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IAEA commends French nuclear waste programme

IAEA commends French nuclear waste programme

The International Atomic Energy Agency has released the final report from its January 2018 mission to France to review radioactive waste management and decommissioning in the country. The review team said it had been "impressed with the nature and implementation of the French national programme".

Waste & Recycling 19 May 2020


SFEN: Nuclear essential to economic recovery

SFEN: Nuclear essential to economic recovery

Making a commitment to build six new EPRs in France would be an "effective stimulus" for the country's economy as it recovers in the years ahead from the shock of COVID-19, the French nuclear energy society wrote in a position paper published this week. Nuclear energy "ticks all three boxes" highlighted in the debate about the recovery - that investments should be in low-carbon, resilient and sovereign industries, it said.

Nuclear Policies 15 May 2020


Framatome, TUM to develop new research reactor fuel

Framatome, TUM to develop new research reactor fuel

France's Framatome and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany have started commercial development of nuclear research reactor fuels based on uranium-molybdenum fuel alloys. The fuel can be used instead of highly enriched uranium, which is seen as a potential nuclear proliferation risk.

Uranium & Fuel 05 May 2020


EDF lowers annual output forecast to 300 TWh

EDF lowers annual output forecast to 300 TWh

EDF estimates that the coronavirus pandemic will reduce its annual nuclear output in France to about 300 terawatt hours this year and to 330-360 TWh each year in 2021 and 2022. The estimate is down from an initial expectation of 375-390 TWh before the outbreak.

Corporate 16 April 2020


EDF pulls financial targets in response to pandemic

EDF pulls financial targets in response to pandemic

EDF has withdrawn its financial targets for 2020 and 2021 as the economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic impacts key areas of its business. In a statement yesterday, the French state-owned utility said these targets include the lower end of the forecast range for its core earnings in 2020 of EUR17.5 billion (USD19 billion).

Corporate 15 April 2020


Decree delays deadline for start-up of Flamanville EPR

Decree delays deadline for start-up of Flamanville EPR

The construction of the EPR unit at the Flamanville site in Normandy was authorised by the French government by a decree of 10 April 2007, which stated first fuel loading must be completed within thirteen years. With that date approaching, a new decree has extended the deadline by four years.

New Nuclear 31 March 2020


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