[Machine Translation] ASN anticipates a new delay for the Flamanville EPR. The commissioning of the Flamanville EPR (Manche) in due time – end of 2018 according to EDF – will be “tense”, said Pierre-Franck Chevet, President of the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), when his wishes to the press, Monday 29 January. “The schedule will be what it will be, because the commissioning is subject to our authorization and we must have all the elements. We will say yes when we feel that we will be able to say yes. […] This will be the schedule of security that will be required, “he insisted. This important work yet to be carried out could thwart the timetable presented by EDF on January 9th, fuel loading and start-up of the reactor at the end of 2018. The operator had indicated to the press that the cold tests had been completed on January 6 and had gone well, and that hot tests were to begin next July. Critical deadlines also for the Fessenheim nuclear power plant, the closure of which is subject to the entry into service of the EPR.
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[Machine translation] Flamanville: ASN cautious on EPR start-up schedule. The Nuclear Safety Authority was cautious on Monday on the timing of the start of the future EPR Flamanville (Channel) by EDF, theoretically expected at the end of the year. “It will be tense” and “it will be the safety calendar that will be required,” said the president of ASN Pierre-Franck Chevet on the occasion of his wishes to the press. “When we know more about what is missing, etc. it will be said, for now it’s tense, “he repeated. The electrician EDF plans to start the Flamanville EPR at the end of 2018, for commercial commissioning in 2019. But he must first obtain the green light from the ASN. The application for authorization has two phases: the partial commissioning at the moment when the fuel arrives on the site, then an authorization for the introduction of the fuel into the tank.
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