March 20, 2019 / 1:55 PM / 3 months ago

French EDF says earthquake had no impact on Blayais nuclear plant

PARIS, March 20 (Reuters) - French state-controlled utility EDF said on Wednesday that an earthquake that registered 4.9 on the Richter scale in southwestern France had had no impact on its Blayais nuclear power plant in the region.

Environmental group Greenpeace said the plant was still not in line with anti-earthquake standards imposed by the French nuclear regulator ASN following the 2011 Fukushima accident and called on EDF to be transparent about the impact of the earthquake on the safety of the plant.

EDF said the earthquake had no impact on Blayais, which has four 900 megawatt capacity reactors.

“The power plants are designed to withstand an earthquake twice as big as the most serious earthquake recorded over the last 1,000 years in the regions where they are located,” EDF said on its official twitter account for the plant.

Blayais 2 has been offline for maintenance from March 15 and is set to restart on May 20. The three other reactors are operating normally.

ASN was not immediately available to comment. (Reporting by Bate Felix Editing by Geert De Clercq)

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