Swiss nuclear power plants (NPPs) are amongst the most earthquake-proof structures in Switzerland. They have been designed, built and upgraded so that they can withstand even strong earthquakes. Their safety is subject to constant checking using state-of-the-art analysis methods. To comply with an ENSI requirement, the nuclear power plant operators carried out a thorough investigation into the seismic hazard at the NPP sites from 2001 to 2004 within the scope of the PEGASOS (German acronym for «probabilistic seismic hazard analysis for Swiss nuclear power plant sites») project.
The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate assessed the earthquake safety of the Beznau nuclear power plant in accordance with the legal requirements. The Swiss Federal Administrative Court has thus rejected an appeal lodged by 15 individuals.
The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate ENSI has set out new requirements for assessing seismic hazards in Swiss nuclear power plants in the light of the latest scientific findings.
Although nuclear power plants are some of the most earthquake-resistant buildings in Switzerland, earthquakes are a major part of the risk of nuclear power plants. “This is precisely why we are so keen to ensure that nuclear plant operators regularly update their comprehensive seismic safety cases and that these then comply with the latest scientific […]
ENSI-AN-9657 ENSI closely followed the PRP project from its inception with an experienced expert team. In its final review report ENSI acknowledged that the state-of-the-art in probabilistic seismic hazard assessment was further improved by the PRP project. ENSI assessed the achieved refinements in the project focal points – the «ground motion characterization» (subproject 2) and the […]
ENSI-AN-9060 The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate ENSI has set out new requirements for assessing seismic hazards in Swiss nuclear power plants in the light of the latest scientific findings. Plant operators are required to provide further proof, in three stages, by the end of 2020, that their plants can withstand even an extremely unlikely […]