French state-controlled utility EDF declined to comment on whether or not it would go ahead with its 18 billion pound ($24.11 billion) project to build a nuclear plant in Hinkley Point in southern England after Britons voted on Friday to quit the European Union. The project is one of the largest French investment projects in Britain and a final investment decision has been repeatedly delayed since it was first announced in Oct. 2013. Before the Brexit vote, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron had said that the decision would be taken by September.
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EDF’s nuclear plant at Hinkley Point could face further delays after its workers launched legal action against the company in French courts and asked for the project to be put off. The Works Council at EDF claims the energy firm has refused to grant access to key documents and that staff have been left unable to form a clear view on Hinkley. The plant was due to be running by 2017 but the company is now aiming for completion by 2025, and has yet to make its final decision on how to raise the £18billion needed.
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A body representing workers at EDF has taken legal action to try and force the company to extend a consultation with its employees over Hinkley Point C, the Financial Times has reported. According to the paper it has seen a legal claim filed by the company’s central works council in France this week, which alleged that EDF had “refused” to give them access to key documents meaning they “cannot form a clear view on the issue”.
Utility Week 23rd June 2016 read more »
(Machine Translation) Flamanville EPR: EDF recognizes irregular technical control: EDF has suspended technical controls carried out on the primary circuit of the EPR nuclear reactor under construction at Flamanville, because nuclear policeman detected an irregularity in their implementation. “This activity has not suspended a strong schedule stake,” commented Antoine Menager, director of the project. “It keeps our calendar,” which provides a “fuel loading and reactor start in the last quarter 2018”.This suspension follows an inspection of the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) in April on a technical checks of the primary circuit of the reactor and that proved “unsatisfactory” according to a document published by the policeman nuclear on its website. EDF, in the process, suspended all the checks, confirmed Bouyt Guillaume, head of the Caen antenna ASN.
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(Machine Translation) Some EDF reactor steam generators could have a similar anomaly to that of the pressure vessel of the Flamanville EPR The analyzes conducted by EDF since 2015 concluded that some primary funds of steam generators could have a significant carbon concentration zone may lead to lower mechanical properties than expected. These steam generators equip 18 reactors of 900 MWe or 1450. These analyzes were conducted at the request of the ASN to identify equipment operating reactors that could be affected by a similar anomaly to that of the tank of the Flamanville EPR.
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