The government commissioned an independent audit of the turbulent construction of EDF’s pressurized European reactor (EPR) in Flamanville, which took years behind schedule and exceeded the planned budget of several billion euros. Problems encountered on the EPR site, whose commissioning could be delayed by three years due to faulty welding, are “incomprehensible” and “unacceptable”, said Friday the French Minister of Economy and Finance , Bruno Mayor, announcing the investigation. “I would like to know why we chose this EPR technology, why do we encounter so many difficulties, why were there poor workmanship, why are these famous welds have not been well done, “he added. The ASN, the nuclear safety authority, which asked EDF to repair the defects of eight welds, warned last month that the start of the EPR could be postponed until the end of 2022.
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The Minister of Economy has asked EDF “an independent audit” on the EPR. He deems “unacceptable” the repeated setbacks of the site of this third-generation reactor, explains in his column Jean-Michel Bezat, a journalist at the “World”.
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