[Machine Translation] To date, 20 reactors out of 58 of the French nuclear fleet are shut down. Many are expected to restart by the end of November, but their aging and general condition is worrying. Reporterre takes stock with a map detailing the situation of each plant. Winter will be tough for French nuclear power plants. This Monday, October 23, 20 of their reactors are stopped. Of these, at least 8 were put to rest because of a malfunction or a safety problem. On the others, many are currently undergoing maintenance that also seek to repair the anomalies that accumulate in recent years. A situation highlighted by Reporterre in a map detailing the central location by central. Last malfunction, the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) unveiled in mid-October that the cooling pumps of 29 nuclear reactors were affected by significant corrosion. In case of earthquake or flood, the pipes could yield. This is one of the causes of the Fukushima accident. According to the ASN, the renovation of the ducts was started immediately on all the reactors, but these will require more complete repairs before being totally secure.
Reporterre 23rd Oct 2017 read more »
[Machine Translation] 2/3 of French nuclear power plants down or stopped. French nuclear power is not doing well: by the end of October 2017, more than half of the reactors are not in service. This is the conclusion drawn by an article of Reporterre. The site has recorded the operating status of the 58 reactors scattered on French soil. And it appears that a good part of them is either broken down or stopped. In all, three plants are completely shut down, eleven have at least one reactor out of service and only five are operating at full capacity.
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