[Machine Translation] EPR Flamanville: calendar confirmed but “tense”, according to the CEO of EDF. Flamanville (France) – EDF CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy confirmed on Friday the schedule for the start of the future Flamanville EPR (Manche), but considered it “tense”, as the French regulator nuclear safety (ASN) at the beginning of the week. “The year 2018 will bring us, it’s our goal, to ensure that we can load the nuclear fuel in the tank in December,” said Jean-Bernard Levy to journalists on the site of the future nuclear reactor. “It’s a tense calendar, we’re used to it,” he said. “It is a calendar that is tense … also in the part of the approval of the various documents that will allow us to proceed with the loading of the fuel at the end of the year”, These statements echo the words of the President of the ASN, Pierre-Franck Chevet, who had judged on Monday the EPR calendar “tense” while underlining that “it will be the safety schedule that will be required”. EDF plans to start the Flamanville EPR at the end of 2018, for commercial commissioning in 2019. However, it must first obtain the green light from ASN, with two phases: the partial commissioning at the moment when the fuel arrives at the site, then an authorization for the introduction of the fuel into the tank.
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