Thursday 30 March 2017

Closed Flamanville reactor set to go back online

Monday 20 March 2017

Closed Flamanville reactor set to go back online

A French nuclear reactor 25 miles off Jersey’s coast, which was closed after an explosion last month, is due to reopen next week.

At the time, the blast at Flamanville caused widespread concern due to the plant’s proximity to Jersey, but the States said that it was “no cause for concern”, as the fire was contained in the machine room.

No nuclear materials were involved, meaning that the Flamanville emergency plan was not triggered.

Video: Breaking news report about the explosion on Euronews, France.

Reactor 1 of the EDF-controlled plant was subsequently closed.

It had been due to reopen one week later, but has since been postponed until March 31st.

The prolonged closure has seen the 85% government-owned energy company take a hit of £1 million per day, according to experts.

The costs add to the financial strain already faced by EDF, which recently spent €1.3 billion on safety checks and recently recorded a 6.7% decline in core earnings.

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