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11/09/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/09/2021 07:26

IAEA experts checking security of Czech nuke plants

Dukovany, South Moravia, Nov 9 (CTK) - Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) launched the third mission focused on the security of Czech nuclear power plant Dukovany today, and they will continue with an inspection at nuclear power plant Temelin starting from Thursday, plant spokesman Jiri Bezdek told CTK.

Power utility CEZ, the operator of both plants, is to learn the inspection results on November 19.

The International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission comprises nine experts in physical protection and cybersecurity. Besides security elements, they will also check the compliance of Czech laws with international legislation.

CEZ said he had reinforced its nuclear power plants' security systems significantly in recent years. In line with new requirements of the atomic law, it has demarcated and secured what is called "vitally important areas", to which only employees vetted by the National Security Office's (NBU) have access. It has also strengthened protection again external threats, such as drones. Key buildings are monitored by a special laser detection system.

Besides resilience against physical threats, both Dukovany and Temelin have protection against an internal enemy or cyberattack in place. The police and the military are also part of the security system.

International experts check the security of Czech nuclear power plants regularly. The Dukovany plant was last time visited by representatives of the WANO association in spring.

Temelin and Dukovany together cover two-fifths of Czechia's power consumption. Temelin generated 15.75 TWh of electricity last year and Dukovany supplied 14.3 TWh to the grid.