Security: IAEA Mission Sees Safety Commitment by France’s Civaux Nuclear Power Plant
- May 13, 2022 8:01 pm GMT
The Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) concluded on 13 May a five-day follow up mission to the Civaux NPP to evaluate progress made in addressing the findings of the OSART mission conducted three years ago. The plant, which is located around 40 km southeast of the city of
OSART missions aim to improve operational safety by objectively assessing safety performance using the IAEA’s safety standards and proposing recommendations and suggestions for improvement where appropriate.
“Over the past three years, the plant staff made significant efforts to improve operational safety at Civaux NPP by responding to the recommendations and suggestions by the OSART team during the OSART mission in 2019,” said team leader
The five-member team comprised two experts from the
The team observed that several findings from the mission in 2019 were fully addressed and resolved, including by implementing improvements in the following areas:
- The effectiveness and timeliness of corrective actions related to the implementation and use of operating experience.
- The extension of the scope of the practical training, exercises and drills for the personnel involved in the implementation of the severe accident management guidelines at the plant.
- The vigilance of all personnel to potential fire hazards to ensure compliance with existing prevention measures.
The team noted that further enhancements are required to fully address some other findings from the mission in 2019, including in the following areas:
- The processes and practices to manage temporary modifications limited in time and in number.
- The foreign material exclusion programme to eliminate the risk of foreign objects entering plant equipment and systems.
- The upgrade of full scope simulator modelling to ensure control room operators are provided with a realistic training.
”During this follow up mission, I am pleased that the
The team provided a draft report of the mission to the plant management. They will have the opportunity to make factual comments on the draft. These comments will be reviewed by the
General information about OSART missions can be found on the
Follow up missions are standard components of the OSART programme and are typically conducted within two years of the initial mission.
The IAEA Safety Standards provide a robust framework of fundamental principles, requirements, and guidance to ensure safety. They reflect an international consensus and serve as a global reference for protecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation.
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