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Three-week OSART mission starts at nuke plant Temelín

7 November 2012

Temelin, South Bohemia, Nov 6 (CTK) - A three-week mission of the Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) started at the Czech nuclear power plant Temelin Tuesday, Temelin spokesman Marek Svitak has told CTK.

Temelin's safety will be checked by experts from eight countries, namely Brazil, England, France, Hungary, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine and South Africa.

The international team is led by Pierre Gest of France. Fourteen Temelin experts will be partners of the inspectors.

This is the 26th international inspection since Temelin's launch in the 1990s, Svitak said.

The inspectors will focus on eight areas, that is organisation and management, operation, maintenance, technical support, feedback, chemistry, radiation protection and accident management, Svitak said.

Temelin's staff compiled a 300-page report on the state of the power plant that was sent to the IAEA headquarters in Vienna in September, he said.

Each of the experts has received the report.

Data acquired during the inspection will be compared with the IAEA criteria and results from other plants.

At the end of the mission the inspectors will come up with a report containing recommendations as to what should be improved as well as recommendations about Temelin's good practice that can be used by other facilities in the world.

"For us, any such mission is an opportunity to get feedback from nuclear industry experts," Temelin head Milos Stepanovsky has told CTK.

These missions aim at checking fulfillment of international standards and exchanging experience between the nuclear power plants' operators across the world, thus improving their safety performance, Stepanovsky said.

A 17-member mission of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) checked Temelin's operation last year.

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