EDF is employing new techniques in a bid to restart four nuclear reactors that have been idled for months due to a series of glitches, a top executive at the French utility said. EDF had to close two of the reactors following the discovery of manufacturing problems and document falsification at the foundry of its supplier Areva, while the others were shut down by a sealing problem and an accident. The outages have led to higher power prices, are undermining France’s security of supply and are costing EDF an average of one million euros in lost revenue per reactor per day, or nearly 1.5 billion euros ($1.6 billion) on an annual basis. Philippe Sasseigne, the head of EDF’s 58 French nuclear power stations, said it had found several new technical fixes and that all four plants would restart this year if its proposals get the go-ahead from French nuclear regulator the Autorite de Surete Nucleaire (ASN).
Reuters 15th March 2017 read more »