September 10, 2019 / 1:53 PM / 5 days ago

EDF says several reactors affected by welding problems

FILE PHOTO: The EDF logo is seen on a reactor building at the Tricastin nuclear power plant site in Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux, France, June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Benjamin Mallet

PARIS (Reuters) - French state-controlled utility EDF (EDF.PA) on Tuesday said several of its nuclear reactors were affected by welding anomalies, adding it would provide more detail on individual reactors in coming days.

An EDF spokesman said it was too early to say whether the problems could lead to reactor closures. He said nuclear regulator ASN had been informed of the problems and that the ASN would rule whether any closures may be required.

EDF said earlier that its reactor unit Framatome had warned it about “a deviation from technical standards governing the manufacture of nuclear-reactor components”. EDF shares fell by more than seven percent.

The spokesman added that not the entire fleet of 58 reactors was affected as EDF also had other suppliers including Westinghouse and MHI, and that Framatome had not always used the same welding procedure that led to the problems.

Reporting by Geert De Clercq; editing by Richard Lough

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