Nuclear safety

Activities of Tecnubel, a branch of GDF SUEZ group : dismantling of the factory of the nuclear fuel Mox in Belgonucleaire at Dessel. For GDF SUEZ, nuclear safety is key. In 2010, the Doel power plant confirmed its high level of efficiency in terms of nuclear safety by the success of the Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) audit conducted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The follow-up audit of the Doel plant in early March 2012 gave a favorable assessment of the progress toward implementing recommendations and carrying out corrective measures.

This positive evaluation is an important step in the acceptance of the Long Term Operation project aimed at obtaining a license to operate the first nuclear plants in Belgium – Doel 1, Doel 2 and Tihange 1 – beginning in 2015. The OSART experts emphasized that the safety of nuclear facilities is one of the Group’s key priorities.

Other external experts, in particular those from World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), have recognized efforts made. These are reflected in very concrete improvements in terms of operational safety, thanks to experience feedback, training, system performance monitoring procedures, etc.

All these external experts have fueled the continuous improvement process implemented by the Group through its recommendations and suggestions. These are incorporated into dedicated action plans which are already being developed to demonstrate once again the Group’s operational excellence in nuclear safety at the upcoming OSART follow-up (at Doel in 2012) and WANO review (at Tihange in 2011).

The Energy Services business line is reinforcing the safety of numerous dams in French Polynesia

Activities of Tecnubel, a branch of GDF SUEZ group : interventions on nuclear components in the Nuclear power plant of Doel (KCD) in Belgium.

The Marama Nui dams in French Polynesia and their associated power production plants, managed by subsidiaries dependent on the Energy Services business line, were the subject of modernization work in 2010 to reinforce safety levels at the facilities. This work will continue in 2011.

Safety record broken at the Shotton cogeneration plant in the United Kingdom

On March 3, 2010, the Shotton cogeneration plant (210 MW) in north Wales passed a major threshold: it celebrated more than nine consecutive years without a shutdown involving operating losses.

In addition, in a safety audit, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) awarded the plant its maximum score of 5. The power plant was also singled out to obtain the Gold Award for its high safety performance for the sixth time.

A new safety passport for the Roselectra power plant in Italy

In 2010, the Roselectra power plant in Tuscany (435 MW) underwent an enhanced general overhaul to further increase the safety level of the facility. The operation ran for two months, involving 51 different sub-contractors and 231 employees.