Nuclear: the Flamanville EPR is experiencing new delays and will not be able to start before 2022. The Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) is asking EDF to take up eight welds located in hard-to-reach areas. The reactor will not be able to start, at best, until the end of 2022.
Le Monde 20th June 2019 read more »
EDF faces new cost overruns and delays of up to three years at the nuclear reactor it is building in Flamanville in northern France after the French regulator ordered repairs. ASN, the French nuclear watchdog, said on Thursday that state-owned EDF would have to repair eight faulty weldings in the reactor’s containment building, adding that it had rejected a request to delay repairs until 2024, after its startup. “Delaying the repairs until after startup would raise issues about reactor safety during the transition period,” ASN said. In a similar procedure two years ago, ASN ruled that Flamanville would be allowed to start up despite weak spots in the steel of its reactor vessel cover, but ordered it to replace the reactor cover by 2024 at the latest.
Reuters 20th June 2019 read more »
EDF must repair eight welds in the containment area of its 1.6 GW Flamanville-3 EPR nuclear plant in Normandy before commissioning can take place, French nuclear regulator ASN said Thursday. Operator EDF thought the repairs could be completed by the end of 2022, ASN president Bernard Doroszczuk said in a press conference Thursday.
S&P Global 20th June 2019 read more »
The Flamanville plant in France is one of three being built in Europe using the next-generation European Pressurised Reactor technology. The other two projects are the Olkiluoto project in Finland, which is more than a decade late, and the UK’s Hinkley Point, which is mired in controversy over the high cost of the project. More broadly, EDF is expected to brief trade unions on Thursday about plans to reorganise the company. The plan, codenamed Hercules, say people familiar with the matter, would involve a holding company 100 per cent-owned by the state and two subsidiaries sitting beneath it.
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