A row has broken out in Paris after the French state-backed group building Britain’s new nuclear plant was ordered to scale down its production of atomic energy in France. Nicolas Hulot, minister for ecological change, said that EDF would have to close up to seventeen reactors over the next eight years under a government plan to reduce the country’s dependence on nuclear power. His announcement unnerved investors and EDF’s share price fell almost 2 per cent to €8.57 in afternoon trading in Paris, its lowest value since May. EDF has been lobbying to extend the life of its 58 reactors in France. It is also leading the project to build two new-generation European pressurised reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset, at a cost of £20.3 billion, to supply 7 per cent of Britain’s electricity needs. The figure caught commentators by surprise. “It is an extremely interesting announcement because it’s the first time we’ve had a figure and a government that breaks the taboo about not closing reactors,” Charlotte Mijeon, spokeswoman for Sortir du Nucléaire, an anti-nuclear campaign group, said.
The Times 11th July 2017 read more »
Electricite de France SA, the state-controlled operator of 58 nuclear reactors in France, may have to shut as many as 17 to fulfill government plans to reduce the share of atomic power in the country’s electricity output to 50 percent by 2025, Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot said. The exact number of shutdowns required isn’t clear because “we haven’t developed everything in our climate plan,” Hulot said Monday on RTL radio. Given the 50 percent target, “everyone can understand that we’ll close a number of reactors to achieve that goal, and not just one.” Shutting 17 reactors by 2025 would be a huge challenge for France and EDF, as nuclear power accounted for 72 percent of the country’s electricity output last year. While the government has pledged to boost renewables, it’s not yet evident how they would make up for the shutdown of almost a third of EDF’s reactors. The state would also face calls from the company to compensate it for potential loss of revenue and the cost of dismantling earlier than planned.
Bloomberg 10th July 2017 read more »
[Machine Translation] Nicolas Hulot, the minister of ecological transition, on Monday (July 10th) pledged to shut down nuclear reactors, “possibly up to 17”, to comply with the Energy Transition Act, which aims to reduce to 50 % The share of the atom in electricity production by 2025. “Everyone can understand that in order to achieve this objective, we will close a number of reactors … Let me plan things, it may be up to 17 reactors, we have to look,” said RTL the Minister. France currently has 58 reactors in 19 power stations.
Le Monde 10th July 2017 read more »
[Machine Translation] Nuclear: why does Nicolas Hulot want to close “up to 17 reactors” In order to reduce the share of the atom in energy production, the Minister of Ecological Transition gave on Monday a target of the desired closures by 2025.
Liberation 10th July 2017 read more »
[Machine Translation] EPR of Flamanville: discovery of waste buried for thirty years. At the EPR site, workers recovered waste from the construction of the first two reactors. It is a little like the dust that slips under the carpet. In May 2016, at the construction site of the new nuclear reactor type EPR in Flamanville (Manche), a shovel of excavators uncovered, at a depth of meters, waste … hidden for at least thirty years. The ASN (National Nuclear Safety Authority) quickly detected that plastic bags, pieces of wood, metal cables and other pipes of all sorts came from the construction of the first two Flamanville reactors between 1978 and 1986. The problem was That they should have been documented and processed at the time. The nuclear gendarme nevertheless wants reassurance: the waste would be a priori “non-dangerous”. After a first on-site visit on 7 July 2016, ASN sent a “follow-up letter” requesting additional information, in particular on the volume and nature of the waste. As the replies are delayed, the ASN takes advantage of a new inspection on 2 June to take stock. The description of the work carried out is described in a new follow-up letter which we procured and sent on June 23rd to the director of development of Flamanville 3. “ASN inspectors went to the site store and The engine room to examine the way in which chemicals are stored, it says. As well as at a groundwater abstraction facility to monitor its operating conditions. “
Le Parisien 10th July 2017 read more »