‘Minor technical problem’ at Necsa

This is the second shutdown in seven months after Necsa has executed an immediate shut down of its NTP Radiochemical Facility because of faulty equipment resulting in non-compliance with licensing conditions in November last year.
On Thursday, safety protocols were triggered after a hydrogen excess was detected in one of the production hotcells. Production was immediately stopped at NTP Radioisotopes SOC, a subsidiary of the Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa).
“People, property and the environment remained safe at all times during the event,” Necsa said in a media statement.
In November, the top management within the NTP chain of command were sent on special leave after the November incident.
“Necsa upholds global best practice in nuclear safety. Safe management of nuclear material and technologies is paramount under our licence. Necsa is required by the licence to monitor and report to the regulator on all incidents. As such the incident was reported immediately to the regulator.”
Chairperson, Dr Kelvin Kemm, said “The Necsa Group operates strictly in accordance with its prescribed governance framework and regulations. We are in the humanitarian business of saving lives and will resume production of medical isotopes as soon as safety protocols allow”. Dr Kemm added “I fully support the CEO’s decision to suspend production temporarily.”
Earlier this month Necsa received a prestigious award at the annual AtomExpo in Sochi, Russia for the world’s best non-power project. Necsa was described as the world’s best nuclear medicine company. The awards committee praised Necsa’s contribution to world peace in recognition of it maintaining uninterrupted production while its scientists converted the Safari reactor from using bomb grade uranium to civilian grade.

Also see: Necsa shuts down unit because of faulty equipment

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Daleen van Manen
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