply is planned for December, 2015.
Coordination and Review Board Meeting of the SE NNEGC "Energoatom" on I&CS
September 18, 2015
On September 16-17, 2015 a meeting of the coordination and review board of the SE NNEGC "Energoatom" on I&CS was held in Westron.
It included representatives of the NNEGC "Energoatom", NPPs of Ukraine, State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine and also representatives from other enterprises and companies performing works on I&CS for NPPs.
Supervisory Audit for Compliance of the Westron's Quality Management System with the Standard ISO 9001:2008
October 8, 2015
Westron successfully passed the supervisory audit for compliance of the quality management system with the international standard ISO 9001:2008. According to the results of the audit the validity of the certificate for the Quality Management System has been confirmed. The audit was conducted by the experts of the certification body "TUV SUD".
Works for Paks NPP (Hungary)
November 10, 2015
On 6 November in Sofia at the site of the Bulgarian branch of Westinghouse company (USA) factory tests of control loops software and hardware complex (S&HC) of the Paks NPP unit No.3 (Hungary) were successfully completed.
The main contractor to perform the works under the project is Westinghouse company. Within the project Westron performed the whole range of works on development of video frames software within the shortest possible period of time.
Second Stage of Factory Acceptance Test of the "Vulcan-M" equipment for Kozloduy NPP (Bulgaria)
December 04, 2015
Westron`s "Vulcan-M" equipment for modernization of the Instrumentation & Control Systems in Auxiliary Building No. 3 of Kozloduy NPP (Bulgaria) has successfully passed the second stage of the factory acceptance test.
The equipment includes 6 current multiplier cabinets that additionally provide transmitting of all input signals values and equipment self-diagnostic parameters to the Ovation equipment through a digital data link.
Also Westron specialists performed training of the NPP personnel on operation and maintenance of the equipment.
The Acceptance Test was done at Oskar-EL Ltd. site (Sofia, Bulgaria) with participation of Kozloduy NPP representatives.
Installation of the equipment at Kozloduy NPP is scheduled for March, 2016.
Westron performs these activities under its contract with "Westinghouse Energy Systems LLC - Branch Bulgaria" (Bulgaria).
South Ukraine NPP Power Unit No.2 Started Operating at Beyond Design Period
December 15, 2015
On December 13 at 16:20 South Ukraine NPP (SU NPP) power unit No.2 was connected to Ukraine's power system after completion of scheduled preventive maintenance (SPM) and implementation of activities to extend its operational life at beyond design period (http://www.sunpp.mk.ua/ru/news/news_sunpp/3277 (available only in Russian). During SPM the NPP and contractors' personnel performed significant amount of work on upgrade and implementation of new systems to ensure a safe operation of power unit at beyond design period.
Westron team made its contribution to meeting this challenge by providing implementation of such new fundamental power unit I&C systems as the post accident monitoring system (PAMS) and system for keeping information in the design based and beyond design based accidents conditions ("black box"), upgrade of SU NPP crisis centers.
Westron Participated in All-Ukrainian Table Tennis Tournament for IT-Specialists
December 17, 2015
Annual table-tennis tournament for teams from IT-companies "Table Tennis IT Cup Kharkiv Open 2015" took place on December 12. 24 teams from 6 cities of Ukraine participated in it: Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhe, Vinnitsa, Kiev and, of course, Kharkiv. Westron team was among Kharkiv citizens competed for cup and won 3th position in II final.