Beznau 1 NPP gets the go-ahead to start up again. Axpo has proved that the inclusions found in the steel of the reactor pressure vessel do not have a negative effect on safety. ENSI, the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate, has reviewed and accepted the safety case.
An international panel of experts supported the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate ENSI in assessing Axpo’s safety case for the Beznau 1 reactor pressure vessel. In an interview, the chair of the review panel Tim Williams explains why they support the conclusion that Beznau 1 may be restarted. The IRP has been following Axpo’s safety […]
In the summer of 2012, findings are detected in the basic material of the reactor pressure vessel of the Belgian nuclear power plant Doel-3. As a result, nuclear power plants in Switzerland also have to carry out inspections. Since findings are also detected in the reactor pressure vessel of Beznau 1, Axpo needs to prove it was safe. The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate ENSI accepts this proof in 2018.
Two new members have joined the Expert Group on Deep Geological Repositories (EGT). With effect from 1 January 2018, the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate, ENSI, is delighted to announce the appointment of Horst Geckeis and Neil Mancktelow as new members. Alan Geoffrey Milnes has stepped down from the EGT due to retirement.
The executive board of the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI) has named Tamara Garny as new Director of the Resources Division. The 43 year old will take up her new position on 1 June 2018. She succeeds to Jean-Claude Veyre, who is now responsible for Quality Management at ENSI.
At the end of 2017, all EU countries as well as Switzerland submitted their national assessment reports on the subject of ageing management to the European Nuclear Safety Regulator Group, ENSREG. Until the end of February, ENSREG is giving all interested parties the opportunity to submit questions on the reports.
The general conditions for systematic ageing management are fulfilled in Switzerland. This enables the timely detection of any age related degradation, and initiation of suitable counter measures.
The Federal Council has appointed Monica Duca Widmer as the new Vice Chair of the ENSI Board. She succeeds Jürg Schmid, who is retiring at the end of 2017 after six years as Vice Chair of the strategic supervisory body. Jürg Schmid became a member of the ENSI Board in 2008.
A few days ago, Leibstadt Nuclear Power Plant (KKL) informed the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI) that some fuel elements do not fulfil the requirements of the applicable specifications. Accordingly, KKL decided to replace them for safety reasons. The safety of man and the environment was ensured at all times.