French utility EDF (EDF.PA) has delayed the restart of its Flamanville 1 and 2 reactors by several weeks until mid-December and late January after a succession of problems. EDF delayed the restart of 1,300 megawatt (MW) Flamanville 1 in the north of France by more than a month to Dec. 15 from Nov. 11. The reactor has been offline since Sept. 18 for planned maintenance. Restart of Flamanville 2, which has similar capacity and has been offline since last January, was delayed by two months to Jan. 31, 2020. The reactor is undergoing its third 10-year overhaul.
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On the shores of the English channel in Normandy, engineers are struggling to fix eight faulty welds at a plant that’s supposed to showcase France’s savoir faire in nuclear power. As they consider sending in robots to access hard-to-get-to areas between two containment walls, for Electricite de France it’s just the latest setback in a project that’s running a decade late and almost four times over budget. “We hear every year that there’s a new problem,” Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Monday. “It is not acceptable that one of the most prestigious and strategic sectors for our country is facing so many difficulties.” The Flamanville plant is now slated to be completed in 2022 at a price tag of 12.4 billion euros ($13.8 billion), with the latest glitch costing a whopping 1.5 billion euros. Bemoaning the loss of France’s edge in the sector because of a 15-year gap between the start of construction at the plant and that of the previous reactor, Le Maire has given EDF a month to come up with an action plan to restore the industry’s know-how before the country can determine whether it will build any new atomic plants.
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