The head of French nuclear regulator ASN told French daily Le Figaro that at least five EDF nuclear reactors might be affected by welding anomalies being investigated and that ASN will rule on the next steps within a month. ASN said on Tuesday it had found problems with weldings on the steam generators of some existing reactors.
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French energy giant EDF has warned several of its nuclear reactors may have problems with weldings and other components. In a statement published on its website, EDF said nuclear reactor company Framatome – formerly called AREVA – informed it of a “deviation from technical standards” in the manufacturing of certain components on reactors that are currently in operation. EDF holds a majority stake in Framatome, which owns a factory that supplies heavy equipment for the French nuclear industry and has provided components for 106 reactors worldwide. The energy giant didn’t, however, say if any of the reactors will have to be halted.
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Nuclear: welds, maintenance … EDF accumulates the setbacks. The Nuclear Safety Authority announced on Wednesday that it has placed the Flamanville nuclear power plant under “enhanced surveillance”.
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Nuclear: welding defects on an essential part of power plants. Framatome alerted this Tuesday the Nuclear Safety Authority on weld defects on about twenty generators equipping the reactors.
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The Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) announced Wednesday, September 11, 2019, placed under enhanced surveillance reactors 1 and 2 of the Flamanville nuclear power plant. The EPR is not concerned. The Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) announced on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, placed under enhanced surveillance the Flamanville nuclear power plant, after the difficulties encountered by EDF since the middle of 2018. This measure concerns the reactors 1 and 2. The third, the EPR, is not concerned. The increased surveillance will result in additional controls and special attention to the implementation of the action plan defined by EDF after the meeting of 4 July. “The Director General of the ASN had summoned the director of the Flamanville 1 and 2 nuclear power plant and asked him to send him an action plan to reinforce the control and control of the exploitation activities, ” he said. ASN.In particular, the Chief Executive Officer underlined the deficiencies in the control of the technical actions associated with certain operating activities, the high number of significant events related to maintenance failures and the lack of supervision of the service providers, the poor control of certain operations of maintenance as well as the insufficient quality of the documents which were transmitted to it within the framework of the decennial visit of reactor 1. “
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The Flamanville nuclear power station under enhanced surveillance, a rare measure. This is a rare case. Of the 19 nuclear power plants in the French park, two are under enhanced surveillance, that of Flamanville and Belleville-sur-Loire, since September 2017, with extension of this status in April 2019. “The placing under enhanced surveillance decided by ASN will notably result in additional controls and special attention to the implementation of the action plan defined by EDF following the convening of the plant manager, “ASN said on Wednesday. about Flamanville.
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French nuclear regulator ASN said it has put EDF’s Flamanville 1 and 2 reactors under increased surveillance following a series of shortcomings in maintenance and contractor oversight.
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Greenpeace denounces the “hidden costs” of managing nuclear waste, saying it would take at least another 18 billion euros for the storage of radioactive materials now officially considered reusable, in a report to be released Wednesday, writes AFP. According to the latest inventory of the National Agency for the Management of Radioactive Waste (Andra), France had 1.62 million m3 of radioactive waste at the end of 2017, including 0.2% (3.740 m3) of high-level radioactive waste. be radioactive up to several hundred thousand years. The management costs of this waste (excluding future decommissioning operations of nuclear power plants) are officially estimated at 73.5 billion euros, of which 25 billion – amount fixed by decree – for the future deep geological disposal site Cigéo. But “our calculations made it possible to estimate that the volumes of high-level long-lived waste are five to seven times higher than the official figures (…). This means that the dimensions of the Cigeo project should be minimized”, said Florence from Bonnafos, from Greenpeace France. For the anti-nuclear NGO, a number of radioactive substances, such as spent fuel stored in La Hague pools, should be classified as waste and not as material (substances for which future use is planned or planned).
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All the news is not bad for EDF. On September 7th, Xavier Ursat welcomed the successful launch of the 2nd EPR tranche of the Chinese Taishan plant. “Just 9 months after the commissioning of the first reactor,” said, in the process, the executive director in charge of engineering and new nuclear EDF. It will be enough. Because, the rest of the news is not rosy for the energy expert. To begin, Wednesday, September 11, by the likely adoption in second reading of the energy-climate bill . Carried by the former minister of the ecological transition, François de Rugy ( once again deputy ), this text imposes in particular the group chaired by Jean-Bernard Lévy to close a dozen reactors by 2035. A heresy for the company which has built a part of its business model on extending the life span (at 60, if possible) of its nuclear fleet. To do this, the company will devote a hundred billion euros (by 2030) to the progressive modernization of its 19 atomic power plants. This upgrading is combined with “post-Fukushima” works , ordered in recent years by the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN). So much for the forecast. But the unexpected is responsible for leading the French nuclear sector. Paying for the loss of know-how, poor workmanship and fraud, the construction site of the Flamanville EPR reactor is getting bogged down. Following the welding business, the tricolor prototype should not start until 2022. That is 10 years after the planned date. Meanwhile, the amount of the estimate has more than tripled, from 3.5 to 11 billion euros. Financial drift that will have to compensate.
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