May 2, 2016 / 7:37 PM / 4 years ago

Areva says reports at its Creusot unit may have been falsified

PARIS, May 2 (Reuters) - French state-owned nuclear group Areva said on Monday that some reports on manufacturing and quality control at its Creusot Forge unit, which supplies the nuclear market with large forgings and castings, may have been falsified.

The company commissioned an external review of the subsidiary last year to identify the causes of possible flaws in its practices and quality control after weak spots were found in the steel of the EPR nuclear reactor it is building for utility EDF in Flamanville.

“We can neither confirm nor exclude potential falsifications”, a spokesman for the group told Reuters after French business daily Les Echos quoted the company’s director general saying there may have been falsification of reports.

Areva, whose reactor business is expected to be taken over by EDF in 2017, said on Friday that “the organization and operating methods currently in force in Creusot will enable it detect such anomalies on time.” (Reporting by Benjamin Mallet; Writing by Bate Felix, editing by David Evans)

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