Ukrainian nuclear power plant to get $9 million simulator

GSE Systems and PNNL have reached agreement on a contract to build a $9 million simulator for Unit 3 of the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Station in eastern Ukraine.

GSE Systems, Inc. (GSE) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have reached agreement on a contract to build a $9 million full scope simulator for Unit 3 of the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Station in eastern Ukraine.

The Zaporizhzhya NPP (ZNPP) operates six 1000 Megawatt nuclear power plants, and is the world’s largest power facility.

The contract is for the third full scope simulator for the site, and represents the specific design and operating characteristics of Unit 3. GSE has already built simulators for ZNPP Units 1 and 5.

The simulator will be used to provide operators with initial training and with refresher operator training in all phases of normal, abnormal, and emergency operations.

The 30-month contract is part of the US Department of Energy’s International Nuclear Safety Program. This project represents a continuation of DOE’s efforts to improve the safety of Russian-designed power plants.