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Comment: Re:Westinghouse too (Score 1) 317

by cheesybagel (#49190191) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

If the customer keeps demanding changes of course you get delays as a result. The major delay was caused by the Chinese issuing a one year stop construction order after Fukushima to review all new reactor construction. Then you get revisions and changes to the design and you get delays. Little surprise there.

Comment: Re:The Left is in charge (Score 1) 317

by cheesybagel (#49190001) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

Yeah the economy under Stalin was wildly successful. Even when Lenin was in power a large part of the time it was Stalin pulling the strings of it all. Even if the regime was murderous you cannot deny it was economically successful. A large part of the success was due to the large industrialization drives. The national electrification plan, the heavy industries, making education and housing available for everyone, creating a middle class and increasing productivity, etc. This is something which can be done in a country much like the USSR was. A country with a lot of natural resources and manpower but poor infrastructure. It could also have been done with a lot less strife. Imperial Germany and Meiji Japan managed to do it. The problem was the Soviet Union wanted to do what they did in two decades in just one. Instead of starting with light industry first and do things progressively they just squeezed the farmers out of everything they had and jumped straight into the heavy industry.

Comment: Re:The Left is in charge (Score 1) 317

by cheesybagel (#49189815) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

Krushchev did some poor investments and by the time Breznev came around the economy started to stagnate. Too many resources were kept on the military industrial side of things at the same time as the rest of the industry collapsed. When Gorbachev came around they found they had little to no oil left they could economically recover at the same time they were stuck on an expensive and useless war on Afghanistan. They needed to replace their oil industry equipment with more modern technology and they did not have the funds to do it themselves anymore.

Comment: Re:I have said it before (Score 1) 317

by cheesybagel (#49189633) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

The old French reactor designs, based on a US Westinghouse design, were just fine. It's the EPR design they did with Siemens (a German company) that's too expensive and complicated to build. Add to that a couple of decades not actually building any reactors and it is hardly a surprise that they need to relearn some things all over again. Add to that using a lot of local work in Finland with zilch prior experience building concrete and steel structures to these kinds of specifications and shoddy oversight and this kind of thing happens.

AFAIK the Chinese 3rd generation reactors (Westinghouse AP1000) seem to be mostly on time. The only delay was that the government ordered them to stop construction for a year because they decided to go all over the paperwork again for all new nuclear reactors being build after Fukushima.

Parts that positively cannot be assembled in improper order will be.

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