[Machine Translation] “It is said it is done #energytransition”. Ségolène Royal welcomed Sunday on Twitter the publication in the “Official Journal”, the same morning, of the decree endorsing a new stage of the eventful process of closing the Fessenheim plant in Alsace. “The authorization to operate the Fessemheim nuclear power plant is repealed,” the text says, which nevertheless states that the said repeal will apply “from the date of putting into service of the Flamanville EPR” (Supposed to take place at the end of 2018), and only if EDF requests it six months before – a legal prerequisite. Another condition is that the closure of Fessemheim “will be necessary to maintain the ceiling set by law” (a maximum nuclear capacity of 63.2 gigawatts for the country). With this decree, Ségolène Royal wants to save the face of the government and the campaign promise of François Hollande. Its three articles repeat word for word, or almost, the suspensive clauses imposed on Thursday by the board of directors of EDF.
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The outgoing French government has published a decree to repeal EDF’s licence to operate the Fessenheim nuclear power plant. The plant, it said, must be shut down when the Flamanville EPR begins commercial operation, expected by 2020, as EDF has already agreed. The decree – published in the Official Journal yesterday – sets out the conditions for closing Fessenheim, France’s oldest nuclear power plant. It states that EDF’s authorisation to operate the plant’s two 880 MWe pressurized water reactors will be withdrawn from the day that the Flamanville 3 EPR “enters into service”. Publication of the decree comes just days after the utility said it intends to comply with previously announced legal requirements regarding the plant’s continued operation. In accordance with French law, a decree is required to revoke the Fessenheim plant’s operating licence. This decree, however, is to be issued at EDF’s request. Following a board meeting on 7 April, EDF said it will instruct its chairman and CEO to issue a request for this decree within six months prior to the commissioning of the Flamanville 3 EPR. In response to the board’s decision, France’s Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea said it would “legally endorse … in the coming days” the “inevitable and irreversible” closure of the Fessenheim plant.
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