21 Jul 16

International review highlights good safety practice at Sizewell B

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) review of Sizewell B has been published following a visit by industry experts to the station last year. 

The IAEA has carried out reviews at 188 nuclear stations since the programme started in 1982. These reviews are carried out by an Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) which is appointed by the IAEA and comprises nuclear industry experts from across the world.  

The three week long visits enable a thorough review of operational safety at nuclear power stations and promotes the continuous development of the industry by ensuring IAEA safety standards are met and good practices shared across the world.  The reviews culminate in a detailed report being produced which highlights areas of good practice and recommendations for improvement.  

The review carried out by 15 industry experts in October 2015 at Sizewell B highlighted a number of good areas of performance at the station including; the Nuclear Leadership Programme highlighting the inclusion of workshops to train current and emerging leaders on important nuclear leadership principles, and; the station’s Periodic Safety Review (PSR2) process which they considered to be comprehensive, rigorous and based on benchmarking with a wide range of modern safety standards.  The well developed and documented process to ensure that emergency exercises comprehensively cover the situations that could arise during emergencies was also recognised.

Stuart Crooks, EDF Energy’s Managing Director for the Generation business said:  “We are passionate about continuously learning and driving to achieve even higher standards across our nuclear power stations.  An important way of achieving this is through regular in-depth reviews involving international experts.  The three week review at Sizewell B enabled a thorough assessment of operational safety at the station, helping to ensure that IAEA safety standards are met and good practices shared across the world. The report highlights many strengths at the power station including the training of employees, the rigorous approach to safety reviews, and also emergency training preparedness. Importantly, the report also gave advice on areas where we could improve further. We will address these areas and invite the IAEA back to review our progress.” 

You can read the OSART report here.

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EDF Energy Media
Media Relations Team
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EDF Energy in the East of England

In the East of England EDF Energy operates Sizewell B power station which employs 575 staff and 250 contracting partners. EDF Energy has completed Stage One consultation for Sizewell C which would be capable of supplying power to some 5 million homes and would employ 900 staff when operational.
As well as generating enough power to serve some 2.5million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to 270,000 customers in this region with over half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Ministry of Defence, Morrisons and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust right here in the East of England. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.