EDF is studying possible radiation leak at China’s Taishan nuclear power plant

French energy company Electricite de France (EDF), which owns Framatome, which services China’s Taishan nuclear power plant, will study media reports of radiation leaks at the plant. EDF also intends to convene an extraordinary meeting of the board of directors in connection with this situation. The company has now reported that it has been informed “of an increase in the concentration of certain noble gases” at the first reactor of the nuclear power plant. 70% of the station belongs to the Chinese state-owned company China General Nuclear Power Corp (CGN), 30% – to the French Framatome.

EDF explains that the increase in the concentration of noble gases, which, in particular, such inert gases as xenon, radon and krypton, “is a known phenomenon that has been studied and occurs during the operation of the reactor.” Nevertheless, the French company decided to assemble its board in order to thoroughly investigate the situation.

Earlier, CNN, citing sources, reported that Framatome had sent a letter to the US Department of Energy on June 8, warning of an “imminent radiological threat” at the Taishan nuclear power plant. In the warning, in particular, it was argued that the Chinese regulator increases the permissible limits of detection of radiation outside the territory of the nuclear power plant, so as not to expose it to closure. The letter was reportedly sent to obtain permission to use American technology to resolve the problem at the nuclear power plant.

Evgeny Khvostik

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