Six of the seven ten-year visits planned this year on EDF reactors have been extended, suggesting that the French operator is systematically underestimating the duration of the maintenance required to keep its aging nuclear fleet running safely. These decennial inspection extensions currently total 422 days, according to the latest transparency data. And, alone, the visit of Flamanville 2 unit (1.3 GW) was extended by more than 200 days. The 58 reactors at EDF are inspected every ten years by nuclear safety officials to determine if they are still fit for service. “The schedule of the stops is misleading,” said Montel Mycle Schneider, independent consultant in nuclear energy. “The very frequent extensions of these stops, where restart dates are pushed back again and again, are very clearly one of the causes of these long service interruptions,” he added.
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