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Publication of International Atomic Energy Agency review of Operational Safety at Heysham 2 Power Station

By EDF | Posted April 03, 2024

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has published its review of Heysham 2 power station’s operational safety following a three week visit to the station in October 2023.

The visit was carried out by an Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) made up of nuclear industry experts from across the world. The IAEA has carried out more than 200 of these reviews since 1982. They provide a thorough review of operational safety at nuclear power stations and promote sharing of good practice and continuous development of the industry.

The review team noted nine areas of good practice at Heysham 2 which can be replicated globally and provided eight recommendations for further improvement. 

Heysham 2 Station Director, Martin Cheetham, said: “The nuclear industry is always working to drive forward improvement, which is why regular in-depth reviews involving international experts are important. They supplement our own internal processes and our work with our regulator, the ONR.

“The three week review at Heysham 2 enabled a thorough assessment of operational safety at the station, helping to ensure that the IAEA’s global safety standards are met and good practices shared across the world. The report highlights strengths in training, operations and chemistry and also made recommendations in areas where we could improve further.

“Safety is our overriding priority and we greatly value the recommendations provided to the station. We have also invited the IAEA back to review our progress.”

You can read the OSART report here.



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It generates low carbon electricity from five nuclear power stations and more than thirty onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms.

EDF is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and there are advanced plans for a replica at Sizewell C in Suffolk. Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C will provide low carbon electricity to meet 14% of UK demand and power around 12 million homes.

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