US News The leak of the Chinese EPR goes around the world

08:05  15 june  2021
08:05  15 june  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

"No Fudan!" In Budapest

 in Hungary's capital, thousands of people have gone to the street to demonstrate against the construction of an offshoot of Chinese Fudan University. The EU also looks after Budapest. © Laszlo Balogh / AP Photo / Picture Alliance Around 10,000 demonstrators participated in the protest march against the campus construction planned by Hungary's legal government, as reported reports from Budapest.

L4EPR de Taishan lors de sa construction en 2013. © Archives Bobby YIP, Reuters L4Epr de Taishan during its construction in 2013.

EDF confirms a sealing problem, under control, on the nuclear reactor of Taishan , in China. The information is strangely from the United States.

gas leaks were spotted in the heart of Taishan's # 1 reactor in China. They come from a degradation of the sheaths that surround the fuel pencils, according to the technical explanations given to the press Monday, June 14, by EDF experts, the minority shareholder of the nuclear power plant.

It is not an accident, which confirms the radiation protection and nuclear safety institute (IRSN), but rather a defect. The Chinese reactor is almost nine, it is the first EPR in the world to enter into service in December 2018, while the trouble accumulating in Flamanville.

Sri Lanka. From the oil spotted on the shipwreck site, a darkened black tide

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Is everything under control?

For the moment and safety side, yes, according to the experts of the French electricity group: we are not on contamination, we are on controlled, controlled discharges ".

On the other hand, these sheaths are under surveillance. EDF does not pronounce without further analysis, but if the degradation continues, it may be necessary to put the reactor at a stop. It is the subsidiary of EDF, Framatome, who made this combustible set, in its French plant in Romans-sur-Isère.

Why is the information exiting in the United States?

EDF did not answer this question on Monday. According to the CNN chain, the American subsidiary of Framatome, which would have communicated on June 8 to the American administration a note warning an imminent radiological threat to the site and the public on the Chinese reactor.

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EDF indicated that they received a first alert on a presumption of poor duct sealing in October. For leaks, the French group said to have been warned on Saturday, June 12, two days before the revelations of CNN.

On the other hand, no information in China, regrets the Hong Kong Free Press Independent Information site that has been updating the trouble of Taishan since the beginning of its construction in 2009.

that operates Taishan?

Chinese EPR is operated by TNPJVC, a joint venture between China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN), the main nuclear player in China, and EDF. CGN is the main shareholder, at 70%, against 30% for the French group. The latter requested a meeting of the TNPJVC Board of Directors on the current sealing problem.

The two reactors of Taishan, with a power of 1,750 MW each, feed a small part of the world factory in Guangdong Province, with its nine huge cities: Canton, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Hong Kong, the area The most populous urban of the world, according to the World Bank.

What is Chinese nuclear policy?

In March, President Xi Jinping confirmed that he also put on nuclear nuclear to replace coal moving the country's climate policy. It has set a new target of 70 gW of production before 2025. In 2020, nuclear power accounted for only 4.9% of the Chinese energy mix.

However, the country would have produced more electricity with its 49 reactors than France: 345 TWh net (terawatt hours) against 335 TWh. It accesses second, behind the United States.

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