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Irradiation of a worker during scheduled NNP outage at Le Blayais

On 21st August 2015, ASN was informed by EDF of the accidental exposure of a worker from an EDF contractor to a dose of ionising radiation exceeding the regulation limit.

On 18th August, during the check carried out prior to exiting the limited access area, contamination was detected on the worker’s chin. He had been carrying out maintenance work in preparation for the hydrotesting of an exchanger on the chemical and volume control system in the reactor 4 safeguard auxiliaries building in the Le Blayais NPP.

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French strike cuts 5,000 MW of power capacity-union

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

PARIS, Nov 25 (Reuters) - French energy strikers cut a total of 4,000 megawatts of nuclear capacity and 1,000 MW of thermal capacity since Monday night, an official at the CGT union told Reuters on Tuesday.

French strikers are holding a 24-hour strike to protest against salaries and pensions.

"The strike has cut a total of 5,000 MW, this is a very positive outcome for us," the union official said, adding that strikers had been warned by EDF not to cut more capacity to avoid endangering the supply/demand balance.

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Partial loss of safeguards systems as a result of external flooding

During the night of 27-28 December 1999, exceptionally bad weather in the region resulted in the forming of waves which moved up the River Gironde and flooded part of the Blayais site, particularly certain facilities of Units 1 and 2. As a result of this flooding Units 1 and 2 were shut down in the night of 27-28 December and placed on standby with the steam generators used for cooling ready for connection to the reactor heat removal (RHR) system At the moment when the flooding occurred, Unit 3 was shut down and cooled by the RHR system. Unit 3 was not affected by the flooding.

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