IAEA Safety Mission Sees Significant Progress at France's Belleville Nuclear Power Plant, Encourages Continued Improvement
- May 31, 2023 2:54 pm GMT
The five-day Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) follow-up mission, which concluded on 26 May, was conducted at the request of the Government of
With its OSART programme, the
Belleville NPP, located around 150 km south of
"We are pleased to observe that the plant has shown a strong commitment by developing and implementing a comprehensive action plan to address the findings from the initial OSART mission in 2021," said
The four-member team comprised experts from
The team observed that several findings from the 2021 review were fully addressed, including:
* The behaviour of operating staff in the main control room has been enhanced through training and close observations of staff when they are conducting their work.
* The plant has improved its quality of incident analysis and investigation by providing targeted training to relevant staff.
* The plant has enhanced its operational practices in ensuring equipment designed to function during earthquake will not be impacted by operation and maintenance activities.
The team noted that further efforts are required to fully implement actions from the 2021 review, including:
* The plant should continue improving work management during operation to ensure that plant activities are completed in a timely manner.
* The plant should continue to enhance its control of maintenance activities.
* The plant should continue its efforts to improve handling and storage of chemical substances in order to improve the safety of personnel and equipment.
"The OSART mission was a valuable exercise," said
The team provided a draft report of the mission to the plant management, who will have the opportunity to make comments. These comments will be reviewed by the
General information about OSART missions can be found on the
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