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France's Areva is to play a significant part in the decommissioning of the 1,345 MW Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant in Germany.
Thomas Piquemal, the former chief financial officer with EDF, has told a French parliamentary committee meeting that he left the company over a decision to go ahead with the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project, despite his advice to delay it.
A review of Areva's nuclear components prompted by faults found in its new European Pressurized Reactor vessels has uncovered more irregularities.
Leading energy academics are warning that France has insufficient funds reserved for decommissioning its nuclear reactor facilities.
EDF has agreed to a significant investment in troubled nuclear reactor maker Areva, fuelling fears of a knock on negative impact on the company's commitment to financial investment in Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in southwest England.