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Areva, EDF's Flamanville Project Faces Prolonged Uncertainty

  • Reactor vessel test extended after regulator finds `anomalies'
  • Companies confident of meeting target start date in late 2018

Electricite de France SA and Areva SA will extend tests to get approval for the reactor vessel of the Flamanville nuclear plant after the safety watchdog found “anomalies” in the structure, prolonging uncertainty over the future of the Normandy project and another in China.

Autorite de Surete Nucleaire, the safety regulator, had planned to give its ruling on the French project at the end of this year, assuming it would take several months to study the final report from the two state-controlled companies. That report now won’t be submitted until year-end, when the testing is completed, Paris-based EDF said in a statement Wednesday.