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Flamanville EPR nuclear power station – delay after delay

Les Echos 4th July 2018 , EDF anticipates “a few months” of delay on the site of the nuclear reactor
Norman, because of the problems of welding announced in April. The weld
problems of the Flamanville EPR announced in April will have an “impact” on
the date of commissioning of the nuclear reactor under construction, said
Wednesday EDF. Until then, the electrician only mentioned a possible
“additional” delay.

“What we do know is that there will be an impact on the
project schedule. On the other hand, it is much too early to characterize
it, “said Bertrand Michoud, the site’s development director, reviewing
welding problems at a local information committee gathering industrialists,
the safety authority. (ASN), local elected representatives, unions and
associations, next to Flamanville (Manche). “The order of magnitude is a
few months,”

Since 2015, EDF has posted a start-up schedule at the end of
2018 for commercial commissioning in 2019, seven years late. “A few months”
of additional delay, “yes, it seems credible,” said the head of the EPR
pole at ASN Normandy, Eric Zelnio, interviewed by AFP after the meeting.
According to the ASN, the delivery of the fuel, which was to take place
this summer, is postponed, but could occur before the end of the year.

July 7, 2018 - Posted by | France, politics

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