Areva NP informed ASN of its intention to resume forging operations in its Creusot Forge plant, on nuclear pressure equipment components for French BNIs. In letters dated 12th April 2017 sent to Areva NP and EDF, ASN defined preconditions for resumption of the forging operations. Serious past technical and organisational malfunctions were brought to light in 2015 and 2016 in the Creusot Forge plant. Areva NP therefore implemented an action plan to guarantee the quality of future production by this plant. Since then, ASN has carried out several inspections in the plant, more specifically a multinational inspection in accordance with the inspection protocol of the Multinational Design Evaluation Program (MDEP), in 2016. Prior to the restart of manufacturing, ASN will check that the action plan is complete and that the actions already taken have proven to be effective. Subsequently, ASN will maintain increased oversight and monitoring of Areva NP’s Creusot Forge plant.
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