Review of Accident Management Programme (RAMP)

 
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The Review of Accident Management Programme (RAMP) module provides advice and assistance at the utility/nuclear power plant (NPP) level for an effective plant specific Accident Management Programme (AMP).
Two options are available to Member States:  
  • The Review of Safety Analysis for Accident Management (RSAAM) which includes: selection of accident sequences; selection of analytical tools; analysis of accidents without operator actions; analysis of preventive and mitigative accident management measures; and quality assurance in accident analysis.
  • The Review of the Accident Management Programme which includes a review of: selection and definition of AMP; safety analysis for AMP; assessment of plant vulnerabilities; development of strategies; evaluation of equipment performance; development of procedures and guidelines; verification and validation of procedures and guidelines; staffing and qualification; training needs; and AMP revisions.

The RAMP review service is conducted in accordance with IAEA Safety Guide No. 2.15 (NS-G-2.15) and IAEA Services Series No. 9 (SVS-9).

 
  
A RAMP service is usually conducted in four steps:
  • A seminar/workshop on accident management (Pre-RAMP) which includes: plant behaviour during accidents; severe accident phenomenology; principles of accident management; approaches and their features; development phases and tasks; and international best practices in the development and implementation of an Accident Management Programme.
  • The Mission (RSAAM or RAMP) - with the objective of evaluating the AMP arrangements for the beneficiary NPP and providing recommendations for improvements.
  • Final Experts Meeting - with the objective of compiling conclusions and recommendations and agreeing on the Mission Report.
  • Follow-up Mission - with the objective of evaluating the AMP implementation and safety improvements resulting from the implementation of RAMP Mission recommendations.

Status of reviews:
 
Mission Type
Member State
Year
Service
Pre-RAMP
Pakistan
2004
Kanupp NPP: Emergency control center
Russia:
Workshops
2006
Workshops: Severe accident phenomena, analysis & AMPs, computer code training (MELCOR, ASTEC, RELAP5)
Expert Mission: Development plan & AMP development
China, Pakistan:
Expert Mission
Ukraine: Workshops
2007
Romania: Expert Mission
Mexico: Workshop and Expert Mission
2013
Workshop: Development and implementation of AMP
Expert Mission: Method and tools severe accident analysis
RSAAM
China
2006
Bine: Review analysis results of severe accident in Chinese PWRs
2007
Mexico
2014
Expert Mission: Review and consultation for severe accident analyses for BWR
RAMP
Slovenia
2001
Krsko: Review the first SAMGs
Pakistan
2007
Kanupp: Review post-accident monitoring instrumentation
Lithuania
2007
Ignalina: Review SAMGs for RBMK reactors