Is the leak in a nuclear reactor in China due to a manufacturing defect in the Drôme? The nuclear rods for reactor n ° 1 in Taishan, China, are manufactured by the Framatome site in Romans-sur-Isère. One of the hypotheses considered to explain the leak in the circuit could be a manufacturing defect. It is difficult to know for the moment what caused the leak within the reactor n ° 1 of the EPR of Taishan, in China. In recent months, “rare gases” have been identified in the primary circuit after the degradation of a few rods containing the uranium pellets. These pencils are made in Romans-sur-Isère, on the Framatome site.
France Bleu 16th June 2021 read more »
A handful of damaged fuel rods is behind a build-up of radioactive gases at a nuclear power station in southern China, authorities said Wednesday, describing the problem as “common” with no need for concern. CNN reported earlier this week that the US government was assessing a report of a leak at the Taishan plant in China’s southern Guangdong province, and the station’s French operator Framatome reported a “performance issue”. There has been an increase in radioactivity in one of the plant’s two nuclear power units due to five damaged fuel rods, said a joint statement by China’s environment ministry and the National Nuclear Safety Administration.
Daily Mail 16th June 2021 read more »
The emergence of problems in a new-generation nuclear reactor in China threatens to undermine efforts by its French designer to sell it elsewhere, and could hurt Beijing’s nuclear industry, analysts said. French energy giant EDF and the Chinese government have sought to ease concerns about a gas build-up at the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant after a CNN report of a potential leak at the site. The Chinese foreign ministry said Tuesday that radiation levels remained normal at the site in southern Guangdong province and there were no safety concerns. But it is the latest snag to hit EDF’s much-vaunted EPR reactor. The Taishan power station became in 2018 the first site worldwide to use the pressurised water design, which has been subject to years of delays in similar projects in Britain, France and Finland. A second EPR reactor was launched at Taishan a year later. The facility is partly owned by EDF along with state-owned China General Nuclear Power Group, the majority stakeholder and operator of the plant. EDF said the plant’s number one reactor experienced a build-up of gases in part of the cooling system following the deterioration of the coating on some uranium fuel rods. EDF said the plant’s number one reactor experienced a build-up of gases in part of the cooling system following the deterioration of the coating on some uranium fuel rods. The French company was first informed about the problem with the fuel rods in October, but only learned about the gas build-up on Saturday, according to EDF. The problem and the silence of Chinese authorities triggered criticism of EDF, whose EPR reactor is supposed to be safer, last longer and produce more electricity than previous versions. “It seems that both the Chinese nuclear regulators and the French nuclear corporations may have acted in bad faith,” said Paul Dorfman, a researcher at the University College London’s Energy Institute. “If so, this new EPR debacle should have important consequences for any further plans for new EPR builds in France, the UK, and internationally,” he added.
Daily Mail 16th June 2021 read more »
China insists radiation levels are normal at Guangdong nuclear plant amid leak reports
Experts say a leak incident might be complicated if Taishan plant uses US technology that is covered by export restrictions.
Independent 15th June 2021 read more »
What actually happened at Taishan? NFLA call on nuclear regulator to carefully investigate possible radioactive leak and its implications for Hinkley C & Sizewell C.
NFLA 15th June 2021 read more »
Following the announcement of the increase in rare gases in the primary circuit of reactor n ° 1 of the Taishan nuclear power plant in China, Greenpeace requests a thorough and transparent examination by EDF and the French authorities, in order to draw all lessons for EPRs under construction. The Taishan EPR was designed by EDF, it is partially owned by EDF and uses a new type of fuel produced in France. It is the first EPR to operate in the world. “With the Taishan EPR, EDF is carrying out an unprecedented, life-size experiment. The feedback on this “seed” should be known to all, given the implications they could have in France, but also in Finland or the United Kingdom ” , estimates Yannick Rousselet, campaign manager Nuclear at Greenpeace France.
Greenpeace France 15th June 2021 read more »
Greenpeace demanded Tuesday from EDF a “thorough and transparent examination” on the fuel cladding leaks of the Chinese Taishan 1 reactor (1.75 GW) after the electrician revealed to use the same fuel on the French nuclear fleet. “The feedback on this ‘seed’ should be known to all, given the implications they could have in France, but also in Finland or the United Kingdom,” said Yannick Rousselet, responsible nuclear campaign to Greenpeace France, quoted in a press release.
Montel News 15th June 2021 read more »
The U.S. government reportedly spent the last week assessing allegations of a leak at a Chinese nuclear power plant, after a French company that part-owns and helps operate it warned of an “immediate radiological threat.” The Chinese plant denied the allegations and said that its generators are functioning normally, evoking memories for some of the lack of transparency around previous nuclear disasters.
Newsweek 14th June 2021 read more »
How serious is the nuclear power plant radiation leak in China? One of the companies involved in a new nuclear reactor at Taishan in Guangdong, China, has written to the US government warning of an “imminent radiological threat” at the plant. The memo from French firm Framatome to the US Department of Energy, first reported by CNN, said Chinese authorities were raising acceptable radiation limits around the power station, to avoid shutting the reactor down. How serious is the issue, and should you be worried?
New Scientists 15th June 2021 read more »
The emergence of problems in a new-generation nuclear reactor in China threatens to undermine efforts by its French designer to sell it elsewhere, and could hurt Beijing’s nuclear industry, analysts said. French energy giant EDF and the Chinese government have sought to ease concerns about a gas build-up at the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant after a CNN report of a potential leak at the site.
Bankok Post 16th June 2021 read more »
Taishan EPR: a problem that falls badly for EDF but also for China. The problems encountered on an EPR in service in China do not fall well for the French energy group EDF, which hopes for new projects for its reactor but also for the Chinese industry, according to experts. The American channel CNN reported Monday a possible “leak” in the power station of Taishan, in the south of the country.
Courier Picard 15th June 2021 read more »
Unit 1 of the Taishan nuclear power plant is operating at full power and there has been no release of radiation at the plant or in the surrounding area, China General Nuclear (CGN) announced yesterday following media reports of a leak at the plant in China’s Guangdong province. France’s EDF, which holds a 30% stake in the two-unit plant, said it had been informed of an increase in the concentration of certain noble gases in the EPR reactor’s primary circuit.
World Nuclear News 14th June 2021 read more »