UK’s Flagship Nuclear Power Station In Doubt As Faults Found In French Design – 19 April 2015

RT logoThe future of Britain’s energy needs is now hanging in the balance, after a “very serious” fault was found in the pressure vessel of the prototype EPR plant in Normandy, France.

A second investigation is now required into the quality of the steel of the “pressure vessel” or the 50ft-high safety casing, which encloses the new European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) reactor at Flamanville, near Cherbourg in Normandy, The Independent reports.

As a result, the future of two new identical reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset is now in doubt.

“It’s a serious fault even a very serious fault, because it involves a crucial part of the nuclear reactor,” said Pierre-Franck Chevet, head of France’s nuclear safety inspectorate.

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