I suppose I should have taken pity on him really. After all, what job could possibly be more thankless right now than UK public relations representative for Électricité de France (EDF)? A company that is so thoroughly bankrupt fiscally, and so beset by safety flaws and technical failures, would likely never survive in any other market. But in the nuclear sector there are forces willing to superglue failing companies like EDF to a safety net that simply won’t let it fall. Or fail. And so by the same miracle that its reactors remain standing, so does its PR team. Just. EDF is way behind schedule and wildly over-budget at its so-called flagship reactor at Flamanville in France, at its Hinkley C project in the UK and at Olkiluoto in Finland. Its reactor projects have been beset by faulty welds and a defective containment cover at Flamanville that EDF balked at replacing due to cost but which, due to the delays, may end up being replaced before the reactor ever starts up. The forge EDF uses has been beset by scandal for falsifying quality control and producing defective safety parts now installed in numerous reactors. There are almost 400 cracks in its Scottish reactors at Hunterston, yet EDF claims they can still run safely. Its shares are tumbling. It is saved only by being owned by the French government. As an independent corporation it would have been long finished.
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