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EDF, Orano prepare for COVID-19 impact

EDF, Orano prepare for COVID-19 impact

French utility EDF has scrapped its nuclear generation target for 2020 on an anticipated fall in output this year because of the coronavirus crisis. Fuel cycle company Orano has likewise suspended its financial outlook for this year.

Covid-19 24 March 2020


Grossi thanks France for leading role in nuclear power

Grossi thanks France for leading role in nuclear power

France's support to the International Atomic Energy Agency's technical cooperation programme "goes a long way" in helping African countries get access to nuclear technology and expertise in the areas of food and agriculture and cancer care, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi told French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian yesterday.

Energy & Environment 04 March 2020


Iran's uranium stockpile rises further, say media

Iran's uranium stockpile rises further, say media

Iran has tripled its stockpile of enriched uranium to 1,020.9 kg over the past three months and failed to provide International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors access to two undeclared sites, various news agencies reported yesterday.

Regulation & Safety 04 March 2020


Viewpoint: Fessenheim closure subverts modern environmentalism

Viewpoint: Fessenheim closure subverts modern environmentalism

Shutting down the Fessenheim nuclear power plant will lead to additional emissions and the loss of thousands of jobs, writes Valérie Faudon, general delegate of the French Nuclear Energy Society.

Perspectives 04 March 2020


Framatome expands presence at Cadarache

Framatome expands presence at Cadarache

Framatome has officially opened a new engineering research and operations centre at Cadarache in south-eastern France. It has also announced an expansion of its IntercontrĂ´le automated non-destructive testing subsidiary, which is based at the same site.

Corporate 25 February 2020


EDF closes Fessenheim unit 1 in eastern France

EDF closes Fessenheim unit 1 in eastern France

EDF has disconnected France's longest serving nuclear power unit - Fessenheim 1 - from the electricity grid, thus ending the reactor's 42 years of low-carbon electricity production. The unit was removed from the network at 2am on 22 February, as scheduled. The utility said the primary circuit cooling operations had been initiated to open the reactor vessel and unload its fuel. Unit 2 is scheduled for closure on 30 June.

Corporate 24 February 2020


Finland's TVO hires Framatome for Olkiluoto 3 outage support

Finland's TVO hires Framatome for Olkiluoto 3 outage support

Framatome has signed service contracts with Teollisuuden Voima Oyj to support the long-term operation of unit 3 of the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant on Finland's west coast. Grid connection of the European pressurised reactor is scheduled for November, with the start of regular electricity production expected in March 2021.

New Nuclear 20 February 2020


Pre-operational testing completed at Flamanville EPR

Pre-operational testing completed at Flamanville EPR

Workers yesterday completed hot tests at the EPR under construction as unit 3 of the Flamanville nuclear power plant in France. The tests - which began on 21 September last year - aim to simulate the temperatures and pressures which the reactor's systems will be subjected to during normal operation.

New Nuclear 18 February 2020


Orano to start dismantling Georges Besse enrichment plant

Orano to start dismantling Georges Besse enrichment plant

French nuclear fuel cycle company Orano has been authorised to begin dismantling the Georges Besse diffusion enrichment plant at the Tricastin complex in southeastern France. The plant was shut down in June 2012 following 33 years of service and was replaced by the centrifuge-based Georges Besse II plant.

Waste & Recycling 18 February 2020


Orano wins further MOX order from Japan

Orano wins further MOX order from Japan

French Orano has signed a contract with Japan's Nuclear Fuel Industries for the fabrication of 32 MOX fuel assemblies for the Takahama 3 and 4 reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power Company. Mixed oxide fuel, or MOX, is nuclear fuel made from reprocessed plutonium and uranium.

Uranium & Fuel 06 February 2020