ASN considers that the steps taken by Framatome allow production to resume at the Creusot Forge plant. In 2015 and 2016, major technical and organisational shortcomings that had occurred in the Creusot Forge plant in the past were brought to light. In April 2017, ASN informed Framatome (Areva NP at the time) and EDF of the preconditions it considered necessary for forging operations to resume. In response to the ASN requests, Framatome identified the underlying causes of the failures observed in its plant and implemented an improvement plan concerning the organisation, skills, quality and safety culture prevailing within the plant. EDF has modified and reinforced its surveillance of this plant.
ASN 25th Jan 2018 read more »
Framatome said yesterday it had received approval from the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) and EDF to resume the manufacture of forgings for the French nuclear fleet at its Le Creusot site. The approval reflects the improvement plan launched at the site at the beginning of 2016, which Framatome said is now 90% complete and will be fully closed out in the first half of this year. The decision enables Le Creusot to continue ramping up its production with a target of 80 ingots per year. Maintaining and developing the skills of the Le Creusot plant teams is a “key element” of the site’s improvement plan, with a particular focus on strengthening the nuclear safety culture, Framatome said.
World Nuclear News 26th Jan 2018 read more »
France will not increase carbon emissions as it reduces its reliance on nuclear energy in coming years, a junior minister told energy newsletter Enerpresse. The centrist government of French President Emmanuel Macron has launched a year-long debate about energy policy before deciding in early 2019 on the future share of nuclear energy in France’s power production. It now stands at 75 percent. To assist discussions, grid operator RTE has prepared scenarios for cutting nuclear energy’s share from 56 percent to 11 percent by 2035, and an additional scenario on reducing nuclear reliance to 50 percent by 2025.
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