Beznau Nuclear Power Plant

Type: Pressurised water reactor

Start of commercial operations: 1969/1972

Nominal thermal output of each reactor: 1130 MW

Gross electrical output: 380 MWe

Net electrical output: 365 MWe

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The Swiss nuclear power plants (NPP) Beznau and Gösgen are required to perform standardized safety reviews of the base materials in their reactor pressure vessels to check for possible manufacturing flaws. Through this requirement, the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate ENSI is implementing a recommendation issued by the Western European Nuclear Regulators Association (WENRA).

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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 […]

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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.

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The three oldest Swiss nuclear power plants started operating in 1969 (Beznau-1), 1971 (Beznau-2) and 1972 (Mühleberg), respectively. This means that Beznau-1 will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2009. Accordingly, long-term operation has been an issue in Switzerland for some years and, as long ago as 1991, the regulatory authority required all operators to have […]

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