The Nuclear Safety Authority indicates that “only” 12 of the 56 nuclear reactors are affected by problems that could require several years of treatment.
While the energy issue is at the center of the debate, with pump prices rising and reliance on Russian gas and oil, the production of the French nuclear fleet is plummeting, with 28 of its 56 reactors now shut down. And this “for several years”, According to a tweet by Julien Baiou, Secretary General of Europe Ecologie-les Verts, who shared on the social network the conclusions of the BFM TV chronicle broadcast on May 17, confirming that “half of the French nuclear fleet [se trouve] probably closed for a few years”.
In this episode, journalist Nicolas Doze returned to the May 17 speech of Bernard Doroshchuk, President of the Senate Nuclear Safety Authority. “Famous Corrosion Problems [qui concernent la fragilité de la tuyauterie des centrales, ndlr] , it affects 12 reactors out of 28 shut down. And this problem should not be repeated throughout the fleet, ” first the journalist explains… before announcing: “28 out of 56 is half. Half of the park is closed. We have never seen this, and besides, EDF has probably recognized this for several years.
The chronicle, before it was taken over by Julien Bayou, made many advocates of nuclear weapons wince. on twitterLudovic Dupin of the French Nuclear Energy Society guarantees that “No, part of the nuclear fleet has not been stopped for several years. Spring stops are common and 12 of them are checked for corrosion.”.
12 out of 56 reactors can be shut down for several years
What did Bernard Doroshchuk say in the Senate? During the hearing, the chairman of ASN mentioned the fragility of EDF’s nuclear reactors, noting that “The winter of 2021/2022 was marked by less availability of reactors in the EDF fleet. This lower availability has several causes. Some of these could have been foreseen, such as the decommissioning of the Flamanville EPR, the shutdown of the two Fessenheim reactors, the impact of the overhaul, and the impact of the Covid crisis. But added to this predicted lower availability was EDF’s decision to shut down several reactors this winter after discovering unexpected stress corrosion anomalies on some reactors’ primary primary auxiliary pipes. Treatment of these anomalies will take several years.” Estimating the number of reactors shut down due to stress corrosion anomalies, Bernard Doroshchuk stressed that “Thus, these 12 reactors are just a fraction of the 30 currently shut down reactors that are shut down for various reasons, such as routine maintenance or decades of inspections.” He never once mentioned stopping half the fleet to “some years”.
Contacted checknewsThe Nuclear Safety Authority reiterated that “a total of 12 reactors were stopped due to stress corrosion, for inspection and, if necessary, for repair” which may take several years “depending on the area of repaired areas”. Relative to 16 other shutdown reactors “as part of normal maintenance and refueling stops”, ASN believes that “These shutdowns typically last from one to several months, depending on the amount of work and inspections that need to be done.”