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Five French units to undergo steam generator checks

Regulation and Safety

19 October 2016

SG bottom head - 48The French nuclear safety authority has requested five of EDF's nuclear power units are taken offline for additional inspections on their steam generators within the next three months. The steel in parts of those components has been found to contain high concentrations of carbon.

Steam generators the subject of ASN attention

Regulation and Safety

26 September 2016

Creusot_Forge_(Areva)_64x48Steam generators at Fessenheim and Bugey are the only current areas of action for the French Nuclear Safety Authority, which has published a list of all the uncovered irregularities in manufacturing paperwork.

Hinkley legal bid fails as China urges government decision


09 August 2016

The High Court of Paris on 5 August rejected a request by EDF's Central Works Council to suspend the final investment decision for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project in the UK. Meanwhile, China's ambassador to the UK has called for the UK government to make a prompt decision on the project.

Iter transformer in place as materials tests continue

New Nuclear

11 October 2016

Iter_transformer_placement_2016-(Iter)-48As the first of three Chinese-supplied electrical transformers is installed at the Iter fusion project in France, researchers in the Netherlands are testing the resistance to neutron radiation of materials that will shield the fusion reactor's core.

Areva initiates creation of New Co


31 August 2016

Ahead of the sale of its reactor business to EDF, Areva has begun the process of splitting off its nuclear fuel cycle activities into a new entity, tentatively referred to as 'New Co'.

EDF extends depreciation period of 900 MWe units


01 August 2016

France's EDF has extended the accounting depreciation period of its fleet of 900 MWe nuclear power reactors from 40 years to 50 years, the company said last week whilst announcing its results for the first half of 2016.