Regulator ASN says Areva foundry must show improvement before re-opening | Reuters

PARIS, April 13 France's ASN nuclear regulator

said that before Areva will be allowed to restart its Creusot

Forge foundry, the company will have to show that an improvement

plan at the plant has been fully implemented.

Creusot Forge, which makes huge steel components for nuclear

plants, was closed last year following the discovery of

manufacturing irregularities and the forgery of manufacturing

tracking documentation.

Two EDF nuclear reactors have also been shut for months

following problems related to Creusot-made parts.

ASN said in a statement on Thursday that Areva's reactor

unit Areva NP had informed it of its intention to restart

foundry operations for French nuclear installations at Creusot.

The regulator said it had laid out the preconditions for a

restart in April 12 letters to Areva NP and EDF. It

said that following the problems last year, Areva had put in

place an action plan to guarantee the quality of manufacturing

in the future at the plant.

ASN also said that following the restart, it will increase

its oversight of Creusot Forge.

(Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)