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UK nuclear parts made at French plant in fakery probe

 Telegraph   Emily Gosdenenergy editor 4 MAY 2016 Parts of the Sizewell B nuclear power station in Suffolk were made at a French plant being investigated over possible fake manufacturing records, EDF Energy has confirmed.

EDF said components destined for the proposed Hinkley Point C plant were also made at the Areva-owned Le Creusot plant, where anomalies in documents related to 400 nuclear components have so far been identified.The revelations come as EDF’s former chief financial officer Thomas Piquemal, broke his silence to explain his fears over the Hinkley project that led to his resignation in March.

Mr Piquemal said he had sought a three-year delay to Hinkley as he was not prepared to “bet 60 to 70pc of [EDF’S] equity on a technology that has not yet proven that it can work and which takes 10 years to build”.

He said the proposed reactor technology involved “major construction risk”.

EDF has already postponed a decision on the £18bn Hinkley project until September as it consults with unions on a plan to shore up its balance sheet, but the problems at the Le Creusot plant have raised further doubts about the project and as well as nuclear safety at existing plants………http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/05/04/uk-nuclear-parts-made-at-french-plant-in-fakery-probe/

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May 6, 2016 - Posted by | business and costs, France, secrets,lies and civil liberties

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