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International review confirms good safety practice at Sizewell B

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed the successful completion of its review of Sizewell B.

The IAEA has carried out reviews at 188 nuclear stations since the programme started in 1982. These reviews are carried out by an Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) which is appointed by the IAEA and comprises nuclear industry experts from across the world.

The three week long visits enable a thorough review of operational safety at nuclear power stations and promotes the continuous development of the industry by ensuring IAEA safety standards are met and good practices shared across the world.  The reviews culminate in a detailed report being produced which highlights areas of good practice and recommendations for improvement.  

The group of industry experts concluded the OSART mission had been successful after the follow-up mission to Sizewell B nuclear power station in April 2017.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy welcomed the follow-up report from the IAEA and congratulated Sizewell B on the number of good practices identified.

Mark Gorry, EDF Energy's Chief Nuclear Officer, said: “The nuclear industry welcomes scrutiny and we are proud to receive confirmation from the International Atomic Energy Agency that their review of Sizewell B has been successful.”


A link to the OSART report and Government reponse can be found here

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.

It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.

EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

The company provides gas and electricity for more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home. EDF Energy has also launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.

The Better Plan is EDF Energy's framework for being a sustainable and responsible energy business and is an integral part of EDF's 2030 vision to be the efficient, responsible electricity company, and champion of low-carbon growth. The Better Plan is underpinned by comprehensive environmental and social programmes which have been recognised by a wide range of organisations.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.

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