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A French nuclear firm said it is working to resolve a “performance issue” at a plant it part-owns in China’s Guangdong province, following reports that U.S. authorities were assessing a report of a possible leak at the facility amid warnings of an “imminent radiological threat,” according to reports.
Framatome, a division of French power group EDF, told France24 in a statement on Monday that it is “supporting a resolution of a performance issue” at the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant, which is a joint venture between EDF and China General Nuclear Power Group (GCN), located around 84 miles west of Hong Kong.
“According to the data available, the plant is operating within the safety parameters,” the company told France24, adding, “Our team is working with relevant experts to assess the situation and propose solutions to address any potential issue.”
It follows an earlier CNN report on Monday, which said that the U.S. government has been assessing a report of a leak at the plant. The outlet reported that Framatome, which is the EDF unit that designed the reactor at the plant and is involved in its operations, had warned of an “imminent radiological threat.”
Citing a letter from Framatome to U.S. authorities, CNN reported that the warning included an allegation that Chinese authorities had raised the acceptable limits of radiation outside the plant to avoid having to shut down the facility.
State-owned GCN said in a statement on Sunday that “the environmental indicators of Taishan Nuclear Power Plant and its surroundings are normal.” It did not reference any leaks or incidents at the facility but said it meets both safety regulations and technical requirements for nuclear plant operation.
EDF told Reuters it had called a meeting with GCN and that the build-up of inert gases like argon, helium, or neon was a “known phenomenon, studied and provided for in the reactor operating procedures.”
The Taishan reactor is the first French-designed so-called third-generation “Evolutionary Power Reactor” (EPR) of its type to become operational.
The technology is also being deployed in France, Finland, and at the China-invested Hinkley Point C project in Britain.
The power from the plant serves the Guangzhou and Shenzhen areas, Guangdong province’s major manufacturing hubs, which have faced power shortages in recent weeks due to hot weather and lower than normal hydropower supplies from neighboring Yunnan province.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.