French regulator grants safety approval for Flamanville reactor

09/06/2017 10:28 Nuclear

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French nuclear regulator ASN is likely to give safety approval for the nuclear reactor vessel being constructed for French utility EDF at its location in Flamanville, as reported in the Le Figaro newspaper.

The newspaper declared the regulator provided French utility EDF with elements of a preliminary report on the reactor which show that the equipment meets the security conditions for the reactor to start up normally.

 

The ASN approval is necessary for EDF, or it would suffer from extra expenditures of several billions of euros. Also, non-approval would have jeopardized scheduled takeover of nuclear conglomerate Areva’s reactor unit. 

 

ASN examined weak spots in the reactor's lid and base since 2015, when discovery of carbon concentrations in the steel during manufacturing process were reported. 

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