France

For over thirty years now the large majority of French electricity has been produced from nuclear power. And in 2016, nuclear power still accounted for 73% of France’s electricity generation. Based on these first observations it is hard to imagine that we may currently be witnessing the early decline and inevitable fall of the almighty nuclear power industry in France, and yet…In recent years, the combination of economic & technological challenges, safety concerns, and the new direction of national energy policies have all contributed to seriously weaken the – once believed to be unshakeable – foundations of nuclear power in France.

Renewable Energy Institute 16th Nov 2017 read more »

France has reportedly outlined plans to reduce its reliance on nuclear power “as soon as possible” in a topsy turvy week for the uranium sector. France’s plans come the day after uranium stocks had jumped as major producer Kazatomprom announced production cuts. Junior ecology minister Brune Poirson told an industry conference in France that the country would reduce its share of nuclear energy in the electricity mix as soon as possible, but did not give a target date as the government was drawing up a new PPE (multi-year energy plan), Reuters reported. “The PPE … will lay out how we increase the share of renewable energy in our electricity mix and, little by little, reduce the share of nuclear,” Poirson told reporters.

Mining Journal 7th Dec 2017 read more »

EDF has received permission from France’s Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) to restart three reactors at the Tricastin power plant after carrying out repairs to a canal embankment. The regulator ordered the temporary shutdown of Tricastin’s reactors on 27 September because of the risks of failure of a 400 metre long portion of the embankment of the Donzére-Mondragon canal in the event of an earthquake.

World Nuclear News 7th Dec 2017 read more »

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Published: 7 December 2017