April 11, 2019 / 10:59 AM / 7 months ago

French experts recommend repairs to faulty weldings at Flamanville reactor - source

PARIS, April 11 (Reuters) - A group of independent French technical experts has unanimously recommended to nuclear regulator ASN that EDF repair faulty weldings at its Flamanville nuclear reactor, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters.

The recommendation is not binding, but it could influence the ASN in deciding to reject EDF’s proposal to leave eight key faulty weldings in place rather than replace them, a process that could again delay the reactor by many months and cost EDF hundreds of millions of euros.

A spokeswoman for the ASN declined to comment on the report, but said that the ASN ruling on Flamanville, originally scheduled for early May, had now been delayed to June or possibly later this summer. The regulator may issue a statement about the review process in coming days.

EDF was not immediately available for comment. (Reporting by Geert De Clercq. Editing by Georgina Prodhan and Jane Merriman)

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