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04.07.2018 10:06
EU investigators approved the Belarusian under-construction nuclear power plant

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The EU investigators concluded on Tuesday, that the under-construction nuclear power plant in Belarus complies with the EU’s ‘stress tests’, EURACTIV reports. However, the experts made several recommendations to the national regulator.

The European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) gave the Ostrovets nuclear power plant an “overall positive” review, following a site investigation that took place in March this year.

The stress tests aim to ensure nuclear power plants comply with the strict criteria established by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). They were specifically set up by the European Commission and ENSREG as a direct reaction to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Three main areas are addressed in the report: first, the site’s resilience to extreme natural events like earthquakes and flooding; second, the capacity of the plant to respond to electric power outages; and finally, “severe accident management’.

According to the findings, the site is resistant to earthquakes, flooding and extreme weather. However, the investigators warned that seismic data was not fully available and recommended to the regulator to ensure that run-off water cannot enter safety-related buildings.

ENSREG’s new report also praised the heat removal safety systems of the plant, as they can operate passively for a 24-hour-period even during blackouts. However, the report suggested that extra contingency measures like backup water pumps should be installed.

Other parts of the report’s positive assessment included the advanced training centre on site, which is complete with a dummy control room that can simulate most emergency situations, and the plant’s in-house fire brigade.

The report will be published online on the website of ENSREG, on the 5th July, while the plant is expected to start coming online in the next year.

TAGS: nuclear | power plant | Belarus | NPP | ENSREG | EU | Commission | nuclear power plant 

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