France: New Cracks Pose Risk to 2023 Nuclear Output

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New cracks caused by stress corrosion and thermal fatigue in three of EDF’s reactors are raising questions about whether the French state-owned operator can meet its domestic nuclear production goals for 2023. EDF has revised its inspection and repair strategy for reactors susceptible to stress corrosion, but some experts argue the newly-discovered cracks may cause more or longer reactor shutdowns in 2023 than EDF had planned.

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