European experts to visit Belarusian NPP

European experts to visit Belarusian NPP

Is Belarusian nuclear power plant (NPP) ready for extreme situations? This issue will be discussed by European experts.

Starting March 12, they will work in Belarus as part of a partner program to verify the results of stress tests. They are representatives of 15 states.

The delegation is headed by Mark Foy, Chief Nuclear Inspector at the Office for Nuclear Regulation of the United Kingdom.

Prior to the visit, the specialists studied Belarus' national report on inspections in 2016 and asked questions on it. Back then the resistance of the station against various phenomena was checked. Now the inspectors plan to hold consultations and visit the construction site in Astravyets. The information obtained will form the basis for a preliminary audit report.

The practice of stress tests at nuclear power plants appeared after the accident at the Japanese Fukushima in 2011, caused by an earthquake. A need to better protect nuclear power plants from natural disasters and their consequences became relevant afterwards.

Belarus acceded to the joint declaration of the EU and its neighboring states on stress tests and assumed the obligations to conduct them.