The Golfech nuclear power plant (still) shut down, due to a blocked valve

The Golfech nuclear power plant, between Toulouse and Agen. – Bob Edme – AP – Sipa

“An anomaly on a valve which has remained blocked, requiring immediate intervention”. It’s in these terms that EDF describes the incident which led to the shutdown of production unit no.2 of the
Golfech nuclear power plant, in the Tarn-et-Garonne.

And therefore the total shutdown of the plant since the other unit – No. 1 – has been shut down for several months for maintenance and refueling operations.

“No impact” on safety and the environment

This Saturday, “the technical hazard” occurred “at the level of a backup system”. “This event has no impact on the safety of the facilities, or on the environment,” said EDF in its press release.

The Golfech plant is particularly monitored by the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), which notably wants it to refine its incident monitoring procedures. In February 2020, the nuclear “gendarme” even summoned the site director and, rare, made this information public.

The Tarn-et-Garonnaise plant provides the equivalent of half of the electricity production consumed in the Occitanie region.

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