Conference about the results of the site investigation

5/12/16 6:00 AM
A conference called ’The scientific results of the new nuclear power plant units’ site investigation’ was held in the great hall of the Hungarian Academy Sciences on 6 May 2016 with more than 100 interested.

The event was opened by Dr. Tamás Németh, member of the HAS, president of the Presidential Commission for Environmental Studies, then the chairman of the conference, government commissioner Dr. Attila Aszódi held a presentation about the licensing system and the scientific supervision of the new power plant units. He highlighted that during the site investigation every human and external, natural factors were considered which can impact the nuclear safety. These were highly focused during the design. The government commissioner also mentioned that the environmental licensing and site investigations necessary to determine the suitability of the site are still on-going. Dr. Aszódi emphasized regarding the nuclear safety that even those extreme events are considered which have a low probability to occur and such a security system will be used which will be able to handle such complex occurences as well. Following the presentation of the government commissioner for the maintenance of the performance of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant further professional presentations were held.

Dr. Tamás Katona, doctor of the HAS spoke about the nuclear safety and scientific requirements of the site investigation. During his lecture he highlighted that even compared to foreign examples the Hungarian safety regulations are very strict. Dr. Géza Chikán presented the site’s geological characterization to the interested. A thorough presentation of the site drills and the evaulation of the drill core samples was given by him. Dr. Ferenc Horváth, doctor of the HAS gave a lecture called „Geodynamic-tectonic synthesis”, during which he spoke about the major tectonic processes of the Carpathian Basin. He presented the most advanced 3D seismic measurements and the GPS-based horizontal and vertical motion tests. Seismologist Dr. László Tóth spoke abou the methodology to specify the earthquakes, and he also displayed the microseismic measurement network which perceives the immediate and wider environment of the Paks site’s seismic events. At the end of his presentation he highlighted that the actual data of the earth movement can be found on (the data of those measurement network can be also seen here which sensed the Indonesian earthquake in early March). Dr. László Nagy spoke about geotechnical features, while Gyula Mező presented a hydrogeological study and a hydrodynamic analysis. Zita Bihari, head of department of the National Meteorological Service held a presentation of the meteorological conditions and dangers. She also spoke about climate analysis, research of the micro and mezo climate, and climate modelling. In Dr. István Galambos’ hydrologic characterization the interested could learn about the high and low water, the water temperature and investigation of the exceptional cases. István Kelemen’s lecture was about the anthropogenic and technogenic dangers. Following the professional lectures the conference was ended by answering the questions.