The operator of the first-of-a-kind EPR reactor nearing start-up in Finland has shown a commitment to safety, an expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded. The team also identified areas for further enhancements as Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) prepares to put Olkiluoto unit 3 online later this year. A Pre-Operational Safety Review Team (Pre-OSART) yesterday concluded an 18-day mission to assess operational safety at the 1600 MWe reactor at Olkiluoto, on Finland’s southwestern coast. The 11-member team comprised experts from Belgium, China, France, the UK, the USA as well as IAEA officials. Pre-OSART missions aim to improve operational safety by objectively assessing safety performance using the IAEA’s Safety Standards and proposing recommendations for improvement where appropriate. The IAEA said such reviews are “not a regulatory inspection, nor is it a design review or a substitute for an exhaustive assessment of the plant’s overall safety status”.
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