The French utility that partly owns a nuclear power plant near Hong Kong is seeking more information on a gas buildup in a reactor, even as its Chinese partner insists the facility is operating safely.

Electricite de France SA, which has a 30% stake in the Taishan nuclear plant in South China, has called for an extraordinary board meeting with majority owner China General Nuclear Power Corp., or CGN, to discuss the increased concentration of inert gases at the Unit 1 reactor in Guangdong.

Paris-based EDF’s call for more information on the issue — first detected in October — comes after CGN said Sunday that environmental indicators at and around the facility are normal. It’s premature to say whether the reactor will have to be halted, spokespeople for EDF said.

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