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French regulator supports safety options for EPR1200

French regulator supports safety options for EPR1200

France's nuclear safety regulator, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire, at the request of the government, has issued an opinion on the safety options file for EDF's EPR1200 pressurised water reactor design. It said its opinion on the safety options for the design - intended for export - is broadly similar to that it gave in July 2019 on those of the EPR2 reactor, from which it is derived.

Regulation & Safety 02 February 2023


Kazakhstan continues discussions with EDF

Kazakhstan continues discussions with EDF

Kazakhstan is continuing discussions with French company EDF including proposals for an EPR-1200 reactor, the Kazakh Ministry of Energy has confirmed. EDF is one of four potential nuclear suppliers the country is now considering.

New Nuclear 27 January 2023


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French market watchdog puts EDF takeover on hold

French market watchdog puts EDF takeover on hold

The French Financial Markets Authority has suspended the state's full takeover of EDF until the Paris Court of Appeal rules on a lawsuit brought by minority shareholders in EDF challenging the deal.

Corporate 26 January 2023


French Senate adopts bill on accelerating nuclear new build

French Senate adopts bill on accelerating nuclear new build

The French Senate has overwhelmingly approved a draft bill aimed at accelerating procedures related to the construction of new nuclear facilities near existing nuclear sites and to the operation of existing facilities. The bill was adopted in its first reading in the Senate, with 239 votes in favour and 16 against. 

Nuclear Policies 25 January 2023


Application lodged for construction of French repository

Application lodged for construction of French repository

French radioactive waste management agency Andra has applied for a construction licence for the planned Centre Industriel de Stockage Géologique (Cigéo) deep geological disposal facility for high-level radioactive waste.

Waste & Recycling 18 January 2023


French bill on accelerating nuclear new build progresses to Senate

French bill on accelerating nuclear new build progresses to Senate

The French Senate has begun discussing a bill aimed at accelerating procedures related to the construction of new nuclear facilities near existing nuclear sites and to the operation of existing facilities. In February last year, President Emmanuel Macron proposed the construction of six new EPR2 reactors, with an option for a further eight EPR2 reactors to follow.

Nuclear Policies 17 January 2023


Poland's Respect Energy considers deploying French SMR design

Poland's Respect Energy considers deploying French SMR design

Polish renewable energy trader Respect Energy has signed an agreement with EDF to cooperate on the development of nuclear power projects in Poland based on France's Nuward small modular reactor technology.

New Nuclear 16 January 2023


ITER to replace 23km of cooling pipes on thermal shield panels

ITER to replace 23km of cooling pipes on thermal shield panels

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor fusion project has given a progress update on tackling the defects discovered last year in the thermal shields and vacuum vessel sector. It hopes to tender for the thermal shield work, and have a contractor in place, by the end of March.

New Nuclear 12 January 2023


Kozloduy and Framatome sign nuclear fuel agreement

Kozloduy and Framatome sign nuclear fuel agreement

The agreement with France's Framatome follows a deal with US firm Westinghouse and is part of the Bulgarian nuclear power plant's diversification of nuclear fuel supply.

Uranium & Fuel 04 January 2023


Further delay to Flamanville EPR start up

Further delay to Flamanville EPR start up

The loading of fuel into the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor in France has been put back again by at least six more months, with the estimated cost at completion increasing by a further EUR500 million (USD530 million), EDF has announced.

New Nuclear 19 December 2022