Framatome and the EPR reactor: a robust history and the passion it takes to succeed by Bernard Fontana, Chairman of the Managing Board and Chief Executive Officer of Framatome. “The Taishan 1 EPR reactor in China started up on June 6. This first chain reaction comes as the culmination of intense work accomplished by the nuclear industry for which Framatome is one of the key actors, as a part of the EDF Group. Framatome, the designer of this Generation III+ reactor, is proud, as I am proud, of this first start up, which underscores and rewards the years of engineering devoted to achieving this success alongside our client TNPJVC. As one of the largest commercial contracts ever granted to the French nuclear sector and, more generally, in the history of the civil nuclear industry, the Taishan 1 & 2 project confirms Framatome’s position as a major nuclear actor. On this project, we have handled the design engineering, the supply of the nuclear islands, and the provision of the fuel assemblies, as well as related technology transfers.
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The start of regular power production at Finland’s biggest nuclear reactor, Olkiluoto 3, will be pushed back another four months to September 2019, owner Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) said on Wednesday, the latest in a decade of delays. The project in western Finland, built by a consortium led by French state-owned nuclear group Areva has been hit by repeated delays, soaring costs and court disputes. “The commissioning tests of OL3 EPR will last longer than planned. Completion of the hot functional test took 50 days longer than planned,” TVO said in a statement after getting an update from Areva.
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