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
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)