EDF has announced a further delay to construction of its Flamanville 3 nuclear power plant project in France, which uses the same European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) design as the firm’s Hinkley Point C project and planned Sizewell C plant. According to The Telegraph, an EDF spokesman has, however, downplayed the likelihood of similar problems occurring at the developer’s Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C sites. The spokesperson said: “The experience gained from other EPRs has already led to innovation and productivity improvements at Hinkley Point C which is making great progress despite the challenges created by the Covid pandemic. These benefits will flow through to Sizewell C where replication will reduce costs for consumers. The current gas crisis underlines the value of investment in nuclear in this country.” Stop Sizewell C representative Alison Downes said the government should “run a mile from EDF’s disastrous track record with the EPR and abandon Sizewell C”.
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A key component of the UK Government’s net zero emissions strategy, two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C are currently under construction by EDF Energy. Stromag has supported the project by delivering specialised brakes for multiple cranes at the site, including those that will lift radioactive uranium fuel rods from the very heart of the reactors.
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