Our nuclear power stations have never experienced so many problems. Defects in steel quality of essential parts, falsification of manufacturing records: French nuclear power plants have never experienced so many problems. Twelve reactors (out of fifty-eight) are stationary. A very worrying situation …” It is a scandal ! “Says Bernard Laponche, a member of the Global Chance association. After discovering in April 2015 that the steel from the EPR reactor in Flamanville contained too much carbon, the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) ordered Areva and EDF to check all the parts likely to have Same fault that can weaken them. The inspection revealed that many parts are concerned, including the funds of forty-six steam generators equipped with eighteen reactors, manufactured either by Creusot Forges, a subsidiary of Areva, or by the Japanese JCFC. These large heat exchangers serve to cool the reactors and generate the steam that drives the turbines producing the electricity. Controls are in progress. Twelve reactors (out of fifty-eight) are stationary for this reason.
Ouest France 4th Dec 2016 read more »