On Thursday 8 October, the Nuclear Safety Authority authorized the arrival of nuclear fuel at the Flamanville EPR, which will be stored in the building’s swimming pool. This is one of the stages prior to commissioning the reactor. On Monday, October 12, the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) announced that it had authorized the arrival of nuclear fuel on the site of the Flamanville EPR reactor, still under construction. This fuel will be stored in the swimming pool of the building provided for this function. If ” the reception and storage of new fuel present risks of dispersal of radioactive substances in the event of an assembly falling during its handling “, ASN considers that EDF has taken sufficient measures to prevent any accident, after an inspection carried out in August in Flamanville. ASN also validated the use of radioactive gases ” to carry out efficiency tests on certain filtration devices “. The reactor was officially due to start in 2023, but the health crisis has certainly (still) delayed the start-up. “ With regard to Flamanville 3, in the context of the health crisis, all on-site construction activities were temporarily suspended between mid-March and early May, which could lead to delays and additional costs. upgrading of the main secondary circuit welds and other technical matters is continuing, and remains subject to the approval of the Nuclear Safety Authority “, the EDF group explained in August. An in-depth study to assess the need for a schedule and cost update is underway and will soon be finalized.
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