March 22, 2018 / 9:23 AM / in a month

EDF says started repair works on Flamanville 1 reactor

PARIS (Reuters) - French utility EDF said on Thursday it has started repair works at its 1,300-megawatt Flamanville 1 nuclear reactor after completing diagnostics following an unplanned automatic shutdown last week.

FILE PHOTO: Workers climb the EDF tower, France's state-owned electricity company building, to check the structure in La Defense, near Paris, January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

The slight repairs are expected to be completed by Saturday and preparations for a restart will begin, a spokeswoman said.

The reactor is expected to resume production on March 27.

The spokeswoman said that the Flamanville 1 planned decennial five months-long outage for fuelling, maintenance and upgrade scheduled from April 7 until September 15 remains unchanged.

Reporting by Bate Felix; editing by Michel Rose

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