IAEA aims safety commitment at Belarus NPP

10 September 2019

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has observed a commitment by the operator of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (NPP) to strengthening safety, ahead of the start of commercial operations of the NPP’s first unit. The team also identified areas for further safety enhancement to assure operational readiness.

The Pre-Operational Safety Review Team (Pre-OSART) concluded an 18-day mission recently at the facility in Ostrovets, where Belarus is completing construction of its first NPP. The plant comprises two 1194 megawatt-electric units of the Russian VVER technology, with the first unit expected to begin operation next year.

Pre-OSART missions aim to assist nuclear operators in strengthening the operational safety of nuclear power plants. The missions identify areas for safety enhancement by assessing proposed operational programmes against IAEA safety standards and making recommendations where appropriate.

The review covered operational programmes under implementation, including the following areas: leadership and management for safety; training and qualification; operations; maintenance; technical support; operating experience; radiation protection; chemistry; emergency preparedness and response; accident management; and commissioning.

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