EPR Flamanville: “The construction site no longer makes sense, we must stop costs” Yannick Rousselet, of Greenpeace France, reacted while the experts of the Nuclear Safety Authority recommend further repairs on the site of the third generation nuclear reactor. “These repairs of the welds will lead to take risks,” continued Yannick Rousselet. “EDF did not hide the fact that these operations are damaging the reactor with consequences for safety, and this project has already cost a lot of money.” The ASN experts can only give opinions on the subject. It is the Nuclear Safety Authority that will decide by the summer, but the report supports the hypothesis of postponing the start of the EPR.
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EPR of Flamanville: endless building site, astronomical bill. After months of expertise, the Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), responsible for securing the French nuclear power, has once again pinpoint the future reactor. Experts denounce a welding problem. ” Our position is very clear, there is not enough confidence, so we have to repair the welding, ” explains Thierry Charles, Deputy Director General IRSN in charge of nuclear safety. Repairs that are particularly difficult for EDF. The eight incriminated welds are not easily accessible. They are housed between two thick layers of concrete in the containment, close to the reactor. According to some experts, these repairs could lead to delays of two to three additional years on a site that is already almost eight years behind schedule. Despite the additional costs, the project will go to completion, according to the government. Work related to the EPR cost nearly 11 billion euros.
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