The operation and condition of French nuclear power plants is not a major problem, but the industry must be vigilant about maintaining its technical expertise, Pierre-Franck Chevet, the outgoing president, said on Monday. of the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN). The leader of the nuclear policeman also stressed to the press the slow progress of EDF to report some difficulties identified on its fleet in recent years.
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Eleven years after work began on the Flamanville 3 nuclear reactor project in Normandy, France’s Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) has given permission for EDF to commission its reactor pressure vessel. The ASN had been concerned that the steel used to make parts of the vessel, including the lid, contained too much carbon. After carrying out tests the regulator is now satisfied the vessel will be safe, although it is requiring that the lid be replaced when the first fuel change occurs in 2024. As well as the problem with metallurgy, the authority was concerned that between 130 and 150 welds did not meet its quality requirement. These are located between the steam generator and the turbine.
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