A nationwide strike by workers of French utility EDF (EDF.PA) in protest against a plan to restructure the state-controlled company reduced power generation at several nuclear and gas fired power plants on Wednesday evening, company data showed. The strike had reduced French power generation by around 4.5 gigawatts (GW) or over 8% of total available generation capacity by 2140 GMT, according to data from EDF and grid operator RTE.
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EDF, the French electricity company, has insisted that its nuclear reactors are safe, despite admitting that six contained components that fail to meet industry standards. EDF, which is leading the project to build Britain’s new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset, also conceded that sub-standard parts had been found in a new-generation reactor under construction in Normandy. The reactor, at Flamanville, which is of the same kind as those planned for Hinkley Point, has been beset by flaws and cost-overruns and will not open until 2022 at the earliest, a decade behind its initial schedule. EDF declined to say whether the latest problem would delay the launch still further. The company revealed last week that some welds on steam generators made in a factory in Saint-Marcel in central France had been found to suffer from a “a deviation from technical standards governing the manufacture of nuclear-reactor components”. In a statement yesterday, it said that sixteen of the affected generators had been installed in six reactors – two at Blayais near Bordeaux and in others at Dampierre-en-Burly and Bugey in central France, Fessenheim in eastern France and Paluel in the north of the country.
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France to give millions of residents iodine pills while EDF spots problems in six nuclear reactors.
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Shares in EDF swung back up after announcing today that there is no need to close down any reactors after finding technical faults in its majority owned nuclear component manufacturing firm last week.
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“We are in trust”: EDF tries to reassure on the manufacturing defects of six nuclear reactors
Technical problems are noted on some steam generators, four of which are installed on the EPR Flamanville, Channel, which continues to accumulate the setbacks. On Wednesday 18 September, EDF gave details: six reactors in operation, located in the Blayais (Gironde), Bugey (Ain), Fessenheim (Haut-Rhin), Paluel (Seine-Maritime) and Dampierre ( Loiret), are affected by these manufacturing defects – a total of sixteen active steam generators. “At this stage of the technical instruction on these components, EDF believes that the differences noted do not question the ability to service equipment and do not require immediate treatment , ” said EDF. In other words: the group intends to plead with the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) that these manufacturing defects do not affect the safety level and do not contradict the specifications of the operation.
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Flamanville reactor 1 (Channel) was shut down on Wednesday because of corrosion on back-up systems, despite a recent 10-month review. As the plant’s second reactor is already shut down for its decennial inspection, the plant no longer produces electricity. The duration of this new stop “will be defined according to the precise nature of the repairs to be carried out”, indicates the direction of the station recently placed under “reinforced surveillance” by the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) due to difficulties. According to the manager of the French high-voltage electricity network RTE, the shutdown must last at least until 2 October.
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