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EDF reactors move closer to restart

Regulation and Safety

06 December 2016

The French nuclear safety authority has accepted analyses submitted by EDF on the serviceability of ten of its 900 MWe reactors in which some steam generator parts were found to contain high concentrations of carbon. The utility will soon submit analyses for two 1450 MWe units.

Contract signed for Areva reactor business sale


16 November 2016

Areva and EDF yesterday signed a contract for the sale of Areva NP's reactor business. EDF will take exclusive control of the new entity, referred to as 'New NP' and valued at €2.5 billion ($2.7 billion).

Court rejects EDF works council appeal against Hinkley


28 October 2016

The High Court of Paris has rejected an appeal by EDF's Central Works Council over the court's earlier rejection of its request to suspend the final investment decision for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project in the UK.

Iter decommissioning to be studied

Waste and Recycling

29 November 2016

Iter tokamak - 48A consortium led by Amec Foster Wheeler has been awarded a contract to examine the future decommissioning of the Iter fusion reactor, currently under construction at Cadarache in the south of France.

IAEA notes improved operational safety at EDF

Regulation and Safety

11 November 2016

French nuclear power plant operator EDF has improved operational safety over the past two years, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. However, it noted that more time is needed for further enhancements to be made.

IAEA sees good safety performance at Golfech

Regulation and Safety

27 October 2016

Golfech - 48EDF's Golfech nuclear power plant in France has demonstrated a strong commitment to safety, an expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded. However, the mission made recommendations to reinforce some safety measures.