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Shutdown of Cruas unit 4 after heat sink incident

During the night of 1 to 2 December 2009, a massive inflow of debris carried along by the Rhône river after an heavy rain, has clogged the heat sink filters and drains of the Cruas NPP unit 4. This situation has led to the loss of the ultimate heat sink. At 11:50 pm, the French operator EDF triggered the on-site emergency plan of the Cruas NPP to manage this event.

The unit 4, located upstream of the site is the most exposed to such external hazards. The heat sinks of the three other reactors of the Cruas NPP have remained operational.

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EDF to repair hydrogen pipes at Cruas nuclear plant

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

PARIS, Nov 18 (Reuters) - EDF said on Tuesday it would comply within the next three months with the French nuclear safety authority's order to improve the piping of explosive liquids at the southern nuclear plant of Cruas.

The nuclear safety authority ASN said in a note published on its website that it had detected rust on pipes transporting hydrogen, an explosive gas used to treat the water that cools the reactor, into premises housing key safety equipment.

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French strike cuts 1,000 MW in nuclear capacity-CGT

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

PARIS, Oct 7 (Reuters) - A 24-hour strike in the energy sector on Tuesday has cut 1,000 megawatts (MW) in nuclear power capacity, a CGT spokesman said.

"Today's strike will only have a limited impact on nuclear availability," the spokesman said, adding that the power capacity cuts were taking place at the 3,600-MW Cruas plant in Southeast France.

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EDF's nuclear output availability falls in 2007

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

PARIS, Feb 20 (Reuters) - EDF said on Wednesday its nuclear output availability rate dropped by 3.4 percentage points to 80.2 percent in 2007 due to heavy works on its steam generators and low production levels at its Paluel plant.

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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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