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EDF sees progress in plan to reinvigorate French industry

EDF sees progress in plan to reinvigorate French industry

France's EDF has issued an initial progress report on the status of its excell plan, saying commitments made under the plan have now been met or are close to being so. The plan aims to enhance the French nuclear industry's manufacturing quality, boost skills and tighten governance of major nuclear projects.

Corporate 16 October 2020


Project launched to digitally clone all French reactors

Project launched to digitally clone all French reactors

Digital twins of every unit in France's fleet of nuclear power reactors are to be developed under a four-year project involving partners from academia and industry. These cloned reactors will serve as a training simulator for the new generation of operators and a simulation environment for engineering studies.

New Nuclear 23 September 2020


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