The IAEA concludes that the long term operation of Tihange 1 is managed correctly by ENGIE Electrabel
In the nuclear sector, international audits are held regularly to examine as whether an operator meets the highest standards in the field of nuclear safety. From 6 to 9 December 2016, a SALTO monitoring mission (Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation) took place in Tihange 1. This is part of the dynamics of the international peer review.
A team of experts led by the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), reviewed during four days the actions undertaken by ENGIE Electrabel to respond to the recommendations and suggestions formulated for Tihange 1 during the SALTO mission in 2015. This follow-up mission is an independent evaluation of the progress made by the operator in order to improve the safety of its nuclear reactors over the next decade.
On Friday, December 9, 2016 the international team of experts concluded that ENGIE Electrabel's organization to manage the long-term operation of Tihange 1 complies with international standards in this field. The IAEA has clearly stated that ENGIE Electrabel has made the necessary progress in order to sustain the detailed processes to prepare for the long term exploitation of Tihange 1 over the next ten years.
Of the ten recommendations and suggestions formulated during the 2015 SALTO mission, eight were resolved and the progress of the other two is satisfactory. The experts were of the opinion that no recommendation or suggestion showed insufficient progress.
The FANC continuously follows the actions conducted by ENGIE Electrabel, in the framework of the long term exploitation of Tihange 1 until 2025.
14 December 2016