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Five French nuclear reactors with Japanese parts ordered to close down and undergo safety tests 19 October 2016

France’s Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) has ordered the country’s main power generator Électricité de France (EDF) to conduct checks at five nuclear reactors ahead of scheduled maintenance, citing potential weakness in critical forged parts manufactured by a Japanese company. The company, Japan Casting & Forging Corp. (JCFC), is also under scrutiny by Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority....

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UK Government confirms Hinkley Point C nuclear project 15 September 2016

The UK Government issued the following press release on September 15: “Government confirms Hinkley Point C project following new agreement in principle with EDF - Ministers impose significant new safeguards for future foreign investment in critical infrastructure.”...

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UK Government announces surprise review of Hinkley Point C nuclear project 29 July 2016

The plan to build a new £18bn nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset suffered an eleventh-hour delay late on July 28 when the UK government said it would hold a new review hours after EDF, the project’s French developer, gave it the go-ahead. Greg Clark, the business and energy secretary, said that the Government would carefully consider the project before making a final decision in early autumn....

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EDF says Brexit no barrier to development of Hinkley Point C nuclear project 05 July 2016

French energy utility EDF on July 4 said Britain's referendum vote to quit the European Union was no barrier to its plan to develop a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset. The company made the statement to mark the end of a process of consultation with its works council of employee representatives, a process required under French law before a company can undertake a major project....

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Inquiry into French nuclear plant pressure vessel problems reveals series of "irregularities" 18 May 2016

The upper and bottom head of the reactor pressure vessel for the EPR reactor installed at the Flamanville nuclear power plant, currently under construction, were manufactured at Areva’s Le Creusot Forge facility in central France in 2006 and 2007. In 2014, tests on a vessel head similar to that of the Flamanville EPR revealed the steel had "lower than expected mechanical toughness values"....

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France’s energy minister expresses doubts over UK nuclear power project 16 May 2016

In an interview with the Financial Times, French energy minister Ségolène Royal said she was worried at the impact the £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear project would have on the balance sheet of state-owned utility EDF, which will make a final decision whether or not to go ahead with the project in September....

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French nuclear power at crossroads 25 April 2016

Nuclear energy is the primary source of energy in France, generating 77% of the country’s electricity, the largest share of any country in the world. This situation is due to the French government deciding in 1974, just after the first oil shock, to rapidly expand the country's nuclear power capacity, harnessing the country’s engineering expertise and enabling it to bypass its relative lack of native energy resources....

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EDF finance chief resigns over opposition to UK nuclear project 07 March 2016

French state-owned energy group EDF has confirmed that its finance director has quit ahead of an expected final investment decision on the £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the UK. Thomas Piquemal stepped down because he feared the project could jeopardise EDF's financial position, according to reports....

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French regulator says nuclear safety and radiation protection situation “is of major concern” 09 February 2016

At a press conference on January 20, Pierre-Franck Chevet, Chairman of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire, ASN), reviewed the current challenges faced by his organisation and the strategic priorities for nuclear safety and radiation protection in 2016. He said the current situation “is of major concern” and that the sector is “facing unprecedented challenges”....

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EDF once again postpones decision on construction of new UK nuclear plant 27 January 2016

According to a French business newspaper, EDF has once again put off a final decision on proceeding with the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in the UK because of the financial implications of the massive project. In an exclusive, the newspaper claims that the French state-owned utility is having difficulties raising its share of the £18 billion project. ...

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