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8 Nov 2017

National report on Belarusian nuclear power plant stress tests now in public access

MINSK, 8 November (BelTA) – The national report on the objective revaluation of safety parameters (stress tests) of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is now available to the general public on the website of the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry, BelTA has learned.

The national report offers information about the legislative and regulatory foundation for the safe operation of nuclear installations, information about the location of the nuclear power plant and general parameters of the power-generating units, the concept for ensuring the safety of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. In the course of the stress testing process the resilience of the Belarusian nuclear power plant to extreme external impacts was evaluated. The impacts included earthquakes, flooding, extreme weather phenomena. The safe operation of the nuclear power plant in case of power loss and the loss of the ultimate heat sink was also looked into. A chapter is dedicated to the management of grave emergencies. Possible measures to bolster the safety of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in the face of the mentioned events are stipulated, too.

The report was prepared by an interagency working group with guidance from European experts. Results of the stress tests indicate that safeguards of the Belarusian nuclear power plant have been designed taking into account the thoroughly considered external events while the buildings, structures, and equipment of the Belarusian nuclear power plant have been designed in line with the effective legislation. Safety margins have been determined.

As a result of the stress tests a roadmap has been put together to develop and implement measures to enhance the safety of the Belarusian nuclear power plant.

The report will be reviewed by European experts. An expert group of the European Union is expected to visit Belarus.

The stress tests represent a one-time scheduled evaluation of safety parameters. In line with technical requirements of the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) stress tests are designed to purposefully evaluate nuclear power plants in light of the events that befell the Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011. Stress tests are supposed to include a detailed analysis of extreme weather phenomena and their combinations, which influence safety functions of the nuclear power plant and can result in a major emergency. Belarus volunteered to conduct a comprehensive nuclear safety assessment when the country acceded to the joint declaration on comprehensive risk and safety assessments of nuclear power plants (stress tests) in 2011.

 

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