EDF has delayed the start-up of its 1.65 GW Flamanville-3 EPR plant project by around a year following its analysis of faulty welds in the main secondary system of the plant, the company announced July 25. Fuel loading has been delayed from the fourth quarter of 2018 to Q4 2019, to allow for repairs to 53 out of 148 inspected welds, EDF said in a statement. For 10 other welds, EDF has submitted a safety justification method to ASN, France’s nuclear safety authority. The reactor is now expected to be connected to the grid in Q1 2020 and start of full commercial capacity is scheduled for Q2 2020, Laurent Thieffry, Flamanville 3 project director, told reporters.
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