Patrick Merliaud, CFDT Secretary of the Works Council of the Creusot establishment is worried about how to prepare to carry out the order for the two Hinkley Point EPRs. “For a white object, you have to make white pieces,” pleads the elected CFDT. The group plans to make a test piece (a large metal tube) at the end of the year. “We must make several practice pieces to test out. The problem is, many people have gone into retirement with Creusot’s voluntary separation plan. “Forty employees out of the workforce of 270 people. “The conditions were good to leave and not good to stay”. Areva had also launched a programme with its historic supplier and neighbour Industeel (ArcelorMittal) to develop a new type of steel “ingot”. But it will not be available until 2018, when we hope to make the cap and bottom of the second EPR of Hinkley Point. At present, the EDF customer is not committing itself to when. Meanwhile, the parts for Hinkley’s first EPR will be outsourced to the Japanese JSW.
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