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IAEA to review nuclear power plants in Rajasthan, India

30 Oct 2012

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is set to start an in-depth operational safety review of two atomic power plants at Rawatbhata in the Indian state of Rajasthan.


The nuclear watchdog's Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) will review programs and activities essential to operational safety at units 3 and 4 of the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS), reported Bernama.

This safety review, which will be done between 26 October and 15 November, is the first such exercise in India after the Fukushima nuclear accident happed last year in Japan.

Atomic Energy Regulatory Board chairman S S Bajaj told Press Trust of India that this is a peer review of safety status and operating practices done by a team of experts for the IAEA.

Bajaj added that all nuclear power plants had undergone a peer review earlier by the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO).

"Both OSART and WANO are independent external reviews. It is more of a confidence-building exercise as experts of 10 different nations are involved in the review process," Bajaj said.

Atomic Energy Commission chairman Ratan Kumar Sinha said with the OSART process, the nuclear operator would get insight into its operational process.

Bajaj said OSART experts would be invited to other nuclear power plants after the study of the outcome of the process carried out at Rajasthan plant.