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EDF unit says troubled nuclear foundry components are safe

PARIS, July 18 (Reuters) - French nuclear reactor maker Framatome, a unit of state-controlled utility EDF (Paris: FR0010242511 - news) , said a review of manufacturing records at its Le Creusot foundry showed that all components for EDF nuclear plants are safe.

The Le Creusot foundry was closed several months last year following the discovery of falsification of manufacturing tracking documentation. Several EDF reactors were closed temporarily following the discovery.

Nuclear regulator ASN had ordered Framatome - formerly called Areva (LSE: 0P4A.L - news) and now taken over by EDF (Swiss: EDF.SW - news) - to do a full review of all tracking documentation.

Framatome said in a statement it had completed the job of reviewing deviations in all of the manufacturing records for forgings installed on reactors in France.

"Analyses at this stage confirm that none of the deviations examined are questioning the serviceability of components delivered to EDF," it said.

Framatome also said that the Le Creusot site will provide the main forged components for nuclear new-build projects internationally well as parts for replacement components for French reactors. (Reporting by Geert De Clercq Editing by Ingrid Melander)