An explosion has been reported at unit 1 turbine hall of Flamanville nuclear power plant in northwest France.
Continuing difficulties with EDF’s European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) technology at a flagship plant in northern France are leading to doubts about the viability of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant across the English Channel in the UK.
Areva has responded to criticism of nuclear project over runs by insisting that the high cost at Flamanville is simply because it is the “first of a series” and future European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) costs will fall as the project develops.
The news that the Flamanville nuclear power plant is being subjected to an investigation as a result of a fault in its reactor pressure vessel represents another unwelcome development for the UK’s nuclear power project at Hinkley Point C.
The French regulator, Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) is planning a more thorough investigation into the Areva nuclear power company as concerns about part quality and documentation remain.
The World Nuclear Association has responded to concerns being expressed in mainstream media about the reliability of EDF’s European Pressurised Reactors (EPR), while also questioning the merits of gas power if new nuclear goes unbuilt.