Framatome (France) received the green light from the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) and EDF to resume the manufacture of forgings for the French nuclear fleet at its Le Creusot site. This decision allows the plant to continue ramping up its production with a target of 80 ingots per year. The authorization is an outcome of the improvement plan launched at the beginning of 2016 on the site following a series of quality audits.
Customers in France and abroad, as well as all the safety authorities concerned, have been kept regularly informed of the actions undertaken. Numerous reviews and inspections have been conducted in order to observe the progress of the plan and integrate stakeholders’ feedback.
David Emond, senior executive vice president of Framatome's Component Manufacturing Business Unit, said, “The authorization to resume manufacture of forgings for the French nuclear fleet is very good news for the site that confirms the successful execution of its improvement plan. The 230 employees at the Le Creusot site are engaged in its deployment on a day-to-day basis so that we can supply our customers with equipment meeting the most stringent safety and quality requirements within agreed deadlines.”