The PEC safety analysis led to the conclusion that all credible sequences (incident sequences characterized by a frequency of occurrence above 10/sup minus 7/ events per year) are limited to the design basis conditions of components of the plant protection systems, and that none of them leads to a release of mechanical energy or to an extensive damage of the core and primary containment structures event in the case of failure to scram. Nevertheless, as is done in other countries for similar reactors, some events beyond the limits of credibility were considered for the PEC reactor. These were defined on a absolutely hypothetical basis that involves severe core disruption and dynamic loading of primary containment boundary. A series of containments, each having a different role, was designed to mitigate the radiological effects of a postulated core disruptive accident. The final aim was to demonstrate that residual heat can be removed and that the release of radioactivity to the environment is within acceptable limits.