Between 15-18 April, 2019 a training course for the newcomer nuclear safeguards inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency was organized at the Paks Nuclear Power Plant.
On the first day of the four-day training,
the inspectors were given a comprehensive overview of the power plant's
technical characteristics, radiation protection rules, and the nuclear
material registration and control system. Over the next two days, nuclear
safeguards inspection practices took place in two-person groups at the
power plant reactor hall. Simulating classical nuclear safeguards inspections,
the inspectors carried out inventory control and measurements in the fresh
fuel storage, inspected the spent fuel in the spent fuel pond, and practiced
the application of the monitoring systems (cameras and camera systems)
and the sealing systems (metal, optical and electronic seals) used by the
IAEA. During the inspections, the inspectors visualized the locations where
unnoticed nuclear material or activity traces could be detected.
At the end of the course, the eight inspectors
had a practical test of what they learned, supervised by five IAEA instructors.
the Safety Department of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant and the HAEA for
taking part in the successful completion of the training.