Improved safety at France’s Golfech NPP

28 May 2019

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) team has said EDF, the operator of France’s Golfech NPP, has strengthened operational safety by addressing the findings of an earlier review of the plant, which comprises two operating 1300 MWe pressurised water reactors. The five-member team comprised experts from Brazil and Russia, as well as three IAEA officials. The team noted that the Golfech plant had modified the monitoring and cleaning of cooling water systems in response to a suggestion from the 2016 review, and that significant progress had been made on several other recommendations and suggestions. Team leader Yury Martynenko, a senior nuclear safety officer at the IAEA said: "The OSART team encourages the plant to complete all the remaining improvement actions as planned and to build on this momentum to improve its safety performance further." Plant management should better track corrective actions to support more effective resolutions of issues on site and the plant should continue to improve the quality of maintenance work. In addition, plant personnel should systematically use human-performance tools to prevent errors and the plant should more efficiently manage design modifications. 

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