Documents obtained by Capital cast doubt on the reliability of the safety equipment imposed on EDF after the Fukushima accident. Decidedly, EDF has serious problems with its nuclear power plants … Very hard hit by the setbacks of the construction of the Flamanville EPR (ten years behind the initial schedule and tripling of the planned cost …), the world’s second largest producer of electricity is also experiencing big failures with its program of “ultimate help diesel” (DUS). As a reminder, following the Fukushima disaster, caused in March 2011 by the failure of the generators supplying the Japanese power plant, the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) had in 2012 imposed on EDF to install, on each of its nuclear sites, two autonomous back-up engines. Capable of withstanding flooding and extreme temperature fluctuations, they had to be housed in bunkerized buildings and provided with a reserve of 120.
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