[Machine Translation] New disappointment for the Flamanville EPR, welding gaps involved. “Quality discrepancies” on certain welds of the EPR nuclear reactor Flamanville (Channel) were detected at the end of March, announced Tuesday the EDF group, without yet being able to decide on the consequences in terms of timing and cost. Expertise has been launched to analyze the causes and nature of these differences, according to EDF. It will define the actions to remedy this proposed to the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), said the group in a statement. Following the detected quality discrepancies, EDF decided to make “additional checks on the 150 welds concerned of the main secondary circuit”. The expertise and all controls will be completed by the end of May.
Romandie 10th April 2018 read more »
The former Japanese PM visits Flamanville and La Hague, and draws 400 locals to an inspiring evening event in Normandy, France. Most of the time you don’t see former leaders of major world powers trudging along windy clifftops as they listen to anti-nuclear activists hold forth. That is why I find the odyssey of former Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, ever more extraordinary. For a handful of years now he has been traveling around the world speaking out in favor of an end to the use of nuclear power. And he has been talking to us. Kan was in Normandy, France at the same time that its president, Emmanuel Macron, was promoting his country’s deeply flawed EPR reactors in India, an irony that was not lost on his audience. His visit was hosted by two of the leading anti-nuclear organizations in the region — CRILAN and Collectif anti-nucléaire Ouest. Kan came right to Flamanville, the site of the French “flagship” EPR, the very one Macron was flogging in India. Flamanville 3, now fast approaching hot testing, has become a disaster of epic proportions in which nothing has gone right, from a faulty concrete pour for the foundation to the flawed forging of essential safety components. It is massively over-budget and years behind schedule.
Beyond Nuclear 8th April 2018 read more »