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Welding faults uncovered at French flagship nuclear plant

French energy giant EDF said a series of faulty welding has been discovered on pipes at its 10.5-billion-euro Flamanville nuclear plant under construction near the Channel coast in north-west France, threatening further delays to the already troubled building of the station which is now three times over budget.

Ailing French nuclear builder Areva admits to reactor part 'irregularities'

An audit ordered by safety watchdog revealed anomalies in 400 reactor parts, some still in service, raising suspicion of falsified documents.

French nuclear safety agency warns of Flamanville EPR meltdown risk

By Pascale Pascariello
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French nuclear safety inspectors have discovered numerous faults with crucial safety valves in the cooling system of what will be one of the world’s biggest nuclear power plants under construction at Flamanville, on the Channel coast, Mediapart can reveal. The malfunctioning valves for the Areva-designed, third-generation European Pressurized Reactor could cause its meltdown, in a similar scenario to the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident in the US. The inspectors’ damning confidential report, obtained by Mediapart, follows the revelation last month that the Flamanville EPR reactor’s vessel contained excessive amounts of carbon that could cause it to crack. Pascale Pascariello reports.