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French 'Shocked' As Power Prices Spike To 8-Year Highs On Nuclear Reactor Probe Shutdown

The scale of forced closures in nuclear power-reliant France - 19 reactors offline and 12 more due to shut - is the biggest since the Fukushima disaster in 2011, after French nuclear safety watchdog ASN warned its sprawling probe into forged quality control reports on reactor parts would turn up more irregularities. These deepening setbacks have sent French power prices soaring to 8 year highs and are expected to spike more into the winter...

Thank god the French are helping to build our new nuclear reactor!

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56 minutes ago, interestrateripoff said:

French 'Shocked' As Power Prices Spike To 8-Year Highs On Nuclear Reactor Probe Shutdown

The scale of forced closures in nuclear power-reliant France - 19 reactors offline and 12 more due to shut - is the biggest since the Fukushima disaster in 2011, after French nuclear safety watchdog ASN warned its sprawling probe into forged quality control reports on reactor parts would turn up more irregularities. These deepening setbacks have sent French power prices soaring to 8 year highs and are expected to spike more into the winter...

Thank god the French are helping to build our new nuclear reactor!

???? - explains why EDF has been up and down like a yo-yo recently!

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Are French building, in partnership with the chinese, our next nuclear power station?  

 

Remind me, how far does the nuclear fallout cloud spread when it all goes Pete tong?  

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I've been struggling to find out how deep this rabbit holes goes.

This appears to have been the result of the french nuclear regulator looking very closely at the new plant under construction in Normandy, and a prototype of the plants planned at HPC. Last year, EDF announced that they had found that the reactor installed in Normandy didn't meet the required specifications, after a duplicate was subjected to sacrificial testing.

The issue appears to be historical parts which were manufactured from 1964 onwards, for which the quality control documentation is incomplete or inconsistent. Whether it has actually been forged is not yet clear, and the authorities have not released any details as to what the "irregularities" actually are. However, it appears that as part of the investigation into the Flamanville reactor screw-up, the French regulator has stumbled into a cluster fail of epic proportions. 

Well, on the bright side, at least the regulator has spotted the anomalies now. Pity they hadn't been spotted 40 years ago.

 

As an aside, part of the government support for HPC, is dependent on the flamanville plant being online by the end of 2020. In the event that the plant is not operating, this voids the bond guarantees that the government has offered to EDF.

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