EDF will reduce staff to around 100 from 800 at its Flamanville nuclear power plant in northern France due to coronavirus infections in the Cotentin region, a spokesman for the French utility said on Monday. Only people in charge of safety and security will remain on-site. While the two reactors have been offline for maintenance since January and September, respectively, major maintenance work was under way. EDF also said construction work on a long-delayed third reactor on the site would be reduced.
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The pandemic plan was launched this Monday morning at the Flamanville nuclear power plant, learned Europe 1. The famous Cotentin nuclear power plant is located in the heart of one of the foci of coronavirus. EDF therefore decided to initiate the business continuity plan. Only the teams that ensure safety and security are authorized to work on site, i.e. 100 people instead of the usual 800. In this way, EDF, which has identified several cases of coronavirus in its teams, limits its spread while ensuring the proper functioning of the installations. The plant, which has two reactors, has been shutdown for several months due to work. But fuel is still present in the reactors, which requires the presence of teams on site to monitor that everything is going well. There is also a site security team.
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Forced shutdown of the power plant, delays in the EPR … in Flamanville, the nuclear curse. The two reactors at Flamanville, in the English Channel, have not been operating for months. A shutdown ordered by the nuclear gendarme who considered the state of the plant worrying.