The Fukushima accident (11 March 2011) in Japan had extensive repercussions within EDF. Further to the studies carried out jointly with the French Nuclear Safety Authority, a major nuclear facility reinforcement programme was undertaken, in which SADE is playing an extensive role. It is also taking part in the so-called Grand Carénage operations aimed at extending the lifespan of the nuclear power plants to 40 or 50 years.
The SADE-EDF partnership goes back further, however, with the Group’s first operations in nuclear plants dating back to 1977.
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Thanks to SADE Group’s know-how and regional coverage, it is working today for all the French nuclear power plants: there is always a SADE entity near the nuclear plants.
To respond more effectively to client expectations and coordinate operations, SADE created a national reference entity in 2014: the Nuclear Activity Division (DAN).
Today, over twenty SADE entities work in nuclear power plants with specifically-trained, committed, accountable teams.
Post-Fukushima Work and Equipment
After the accident, the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) asked EDF to conduct additional safety assessments. These are organized in three phases: