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Fresh delay to Flamanville 3 blamed on pandemic

Fresh delay to Flamanville 3 blamed on pandemic

The start of operations for the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor in France has been put back, with EDF saying the Covid-19 pandemic had made preparations "more difficult".

New Nuclear 12 January 2022


Dismantling of Marcoule reprocessing cell approaching

Dismantling of Marcoule reprocessing cell approaching

The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and Onet Technologies expect early next year to begin dismantling the C419 cell of the APM pilot used fuel reprocessing plant facility at CEA's Marcoule site. A robot developed for the task is currently dismantling the front wall of the cell in order to gain access.

Waste & Recycling 23 December 2021


Equipment for deconversion arrives at Zheleznogorsk

Equipment for deconversion arrives at Zheleznogorsk

The first equipment has arrived at a deconversion plant being built by Russia's Rosatom and France's Orano in eastern Siberia. The plant is part of a long-term project to manage and make use of depleted uranium stocks in Russia.

Waste & Recycling 23 December 2021


Assystem to cooperate with Naarea on micro-reactor

Assystem to cooperate with Naarea on micro-reactor

French engineering group Assystem has signed a cooperation agreement with newly-created French micro-reactor developer Naarea to build its ultra-compact eXtra Small Modular Reactor (XSMR). Dassault Systèmes is to supply Naarea with a cloud-based platform on which to virtually design the 1 to 40 MW molten salt reactor. Naarea expects the first units of XSMR to be produced by 2030.

New Nuclear 03 December 2021


MoU aims to produce Co-60 in French PWRs

MoU aims to produce Co-60 in French PWRs

Westinghouse Electric Company and EDF have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to produce cobalt-60 in selected pressurised water reactors owned and operated by EDF in France. The agreement is the first step towards production in Europe of the radioisotope for medical uses, the companies said.

Regulation & Safety 02 December 2021


Framatome and Rosatom expand cooperation

Framatome and Rosatom expand cooperation

France's Framatome and Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom have signed a new strategic cooperation agreement further expanding the companies' efforts to develop fuel fabrication and instrumentation and control  technologies. The new agreement expands the companies' existing relationship, established through a 2017 Memorandum of Understanding, creating a framework for joint work in new areas.

Corporate 02 December 2021


IAEA finds commitment to safety at Belleville plant

IAEA finds commitment to safety at Belleville plant

EDF has demonstrated commitment to safety at its Belleville nuclear power plant in central France by introducing additional methods to prepare for accident management and using innovative approaches in the training of plant staff, an expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded. The team also identified areas for further enhancement, for example in operation, maintenance and operating experience.

Regulation & Safety 02 December 2021


France may need to postpone reactor closures, says IEA

France may need to postpone reactor closures, says IEA

The French government will need to take important decisions to ensure the country gets on track to meet its 2050 net-zero emissions goal, particularly in terms of plans to modernise its nuclear power fleet, according to the International Energy Agency. It said the country may need to delay the planned closure of its 12 oldest reactors by 2035 in order to ensure sufficient supply due to the slow pace of growth in renewable energy.

Nuclear Policies 01 December 2021


Joint venture to develop GeoMelt vitrification technology

Joint venture to develop GeoMelt vitrification technology

France's EDF and water, waste and energy management company Veolia will early next year create a joint venture - to be known as Waste2Glass - to develop Veolia's GeoMelt vitrification technology. The partners hope to extend the application of the technology beyond high-level radioactive waste.

Waste & Recycling 01 December 2021


Macron says France will construct new reactors

Macron says France will construct new reactors

France will build new nuclear power reactors in order to maintain its energy security and to meet its climate change goals, President Emmanuel Macron said in an address to the nation yesterday. An official decision on the construction of further EPR reactors in the country is due shortly.

Nuclear Policies 10 November 2021