The brief heat spike that hit southwestern France last week forced the Golfech plant to cut production. This episode once again illustrates the vulnerability of nuclear power plants to climatic hazards. It also shows that it is not always easy to correctly anticipate the downtimes caused by the heat: EDF indicated, on Wednesday 29 , that a reduction in production could be necessary from August 1, then changed notice the next day, Thursday 30 , before finally announcing the stop of Friday 31, the same day with less than 4 hours notice .
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The French nuclear safety authority, Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN), has published the report of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Pre-Operational Safety Review Team (Pre-OSART) mission conducted last year at the Flamanville 3 EPR. The mission team identified eight good practices and made six recommendations and 15 suggestions.
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