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IAEA commends commitments of member states

Regulation and Safety

13 October 2017

Jeep II reactor - 48Recent International Atomic Energy Agency missions have found commitment to safety by France's nuclear safety regulator and the operator of a Norwegian research reactor. The agency, which last week concluded a nuclear security advisory mission to Germany, also said Poland is committed to the safe management of radioactive waste.

EDF on track with Flamanville performance testing

New Nuclear

09 October 2017

EDF is preparing for the next stage of system performance testing at the Flamanville EPR, with a view to the fuel loading and reactor start-up at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018. The company has thus confirmed its roadmap for Flamanville 3 drawn up in September 2015 and that the project cost is set at €10.5 billion (2015 rate, excluding interim interest).

Areva NP chief highlights restructuring progress

Corporate

15 September 2017

Fontana-Isted - WNA Symposium 2017 - 48Corporate restructuring of the French nuclear sector is "on track and major milestones have been successfully achieved", Bernard Fontana, CEO of French engineering company Areva NP, said yesterday. These milestones include re-focusing Areva NP on its core business since July 2016 and the ongoing transfer of the company's assets to a "financially sound and cash-generating" subsidiary, namely New NP.

ASN gives final opinion on Flamanville EPR vessel

Regulation and Safety

12 October 2017

Flamanville EPR vessel head  - 48The mechanical properties of the vessel head and bottom head of the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor pressure vessel are adequate and are therefore serviceable, the French nuclear regulator has concluded. However, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) still requires the vessel head to be replaced by the end of 2024.

Largest French nuclear training centre opens

New Nuclear

28 September 2017

Trihom training centre - 48A new nuclear training centre has been inaugurated by Trihom, a training organisation jointly owned by New Areva and Engie's industrial maintenance subsidiary Endel. The new centre - in Equeurdreville-Hainneville, Normandy - is the largest nuclear training centre in France.

TVO appeals Areva state aid decision

Corporate

13 September 2017

Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) announced today it has filed an appeal against the European Commission's approval for the French government to inject €4.5 billion ($5.4 billion) into Areva. TVO claims the plan does not provide sufficient guarantees that the Olkiluoto 3 EPR project will be completed.