Arabelle Solutions was to be launched on December 1st. Ultimately it won't be the case. The big ceremony was to bring together ministers, the boss of EDF, the representative of GE to seal the sale of the Arabelle turbines, inherited from Alstom, to EDF. After being invited to the ceremony, certain employees – mainly staff representatives – received a “very laconic” email, explains one of them. The email states: “December 1st” events have been canceled. They are nevertheless invited to meet around “an end-of-year buffet” to “discuss the many changes that have marked the year 2023”.
Enough to raise a wave of questions and a dull concern among the 3,400 employees affected by the transaction. However, they were impatiently waiting to join the EDF group. On Wednesday, “we were asked to enter our codes and passwords to create our EDF accounts,” explained Laurent Santoire, DSC CGT Steam Powers Systems during a meeting with the press organized this Thursday at the end of the day. At 4:30 p.m. this Thursday, new message: “As of Monday, December 4, new access controls have been installed.” This was all it took to upset the CGT spokespersons who are worried about the lack of visibility on the issue. “The main blunder was organizing this ceremony, while uncertainties remained. This drew everyone’s attention to the subject,” laments a person familiar with the matter.
For its part, EDF refuses to make any further comments. The file is complex, but the transfer should nevertheless take place. The main question concerns the date.