EDF :EDF has received approval from the Nuclear Safety Authority to continue operating Fessenheim reactor n°2 and will complete the required work

Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:05am EDT

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EDF has received approval from the Nuclear Safety Authority to continue operating Fessenheim reactor n°2 and will complete the required work.

The French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) allows EDF to continue operating reactor n°2 at the Fessenheim nuclear power station beyond its third ten-year inspection.

EDF will carry out the work imposed by the ASN within the stipulated deadlines.

This positive operating notification follows the ten-year inspection conducted between April 2011 and March 2012. The regulatory ten-year inspection consists of an exhaustive "check-up" of the installations, after every ten years of operation, carried out under the supervision of the ASN, and resulting into a strengthened safety level for the installations in accordance with the most recent standards. This shut down, exceptional in terms of the extent of the monitoring (regarding compliance as well as safety) and the work carried out, provides a means of checking components that are essential to the safety of the installations: the reactor vessel, the reactor building and the primary circuit.

All work required will be completed within the deadlines fixed by the ASN. Some work will be completed on the occasion of the planned outage of reactor n°2, scheduled for July 2013.

In July 2011, the ASN gave its approval of operation for reactor n°1 at the power station. This authorisation was also subject to technical requirements involving the work now being conducted by EDF.

EDF group, one of the leaders in the European energy market, is an integrated energy company active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading. The Group is the leading electricity producer in Europe. In France, it has mainly nuclear and hydropower generation facilities where 95.9% of the electricity output is CO2-free
EDF's transmission and distribution subsidiaries in France operate 1,285,000 km of low and medium voltage overhead and underground electricity lines and around 100,000 km of high and very high voltage networks. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 28.6 million customers in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of €72.7 billion in 2012, of which 46.2% outside of France. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.

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