[Machine Translation] Since 2013, the steelmaker has multiplied manufacturing defects on major parts of nuclear power plants. EDF has changed supplier, not Areva. This is a new scandal in the French cradle of nuclear energy. In its Creusot plant, steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal has experienced several manufacturing defects on parts essential to the French nuclear fleet. A situation similar to that of Areva on its neighboring site, even if its anomalies hid even falsifications. Between 2013 and 2016, the world steel giant made dozens of steel sheets for EDF and Areva that were all poorly manufactured. It all started in 2012 when EDF noticed some wear on “cluster guide tubes” of some sites, including that of Paluel, in Normandy. These essential parts are introduced into the tank to modulate, and therefore stop in case of emergency, the nuclear reaction. Aware that this phenomenon will occur on all reactors in France, the electrician anticipates the change of all these parts. He launches an order of 2000 tubes from two subcontractors: Areva and the American Westinghouse. An important contract of a hundred million euros in total.
BFM Business 4th April 2018 read more »