14 November 2008 - French power utility EDF has confirmed that it will start operating the European pressurized reactor in 2012 which is currently under construction at Flamanville in Normandy, France.
According to the company, EDF and Bouygues, a French industrial group, have taken the necessary steps to manage the unforeseen events inherent to a project of this scope. It has therefore been decided to increase the number of dedicated civil engineering teams by an additional 1200 to 1500 people by the end of 2008.
Given the problems encountered when the discharge service tunnel was excavated, EDF has also decided to use a new tunnel digging technique by means of a 'mole' in order to complete the operation within a timescale in line with the initial schedule.
EDF has also reportedly taken steps both internally and with its suppliers to improve the quality of supervision and control throughout the site.