April 16, 2019 – On the second day of the XI International Forum "ATOMEXPO 2019", Joint-Stock Company Rusatom Automated Control Systems (JSC RASU) and TECNATOM (Spain) signed the Memorandum of Understanding securing the agreement of the parties to implement joint projects in the nuclear power sector.
On behalf of JSC RASU, the document was signed by Mr. Andrey Butko, Chief Executive Officer, TECNATOM was represented by Mr. Francisco Javier Guerra Saiz, Director General.
The signed Memorandum identifies the areas, which are interesting for both parties, including digital solutions and human-machine interface, development of engineering and full-scope simulators, monitoring and diagnostics systems for specific nuclear construction projects.
Based on the existing positive experience of commercial cooperation in the area of instrumentation and control systems for nuclear power plants, the Memorandum secures the intention of the parties to extend their collaboration in the design of upper-level systems and control rooms for Akkuyu NPP (Turkey) and Hanhikivi NPP (Finland). The parties are planning to work together in life extension projects at NPPs of the Russian and non-Russian design, primarily with regard to monitoring and diagnostics systems, and to cooperate in the area of personnel training and training platforms for new build nuclear projects in third countries.
According to Andrey Butko, when I&C upper-level systems are designed, the issues of ergonomics, human-machine interface and overall MCR functionality are getting more and more important. “By signing this Memorandum of Understanding, we combine the best available developments and solutions in operator information support systems of RASU and TECNATOM. As a result, we achieve a synergy effect and come closer to the development of a breakthrough product, an augmented reality system in the I&C upper level,” CEO of JSC RASU noted.
According to Javier Guerra, the design, qualification, supply and commissioning of advanced Control Rooms for new NPPs as well as the MCR upgrading and modernization of existing ones for long term operation needs to take carefully into account the highest international standards to reduce Human Error and increase Operation Safety and Efficiency. “By signing this Memorandum of Understanding, we strength RASU and Tecnatom common capabilities and knowledge in I&C, Human Factors Engineering, Human System Interface and Operator Support Systems, in order to develop innovative and integrated solutions for MCR which will allow an improved and more reliable operation of the plants. Extending our cooperation from MCR design to the training of personnel and the development and implementation of modern training platforms and digital tools is a natural step and key part for the successful operation of the new and existing power plants”, CEO of Tecnatom noted.
JSC Rusatom Automated Control Systems (JSC RASU) is part of Rosatom State Corporation. The company is the integrator of I&C and Electrical Engineering businesses. It accumulates the long-term experience of Rosatom’s enterprises in development of automated control systems and comprehensive electrical engineering solutions. Due to the application of in-house information systems and computer-aided design (CAD) systems, the company continuously improves its performance in I&C operation and maintenance, and automated processes make it possible to reduce the duration of works and improve their quality. RASU performs the full scope of activities, from engineering and design to delivery and commissioning of I&C systems and equipment, at electric power facilities inside and outside Russia.
TECNATOM is a Spanish company, an acclaimed global player in the international market of services for nuclear power plants, expert in human factor engineering, design of control rooms and simulators, personnel training, operation support and emergency response, equipment verification, testing and supply.
ATOMEXPO international forum is the main event in the global nuclear industry. This is a major expo and business event, a place where the current state of the industry is discussed and trends for the future are set. The annual forum was first held in 2009. Among the participants, there are top managers of the key players of the global nuclear market – businesses, governmental bodies, international and non-governmental organizations, leading experts.