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IAEA assesses pre-operational safety at Flamanville EPR

IAEA assesses pre-operational safety at Flamanville EPR

The French nuclear safety authority, Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire, has published the report of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Pre-Operational Safety Review Team mission conducted last year at the Flamanville 3 EPR. The mission team identified eight good practices and made six recommendations and 15 suggestions.

Regulation & Safety 07 August 2020


EDF counts the cost of coronavirus to new build projects

EDF counts the cost of coronavirus to new build projects

EDF has said the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a slowdown in construction and maintenance of its nuclear power plant fleet in both France and the UK. It has warned of further delays to the schedules for completing both the Flamanville and Hinkley Point C projects.

Covid-19 30 July 2020


Assembly of ITER tokamak officially under way

Assembly of ITER tokamak officially under way

A ceremony was held yesterday within the ITER Assembly Hall to mark the official start of the assembly of the tokamak fusion device of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor at Cadarache in south-eastern France. Assembly of the tokamak is expected to take five years to complete.

New Nuclear 29 July 2020


French auditor calls for financing guarantee for future EPR projects

French auditor calls for financing guarantee for future EPR projects

EDF must ensure the financing and profitability of its proposed EPR2 reactor before starting construction of any plants based on the design in France, the country's state audit office has said. The EPR2 is a simplified version of the EPR design, construction of which has been hit by delays and cost increases in France and Finland.

New Nuclear 15 July 2020


Indian firm completes ITER cryostat manufacture

Indian firm completes ITER cryostat manufacture

Indian company Larsen & Toubro Heavy Engineering Ltd has completed the final segment of the ITER cryostat, bringing to an end an eight-year work programme. Work on the cryostat will now continue at the ITER site in southern France where the sections will be assembled, sited and welded over the next four years.
 

New Nuclear 07 July 2020


EDF revises 2020 forecast for French nuclear output

EDF revises 2020 forecast for French nuclear output

EDF is revising upwards its nuclear output estimate in France for 2020, to around 315-325 terawatt-hours. In April, the French state-owned utility said it expected generation this year to be about 300 TWh, down from an initial expectation of 375-390 TWh before the coronavirus outbreak.

Corporate 03 July 2020


New nuclear will ensure France's energy security, SFEN says

New nuclear will ensure France's energy security, SFEN says

A failure to renew France's fleet of nuclear power reactors will have consequences as soon as 2030 for not only the country's energy security but also its climate targets, according to the French nuclear energy society (SFEN). Nuclear power plants, with a combined capacity of 62 GWe, currently account for more than 70% of the country's electricity generation.

Nuclear Policies 01 July 2020


France completes closure of Fessenheim plant

France completes closure of Fessenheim plant

French utility EDF yesterday permanently shut down unit 2 of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant in eastern France as scheduled. Its closure, together with that of unit 1 in February, was necessary under the country's energy transition law before EDF can bring new nuclear capacity online.

Corporate 30 June 2020


Dismantling of French research reactor completed

Dismantling of French research reactor completed

The dismantling of the Ulysse experimental reactor at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission's Saclay site near Paris has been completed. The low-power reactor, which was shut down in 2007, was mainly operated for teaching and continuing education purposes by the National Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology.

Waste & Recycling 23 June 2020


EDF terminates nuclear electricity supply contracts

EDF terminates nuclear electricity supply contracts

French utility EDF has notified three energy suppliers - Alpiq, Gazel Energie and Total Direct Energie - of the termination of their contracts under a mechanism that allows rival suppliers to buy electricity produced by EDF's nuclear power plants. The suppliers had sought to invoke the force majeure clause in their supply contracts with EDF.

Corporate 03 June 2020