Mochovce 3&4: Physical Security System for Fresh Fuel Storage

19/06/2018
Mochovce 3&4: Physical Security System for Fresh Fuel Storage
Heavily guarded and protected indoor areas must be ready no less than 6 months prior to the first arrival of nuclear fuel in the facility.

Slovenské elektrárne has put into operation a physical security system at Units 3&4 of the Mochovce Nuclear Power Plant, which is a necessary precondition for the delivery of fresh nuclear fuel into the new Units.

The newly introduced Physical Security System meets the most stringent criteria for nuclear power plant security, and is equipped with state-of-the-art technical means for intrusion detection, including the biometric identification of persons.

Power plant security is a key element of nuclear safety. Its purpose is to prevent unauthorised persons from accessing nuclear materials and nuclear facilities. It also allows for access control, identification and movement control of persons and vehicles. The security organisation structure is described in the Physical Security Plan approved by the Slovak Republic’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority.

After the successful completion of comprehensive tests and commissioning of the physical security system, tightened regime measures related to both the control of persons and entry of vehicles into the guarded area were put into effect in early May 2018. Under applicable legislation, such heavily guarded and protected indoor areas must be established no less than six months prior to the first arrival of nuclear materials in the nuclear facility, i.e. prior to the fuel delivery to the fresh fuel storage.