The summary of a partnership audit of the results of the stress tests of the Belarusian nuclear power plant was presented in the Department of Nuclear and Radioactive Security of the Ministry of Emergency Measures of the Republic of Belarus. The main conclusion is that the station is resistant to abnormal situations.
Twenty European experts, including representatives of the European Commission, the IAEA, Iran and Russia, studied the National Safety Report for Ostrovets Nuclear Power Plant for a month, and then they assessed the situation on the ground.
Mark Foy, the head of the group of European experts on partner testing of stress tests of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, the head of the delegation of the nuclear regulatory office in Great Britain, said that the National Report of Belarus on the results of stress tests at nuclear power plants complies with the requirements of the European Union.
— 460 written questions were sent to Belarus to receive replies, during the partner inspection, — noted Mark Foy. -A very tight time frame was defined, in which it was necessary to give answers… Gosatomnadzor provided answers to all questions, even those that went beyond the topic of stress tests.
International experts appreciated the degree of safety of the station. They noted systems of passive removal of residual heat, the presence of a melt trap, several levels of deep protection. A full-fledged computer simulator is very important. It allows to predict the state of emergency and train the personnel to eliminate it, there is a well-equipped fire station on the territory of the station.
Stress tests of the NPP, taking into account the ENSREG specification, were carried out by Belarus on a voluntary basis in 2016. The national report on the results of stress tests was sent to the European Commission and posted on the Internet in 2017. The conclusion is the Belarusian nuclear power plant is resistant to occurrence of events similar to what happened at Fukushima in 2011.
— Stress tests were conceived and conducted as a one-off unplanned target reassessment of NPP safety for the stability of stations to adverse natural impacts of a different nature and their combination, says Olga Lugovskaya, the head of Gosatomnadzor. This is an additional tool that is designed to assess safety reserves in excess of those laid down in the project for the implementation of mandatory requirements arising from regulatory legal acts.
— Gosatomnadzor will consider and take into account all the recommendations of the partner review when drafting a national action plan to enhance the safety of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, stressed Olga Lugovskaya.
Experts answered questions from journalists and the public.