Regulator ASN says Areva foundry must show improvement before re-opening

A view shows the Areva Tower, the headquarters of the French nuclear reactor maker Areva, at La Defense business and financial district in Courbevoie near Paris, France, March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s ASN nuclear regulator said that before Areva will be allowed to restart its Creusot Forge foundry, the company will have to show that an improvement plan at the plant has been fully implemented.

Creusot Forge, which makes huge steel components for nuclear plants, was closed last year following the discovery of manufacturing irregularities and the forgery of manufacturing tracking documentation.

Two EDF nuclear reactors have also been shut for months following problems related to Creusot-made parts.

ASN said in a statement on Thursday that Areva’s reactor unit Areva NP had informed it of its intention to restart foundry operations for French nuclear installations at Creusot.

The regulator said it had laid out the preconditions for a restart in April 12 letters to Areva NP and EDF EDF.PA. It said that following the problems last year, Areva had put in place an action plan to guarantee the quality of manufacturing in the future at the plant.

ASN also said that following the restart, it will increase its oversight of Creusot Forge.

Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta