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Costly progress as EDF plans replacement of tank lid for Flamanville nuclear reactor

Journal de l’environement 28th June 2017 [Machine Translation] While acknowledging its weaknesses, the nuclear gendarme should authorize the entry into service of the Flamanville EPR
reactor at the end of next year.

In return, EDF will have to multiply the controls, some of which are impossible to achieve. And change the lid of
the reactor vessel “as soon as possible”.

The conference room of the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) was full on Wednesday afternoon. After
months of suspense, the regulator of the nuclear park was to return its “position” about the future of the flagship of the tricolor atomic industry: the Flamanville EPR.

In a few minutes, the case is dispatched. What do you expect from the ASN? Work will continue in Flamanville. If all
goes well, the third reactor is expected to start at the end of 2018. Prudente, EDF has ordered, from April, a Japanese blacksmith a new tank lid. In Pierre-Franck Chevet’s opinion, the machine should be ready to install in 2024, six years after the reactor is commissioned!

Cost: a hundred million euros. A drop of water, compared to the 10.5 billion already engulfed by EDF in the largest construction site in France.
http://www.journaldelenvironnement.net/article/epr-de-flamanville-une-decision-inaudible-de-l-asn,84091

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July 1, 2017 - Posted by | France, safety

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