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Russian Navy Fresh Fuel MPC&A Training
Vladimir M. Shmelev, Vladimir K. Sukhoruchkin, and Yuri R. Opanassiouk, R EC El V ED
Kurchatov Institute, Kurchatov Square, Moscow 123182, Russia JUL 13
Paul E. Rexroth, Sandia National Laboratories
P.O. Box 5800, MS-0765, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 O S T I
Harry M. Forehand. Los Alamos National Laboratory,
P.O. Box 1663, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545
Parker O'Shell, U.S. Department of Energy, Russian Nuclear Materials Security Task Force
1000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20585
The goal of the Russian Navy Fuels Program is to incorporate nuclear fuel that is in the custody
of the Russian Navy into a materials protection, control and accounting program. In addition to
applying MPC&A upgrades to existing facilities, a program is underway to train site personnel in
MPC&A activities. The goal is to assure that the upgraded facilities will be managed, operated
and maintained in an effective, sustainable manner. Training includes both the conceptual and
necessary operational aspects of the systems and equipment.
The project began with a Needs Assessment to identify priorities and objectives of required
training. This led to the creation of a series of classes developed by Kurchatov Institute. One
course was developed to allow attendees to get a general understanding of goals and objectives of
nuclear MPC&A systems in the context of the Russian Navy. A follow-on course provided the
detailed skills necessary for the performance of specialized duties. Parallel sessions with hands-on
exercises provided the specific training needed for different personnel requirements. The courses
were presented at KI facilities in Moscow.
This paper will review the work to date and future plans for this program.
The Training Project is part of the U.S.-Russian Federation Materials Protection, Control, and
Accounting (MPC&A) Cooperative Program to protect Russian Navy Fuels. The goal of the
overall program is to upgrade the physical protection and item accountancy of the fuel
assemblies of Russian Navy reactors. The program will upgrade the land-based storage of
Russian Navy fresh fuels, the floating platforms that are used for fuel storage and reloading to
Russian Navy reactors, and inter-site land transportation. Two land-based fresh fuels storage
facilities and three floating platforms have been chosen for immediate MPC&A upgrade.
Specific instructions for operating and maintaining upgraded MPC&A systems will be
prepared for each of the facilities.
An important facet of the program is training development. Training will help ensure effective,
long-term operation and maintenance of MPC&A systems. A goal of the training program is
to instill in managers a culture of sustainable commitment to MPC&A through the
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Forehand, Harry M.; O'Shell, Parker; Opanassiouk, Yuri R.; Rexroth, Paul E.; Shmelev, Vladimir & Sukhoruchkin, Vladimir K. Russian Navy Fresh Fuel MPC and A Training, article, July 6, 1999; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc783433/m1/1/: accessed April 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.