Tuesday, September 1, 2009

EdF Faces Conflicting Pressures

As described in the linked article, workers at Electricite de France are raising concerns about conflicting pressures to work faster, achieve higher capacity factors and provide competitive electricity.  EdF has long held a very high reputation for its nuclear operations, in part attributed to the national government’s central ownership and operating responsibilities.  While it remains to be seen the extent of such concerns, it is apparent that central ownership does not provide a shield against many of the same pressures experienced by U.S. plants.  The article also highlights the potential complications of heavy reliance on subcontractors if it leads to the loss of core competencies in the host organization.

Link to article.

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