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France imports 'record levels' of power on nuclear outages

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

France imported "massive" levels of power to make up for a shortfall in nuclear power production in the country during October and the start of November, according to a report Monday.

The report in French daily Les Echos quotes Dominique Maillard, chairman of the French grid manager RTE, as saying state power company EDF is being forced to import "record levels" of power.

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FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE OPERATING PROCEDURES

On Saturday 29 January 1994, during preparations to restart Unit 5, which had been shut down since 21 August 1993, the operator failed to comply with procedures during one of the scheduled operations: dropping the water level in the reactor coolant system to midloop operation level.
During the incident, the level of water was allowed to fall below the authorized limit. The throughput of the pumps and the intensity of the pump motors therefore fluctuated for eight hours, before the operations team took adequate steps to rectify the situation.

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DEFECTS IN BUGEY AND FESSENHEIM POWER PLANT REACTOR VESSEL HEADS

At Bugey during the hydrotest which is conducted every ten years a leak has been detected at one of the sixty-five leaktight Inconel 600 alloy sleeves via which the control rod drive shafts enter the core through the reactor vessel head.
Controls are being undertaken on the other PWR reactors (when shut down). Identical findings have been discovered on Bugey 4 and Fessenheim 1. This event is temporarily classified at level 2. Until it is possible to assess the extent of the problem on French facilities.

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