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Framatome launches new coating technologies

Framatome launches new coating technologies

France's Framatome has launched a range of new protective coatings that it says can reduce maintenance costs and extend the operating life of components and equipment used in nuclear power plants. The first application of this technology has been at Dominion Energy's Surry plant in the US state of Virginia.

Corporate 21 June 2019


Weld repairs to delay Flamanville EPR start-up

Weld repairs to delay Flamanville EPR start-up

Eight welds in the main steam transfer pipes that penetrate the two walls of the containment of the Flamanville EPR must be repaired before the reactor is commissioned, France's nuclear safety regulator, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire has told EDF. The utility will assess the decision's impact on the cost and schedule of the project.

New Nuclear 20 June 2019


IAEA sees improved operational safety at Golfech

IAEA sees improved operational safety at Golfech

EDF, the operator of the Golfech nuclear power plant in France, has strengthened operational safety by addressing the findings of an initial International Atomic Energy Agency review in 2016, a follow-up mission has concluded. However, the mission made recommendations to EDF to reinforce some safety measures.

Regulation & Safety 21 May 2019


French bill delays nuclear reduction by 10 years

French bill delays nuclear reduction by 10 years

France will delay its planned reduction in the share of nuclear power its electricity mix to 50% from the current 2025 target to 2035 under a draft energy and climate bill. The bill was presented to the Council of Ministers by Minister for an Ecological and Solidarity Transition François de Rugy on 30 April.

Nuclear Policies 02 May 2019


Viewpoint: A long future for France’s nuclear fleet?

Viewpoint: A long future for France’s nuclear fleet?

France set out its energy transition roadmap in the recently proposed PPE plan. Included are challenging targets to gradually reduce the country's reliance on nuclear generation. Pierre George, senior director, and Claire Mauduit-Le Clercq, director, EMEA Utilities at S&P Global Ratings, explain the implications for France’s nuclear future and for the country’s sole nuclear operator, EDF.

Perspectives 23 April 2019


Framatome invests in Ugine nuclear alloy plant

Framatome invests in Ugine nuclear alloy plant

Framatome has upgraded its Ugine nuclear alloy plant with an additional EUR 12.6 million (USD14.2 million) vacuum arc remelting furnace. Metal alloys made at Ugine are manufactured into components used in reactor cores around the world.

Corporate 11 April 2019


French, US regulators expand cooperation

French, US regulators expand cooperation

France's Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission have signed an agreement to cooperate in emergency preparedness.

Regulation & Safety 15 March 2019


New replacement steam generator for Gravelines 5

New replacement steam generator for Gravelines 5

One of three new replacement steam generators has arrived at the port of Dunkerque in northern France ahead of their installation at unit 5 of the nearby Gravelines nuclear power plant. Installation of the original replacement components was delayed from 2016 after discrepancies were found in their manufacturing files.

Corporate 14 March 2019


EDF results show expected rebound

EDF results show expected rebound

EDF in 2018 achieved all its financial objectives and exceeded the targets of its performance plan, company chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy announced last week. Its performance would be "amplified" in 2019, he said during the presentation of its results.

Corporate 18 February 2019


EDF awaits ruling on Flamanville EPR welds

EDF awaits ruling on Flamanville EPR welds

French utility EDF said today it will give an update on the schedule and construction cost of the Flamanville EPR once the country's nuclear safety regulator has ruled in May whether some welds in the unit's secondary system need replacing.

Regulation & Safety 31 January 2019