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HSE announces conclusions on Sizewell B safety review

HSE InfoLine : 06 October, 2005  (Company News)
The Health and Safety Executive today announced that it is content for the Sizewell B nuclear power station to operate for up to a further ten years, subject to continued satisfactory safety performance.
The decision follows independent assessment by HSE's Nuclear Installations Inspectorate of a Periodic Safety Review submitted by the station licensee, British Energy Generation Ltd.

Each nuclear licensee is required to undertake PSRs at ten-year intervals, as a condition attached to their nuclear site licences. These reviews complement the normal regulatory controls applied to nuclear power stations and provide the opportunity to undertake a comprehensive study of each plant's safety, taking into account aspects such as its operational history, ageing factors and advances in safety standards since its construction.

The reviews are submitted to the NII for its consideration and assessment to evaluate whether an adequate level of safety has been achieved.

Having completed their assessment of the PSR, NII inspectors have concluded that it provides an adequate basis to allow the operation of Sizewell B up to 30 September 2015, subject to continued satisfactory performance. In reaching their decision, inspectors considered safety improvements already made at Sizewell B, together with a follow-up programme of work agreed with British Energy Generation Ltd.

The main elements of the follow-up programme, which form part of normal regulatory intervention, are maintenance of satisfactory progress on continuing improvements; and

demonstrating continued satisfactory results from the regular test and inspection programme that underpins the normal operation of the station.
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