With the Taishan reactor, the EPR nightmare continues. For EDF as for the Chinese electrician, everything is normal or almost on the Chinese nuclear site, despite rare gas leaks. The US revelations, which are not devoid of geopolitical ulterior motives, could deal a final blow to the EPR.
Mediapart 15th June2021 read more »
China Denies Radiation Leak at Reactor but Admits Fuel Rod Damage. Several of the reactor’s more than 60,000 fuel rods have been damaged, prompting regulators to reassess the levels of radioactive gases around them.
New York Times 16th June 2021 read more »
Fears have been raised over a potential leak at Taishan nuclear power station in China, which uses the same type of reactor as the Hinkley Point C project. Earlier this week CNN revealed that the US government had been assessing reports of a leak at the power station, which is in the southeastern province of Guangdong. According to CNN, Framatome – which is owned by EDF Energy and designed the plant – also warned that China’s National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) had raised acceptable radiation limits outside the plant to avoid having to shut it down. EDF Energy has since said it is working to resolve a “performance issue” at the power plant and confirmed that gases that had built up in part of the cooling system of the plant’s Unit One reactor were deliberately released.
New Civil Engineer 16th June 2021 read more »
The Chinese government has acknowledged damage to fuel rods at a nuclear power plant in the south of the country, but said no radioactivity had leaked. China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment said the problem was “common” with no need for concern. The admission comes after CNN reported that the US government was assessing a reported leak at the facility. The French energy firm which helps operate the plant in Guangdong province earlier reported a “performance issue”. On Monday, a spokesperson for EDF Energy said a problem with fuel rods had led to the build-up of gases, which had to be released into the atmosphere.
BBC 16th June 2021 read more »
The Chinese government, on Wednesday, admitted that the nuclear power plant in Guangdong province — near Hong Kong — had damaged rods but said that there was no radioactive leak from the plant. The National Nuclear Safety Administration of China admitted on Wednesday that the concentration of “certain rare gases” in the primary circuit of the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant’s No. 1 reactor has increased “due to a small number of damaged fuel rods,” but emphasised that this was a common phenomenon and that the surrounding radiation monitoring data was normal. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment said on its social media account that the No. 1 reactor of Taishan Nuclear Power Plant had five broken fuel rods and that the radiations that rose were “contained by barriers.”
Independent 16th June 2021 read more »