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French and Russian nuclear utilities extend collaboration


26 April 2016

EDF-Rosenergoatom - April 2016 - 48French utility EDF has signed an agreement to extend its cooperation with Rosenergoatom, the operator of Russia's civil nuclear power plants. The companies will cooperate in reactor operations, decommissioning and waste management.

EDF buys Studsvik's waste treatment operations


20 April 2016

Sweden's Studsvik has agreed to sell its low-level radioactive waste operations in Sweden and the UK to EDF of France. At the same time, the two companies have agreed to collaborate in decommissioning and waste management.

Steam generator dropped at French reactor

Regulation and Safety

04 April 2016

Paluel 2 steam generator drop - 48A used steam generator was dropped within the reactor building of unit 2 of the Paluel nuclear power plant in France, operator EDF has informed the country's nuclear regulator. The plant is currently offline for a maintenance outage, including replacement of all four steam generators.

Recovering the safety margin of nuclear reactors

Regulation and Safety

25 April 2016

Age is no barrier to prolonging the operation of nuclear power plants thanks to technological advances that could not have been predicted by reactor designers working decades ago. That was the conclusion of nuclear industry leaders at a conference hosted recently by EDF Energy and the World Association of Nuclear Operators in London.

Flamanville EPR vessel tests extended

Regulation and Safety

14 April 2016

EPR reactor vessel 48Areva and EDF's program for testing the mechanical properties of Flamanville 3's reactor pressure vessel has been extended. Previously the tests were to be carried out on samples from two forged parts but will now be conducted on three.

Areva, CEA and EDF create consultative body


01 April 2016

Areva, EDF and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) have launched a tripartite consultative body to "best confront the profound changes currently under way in the highly-competitive nuclear sector".