An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission has concluded that the Russian-built nuclear power plant in Belarus – the country's first, which is being constructed by Atomstroyexport – has “factored in all possible external hazards,” in its design and construction, Rosatom announced in a newsletter.
The announcement from the IAEA came from Grzegorz Rzentkowski of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Safety and Security after a five-day inspection of the plant and local infrastructure. The review, called a Sights and External Events Design review (SEED), “was yet another milestone in the long—term partnership between Belarus and the IAEA,” Rosatom said. The SEED mission was conducted at the request of Belarus. It is customary for the host country to request an IAEA team inspect and report on the safety conditions of a new nuclear power plant.
The mission team included nuclear power experts from the United States, Poland, France, Hungary, Turkey and Romania.
The two-reactor Ostrovets (Astravyets) plant is scheduled for start up in 2018 and 2020, respectively. A contract for the Russian-designed 2400 MWe plant (including two AES-2006 units using two V-491 reactors) was signed in October 2011, according to the World Nuclear Association.
The mission to Belarus took place January 16 through 20. The inspection involved a review of plant structures and “external and internal hazards. They also evaluated the structures' safety margins designed to account for the post-Fukushima requirements,” said Rosatom.
“As part of the mission’s assignment, we concluded that the Belarusian authorities duly accounted for all potential external hazards in the nuclear power plant design,” said Rzentkowski.
A formal report on the mission's findings are to be made public in about 90 days.
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