Britain’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ONR) has highlighted “gaps” in terms of security in EDF, the operator of the nuclear fleet across the Canal, particularly with regard to cybersecurity issues, AFP learned Monday from the regulator and the companies. The regulator thus places the operator under “enhanced vigilance,” as it “identified deficiencies” in issues of “governance, risk, compliance and certain technical controls after a series of targeted inspections,” according to a statement sent to AFP, confirming information from the Sunday Telegraph.
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“Enhanced alertness” is the second level on a scale of three, between the degree of “routine” and “significantly enhanced” attention. An EDF spokesperson said in a statement to AFP that the Office of Homeland Security had identified “an increased potential for risks due to the upgrade of complex IT systems and changes to the organization of our Department of Homeland Security.” “The regulator has not identified any other issues of concern, it has simply opted to subject these matters to further examination over the next year,” the company added, stressing that this development is unquestionable. Nuclear safety of British reactors.
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ONR specifies that it cannot go into detail on security issues because “this information could be exploited by potential adversaries” from the UK. “But it is important to stress that security at nuclear sites is designed using defense in depth (a system consisting of successive independent barriers, editor’s note), so that individual deficiencies in specific areas have no impact on global security,” the regulator added.
EDF will provide detailed plans to address these concerns, which will be reviewed and evaluated by the regulator. Great Britain currently has 15 reactors in eight sites, but many are at the end of their lives, and Hinkley Point, a new power plant project being implemented by EDF and China’s CGN, has seen its costs rise and will not open until 2027. The British government has also set itself until 20 July to decide on the launch of the construction project for another power plant, Sizewell C, of which EDF is also its lead partner. London has made nuclear development a priority in its energy strategy to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
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