onsdag 16. juni 2021

Issues at China Nuclear Plant Point to Long-Term Concerns: Experts

Reports of a potential radioactive leak at a French-built nuclear reactor at Taishan in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong point to longer-term safety concerns, but aren't a cause for immediate alarm, experts told RFA. The Taishan Nuclear Power Plant, operated by China General Nuclear (CGN) and joint-venture partner Framatome, controlled by EDF, has moved to reassure the public after CNN reported on Monday that the U.S. government had spent the past week assessing a report of a leak at the plant.

Framatome and EDF are working with experts to propose solutions to "any potential issue" after a build-up of noble, or inert, gases inside one of the reactors, but said the plant is operating within safety parameters. EDF said the build-up of noble gases had affected the primary circuit of Unit 1 of the Taishan plant, was a "known phenomenon, studied and provided for in the reactor operating procedures." Li Min, dean of the Institute of Atomic Sciences at Taiwan's National Tsing Hua University, said the leakage of inert gases from nuclear power plants suggests defective fuel rod sheaths.