Rosatomflot - Radiation Portal Monitors

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Nordisk Sikkerhet AS is working with FSUE Atomflot, the owner and operator of Russian nuclear-powered icebreakers and special vessels, to improve physical security at Atomflot's facility near the city of Murmansk. This project is being carried out in anticipation of active work to implement commitments by the Russian Federation to remove spent nuclear fuel from Andreeva Bay and Gremikha. The improvements include replacing three older fixed radiation portal monitors (RPMs) – a railroad RPM, vehicle RPM, and pedestrian RPM – with modern, certified RPMs.

The project is supported by the Norwegian government and fits in the geographical area of the Norwegian government Action Plan for 2013-2017, which covers projects and activities in the north-west of Russia and in the former Soviet Union (FSU). 

Project Milestones:

  • 3 September 2014 - Project grant application submitted to Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA);

  • 7 July 2015 - Project approved by NRPA;

  • 9 December 2015 - Nordisk Sikkerhet and Atomflot sign framework agreement on implementation of measures to enhance safety and security at Atomflot;

  • 22 December 2015 - Opening of tender to supply RPMs;

  • 29 January 2016 - Closing of tender to supply RPMs;

  • 12 February 2016 - Tender awarded to Yafi - Nuclear Physics Research Scientific Engineering Centre;

  • March-April 2016 - Equipment manufacturing at Yafi, Saint-Petersbur, Russia;

  • 25 May 2016 - Nordisk Sikkerhet and Atomflot participate in factory acceptance testing of RPMs; 

  • 22 June 2016 - RPMs, spare parts, and approved design documentation for installation of RPMs delivered to FSUE Atomflot; 

  • July-August 2016 - Disassembling old existing RPMs; performance of construction and installation works in accordance with the developed design documentation; commissioning, including installation, start up, and adjustment; equipping the operator’s workplace; 

  • 27 September 2016 - Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) visits FSUE Atomflot and verifies RPMs installation and operation;

  • End of October 2016 - Testing of RPMs by an independent third-party organization with sources of ionising radiaiton: Eu-152; Co-60; Am-241; All tests were successful;

  • 24-25 October 2016 - Provision of training on operation and servicing of RPMs for the FSUE Atomflot personnel;

  • 27 October 2016 - Project registration as international technical assistance. Certificate #9656 issued by the Commission on international humanitarian and technical assistance of the Government of the Russian Federation;

  • 24 November 2016 - Signature of equipment acceptance act by Atomflot, Nordisk Sikkerhet AS, and the equipment supplier ”Yafi”;

  • 27 March 2017 - Completion of external audit of the project;

  • 27 March 2017 - Final project report sent to NRPA;

  • 22 June 2017 - Final project report approval by NRPA.