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Fear of a series anomaly on existing reactors in the EDF fleet

2022-01-14T18:59:03.544Z

The world's largest operator of nuclear power plants fears a "generic fault" in its fleet. Since mid-December, week after week, the worst-case scenario has emerged for EDF's nuclear fleet. Engineers from the world's largest operator of nuclear power plants are working on the possibility of a "generic fault" potentially affecting an increasing number of power plants. All in the middle of winter, when France has some of the lowest electricity production margins in recent decades. The situ



Since mid-December, week after week, the worst-case scenario has emerged for EDF's nuclear fleet.

Engineers from the world's largest operator of nuclear power plants are working on the possibility of a

"generic fault"

potentially affecting an increasing number of power plants.

All in the middle of winter, when France has some of the lowest electricity production margins in recent decades.

The situation is being monitored

"very closely"

by the executive, said a ministerial source.

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The shutdown of nuclear reactors makes EDF waver

On December 15, EDF indicated that it was stopping the two reactors in Chooz and Civaux, which were still running, in an emergency.

Engineers suspected a generic defect.

The operator announced on the evening of Thursday January 13 that reactor number 1 at Penly (Normandy) was also affected by this problem.

The defect, which until now only concerned a single family of reactors, that of the four "N4" of Civaux and Chooz, now affects a "P'4" of Penly.

EDF operates…

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Source: lefigaro

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