French utility EDF has revealed flaws in ground anchors at eight of its nuclear reactors, with the design deemed ineffective in the event of a big earthquake, it said late on Wednesday. It planned to reinforce the anchors “as soon as possible” at Cattenom 1, Paluel 1, Paluel 2, Paluel 3 and Saint-Alban 1 – totalling 6.6 GW – between now and the end of the March, it added in a statement to the country’s ASN nuclear safety authority. The group had already reinforced the anchors at Cattenom 2, Flamanville 1 and Saint-Alban 2, it said. The flaws were found during a recent 10-year service of these units, it said.
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