French state-controlled utility EDF’s nuclear reactor under construction in Flamanville, northern France, could suffer further delays if certain weldings need to be redone, the country’s nuclear regulator ASN said on Tuesday. At ASN’s annual nuclear safety review, its chief regulator said there were questions about the quality of eight weldings on pipes between the Flamanville 3 reactor and the turbine building, and that there was a problem with one of the weldings. “If the ASN were to rule that those … weldings need to be redone, it is possible that EDF’s start-up calendar may not be respected,” Bernard Doroszczuk, who took up his post two months ago, told reporters. EDF said last week it would make further tests next month on faulty weldings at Flamanville 3 but added it still targeted loading nuclear fuel at the plant in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Reuters 29th Jan 2019 read more »
French utility EDF said today it will give an update on the schedule and construction cost of the Flamanville EPR once the country’s nuclear safety regulator has ruled in May whether some welds in the unit’s secondary system need replacing.
World Nuclear News 31st Jan 2019 read more »