The Belarusian nuclear power plant in Ostrovets, Grodno region, has passed safety tests in compliance with the European Union (EU) standards.
Stop panicking, we are safe!
The Belarusian nuclear power plant has proved its resilience to extreme weather emergencies or other hazards which may hypothetically happen in Belarus.
It can withstand earthquakes and floods, heavy winds and torrential rains, squalls, tornados, hail, dust storms, strong blizzards, ice accumulation, fog, droughts, and other weather phenomena.
According to the results of the stress tests, the nuclear power plant buildings, structures, and equipment fully meet the highest international safety standards.
Based on a comprehensive probability analysis, the expected maximum intensity of an earthquake that may happen in plant location is 6 on the MSK-64/EMS-98 scale.
The Belarusian nuclear power plant reactor units have been designed to safely withstand an earthquake with the intensity of 8 MSK-64/EMS-98.
The facility is flood-proof, even if water would rise 51.5m above its historical maximum level, the plant can withstand that degree of flooding.
A hypothetical flood simulation and the consequent submersion of the nuclear power plant rooms showed that reactors will keep opearting in normal mode.
Hight air temperatures
Even the most extreme weather conditions or their combinations, such as air temperatures of up to 50ºC or wind speeds reaching 62 meters per second or more would not cause an accident.
Among other emergencies tested and analysed were consequences of the loss of external power and the loss of the heat transfer agent.
The experts also evaluated the technical solutions, which will kick into action after the initial safeguards fail, to protect the population and environment from radiation.
The safety standards were developed to guarantee the safe operation of a nuclear power plant even if the key systems fail or stop operating due to external factors.
They were adopted after the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in 2011. The national report on the safety tests has already been forwarded to the European Commission for a review.
“According to prior arrangements, we expect European experts to visit Belarus in March for the sake of discussions, interviewing, for exchanging opinions and possibly formulating proposals regarding our national report,” the Gosatomnadzor head Olga Lugovskaya explained.
The official version of the document will be made available to the public on the websites of Gosatomnadzor and the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) within the next few days.
The Belarusian nuclear power plant is built using the Russian standard Generation III+ design AES-2006 near Ostrovets, Grodno region.
The first power unit should be ready for operation in December 2019, with the second one to go online in 2020.