[Machine Translation] France: Generic anomaly: Weldings not done properly for years, 8 reactors involved, how much to check? This is not the first time that EDF has been accused of not properly monitoring its providers. But this time, it is a company performing important activities for safety, which has been welding on several plants for several years. Defects concerning the welding processes and the qualifications of the persons carrying out these welds have been identified on 3 nuclear sites for the moment: Belleville, Cattenom and Nogent. Some of these welds date from 2010, but the defects were not detected until 2017. And we learn in 2018. If the operator puts forward in its communication the fact that the repairs were made (“the most “according to the ASN), nothing is known about the parts concerned by these faulty welds, nor the number of reactors potentially affected and still to be controlled. Initially, EDF declared this generic anomaly at zero level in December 2017. The Nuclear Safety Authority has just reclassified the event at level 1, due to the time taken by the operator to detect these anomalies and the potential consequences that they could have on safety.
Sortir du Nucleaire 13th March 2018 read more »
French state-controlled utility EDF has been notified of a 24-hour strike starting at midnight at its 3,600 megawatt (MW) Blayais nuclear power plant, it said on Tuesday. The company said in a statement that the strike at the plant in southwest France could affect power production. It gave no further details. The Blayais nuclear plant has four 900 MW reactors. Its reactor number 2 is currently offline for planned maintenance and refuelling until April 21. A separate strike at EDF’s hydropower sites on Tuesday cut French electricity generation by 2,200 MW.
Reuters 13th March 2018 read more »
When France restrains the development of offshore wind. The Renewable Energy Union is protesting against the government’s desire to renegotiate six offshore parks projects, or even cancel them.
Le Monde 12th March 2018 read more »