The restart of reactors at EDF’s Flamanville nuclear power plant was postponed, following “non-conformities” noted by the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN). The Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) again scratches EDF by denouncing a new series of breaches at Flamanville The Authority noted a long series of “non-conformities” on a nuclear power plant reactor, shut down, and whose restart is postponed, we learned from the nuclear gendarme. According to the RTE website, which manages the electricity network, the restart of reactor 1 is postponed to December 15 and that of reactor 2 to November 8, while in April these restarts were announced for October 31. Reactor 2 has been in maintenance since January 10, 2019. Reactor 1 has been shut down since September 18, 2019 due to corrosion problems. Their restart has been repeatedly postponed. Asked by AFP, the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) indicated that the postponement of the restart of reactor 2 was partly due to requests on its part. “These are non-conformities noted by ASN in particular during its inspections. Another part concerns the justifications that ASN expects”, according to the press service of the nuclear gendarme. In an 11-page letter dated October 7, available on its website, ASN thus formulated numerous “corrective action requests” concerning in particular “oil leaks” on an engine, “intumescent door seals. firestop “to” replace “, the” age “of compressors,” cracks “on reinforced concrete, or” corrosion “on a valve.
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France’s EDF has issued an initial progress report on the status of its excell plan, saying commitments made under the plan have now been met or are close to being so. The plan aims to enhance the French nuclear industry’s manufacturing quality, boost skills and tighten governance of major nuclear projects.
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