Naomi Hirose, president of the Tokyo Electric Power Company which runs the Fukushima plant that suffered the catastrophic meltdown, has warned the UK government that they must learn from Japan's mistakes as they plan to build a new generation of UK nuclear plants.
Thales UK, a company heavily involved in the protection of UK critical national infrastructure, have prepared a comment on the security requirements that must be considered in this process. Thales UK maintains the control systems for British Energy plants in the UK and are also involved in the building of the Hinkley Point B power station.
Tony Burton, Critical Infrastructure Protection Business Lead at Thales UK commented, “As identified by the chief inspector at the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the UK nuclear industry is well prepared for events beyond design basis. However, it is important to understand that security, emergency management and resilience must all be taken into consideration when protecting nuclear infrastructure from natural and man-made threats – they cannot be considered as independent challenges.
Preparation for and protection of nuclear sites must be addressed on a holistic basis and an understanding of the ongoing and constantly evolving security threats is an essential part of that protection. It’s important that the industry takes a holistic approach to requirements, which considers how to tightly integrate cyber-defences with processes, people and physical measures; this should be a process of constant, iterative improvement. This must also work in consort with the resilience and emergency management capabilities.”