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EDF feels heat from nuclear weld problems | Business – The Times

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EDF feels heat from nuclear weld problems | Business – The Times
About 20 French nuclear reactors built since 2008 are believed to be affected, the country’s Nuclear Safety Authority saidFRANCIS DEMANGE/GETTY IMAGES

The French state electricity group building Britain’s new nuclear plant suffered another setback yesterday when it admitted to possible faults with components used in reactors in France.

The disclosure alarmed investors, raised a new question mark over the French nuclear industry and will fuel speculation that slipshod practices have gained hold in a sector that supplies about three quarters of the country’s electricity.

EDF said that a factory that made steam generators used in nuclear reactors had failed to follow standard procedures. The problem was with the welds on the generators, it said.

The factory is in Saint-Marcel, central France, and is owned by Framatome, a French nuclear group in which EDF has a majority stake. The plant supplies heavy equipment for the French nuclear…

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