On 14 July, 2016, the unit 1 of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant was shut down as intended in the plant design and required by the nuclear safety regulations due to a malfunction in the instrumentation and control equipment. The exact determination and elimination of the malfunction has already been started. The automatic activation of the safety systems was not necessary because of the event and the safety of the unit has not been compromised. The current operating status of the reactor unit, which is in compliance with the nuclear safety regulations, is sustainable without a time limit, and the necessary repairs can be performed. After the determination and elimination of the malfunction, the unit will be restarted under the supervision of the HAEA.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority and the National Directorate General for Disaster Management, Ministry of the Interior held a joint press conference, and submitted a press release.
Chris Dijkens, independent expert as the team leader of the EPREV mission summarises first week experiences.
The delegation of nine internationally recognized experts, invited by the International Atomic Energy Agency, has started the review of nuclear emergency preparedness in Hungary. The official opening meeting was held at the National Directorate General for Disaster Management, Ministry of the Interior (NDGDM) in Budapest on June 13, 2016. During the two-week Emergency Preparedness Review Service (EPREV) mission the experts will review the respective Hungarian legislation, visit all the nuclear facilities and radioactive waste repositories as well as some institutions using radioactive sources in the country. They will also make interviews with staff working in organizations involved in nuclear emergency response and emergency management. At the end of the mission, the experts will prepare a report on the results of the review, in which in addition to recommendations and suggestions aiming at improving the national system, good practices will also be identified and thus Hungarian knowledge and experience could be utilized on the international level. The tasks associated with the two-week mission will be coordinated by the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority in close cooperation with the National Directorate General for Disaster Management, Ministry of the Interior.
After the usual annual bilateral meeting in October 2015, Austria put several further questions to Hungary concerning the planned new reactor units of Paks NPP, so as a follow-up to the one in October last year, an extraordinary bilateral meeting was held on 19 May 2016.