On 31st March 2016, EDF informed ASN of a fall by a steam generator during handling in the Paluel reactor 2 building. Reactor 2 has been shut down since May 2015 for the third ten-yearly in-service inspection. These wide-ranging maintenance operations include replacement of the four steam generators1 on the reactor’s main primary system. The operations involved in removal of a used steam generator from the reactor building include a handling phase: the equipment is placed on a trolley enabling it to be extracted from the reactor building. During this operation, it is tilted from its original vertical position to a horizontal position.
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