[Machine translation] Nuclear: these signs of aging that EDF would like to make disappear. More than a third of French nuclear reactors undergo an excessive demand of their circuits. EDF monitors these phenomena but does not repair them. However, the older the plants, the more these problems increase. Our revelations from internal documents obtained from a whistleblower. In collaboration with the German site Correctiv. With a capacity of 900 megawatts (MW), the 34 oldest reactors of the park begin to exceed their 40 th year of use and therefore to undergo the examination. To determine the conditions, an unprecedented consultation of the public has just opened and will last until March 2019. In 2015, the energy transition law for green growth marked the principle of reducing the proportion of nuclear energy to 50% by 2025. But EDF, an 85% state-owned company, refuses this deadline and plans to close no reactor before 2029, with the exception of those of Fessenheim (Alsace), at the time when the EPR of Flamanville (Manche) will enter into activity. This position of negation of a law yet voted is tacitly supported by Édouard Philippe, who has just announced that the multiannual energy programming (EPP) , expected document end of October, will set the goal of a reduction to 50 % of electricity of nuclear origin around 2035.
Mediapart 12th Sept 2018 read more »
French nuclear group Orano on Monday inaugurated a 1.15 billion euro (1.02 billion pounds)uranium conversion plant despite huge global overcapacity for nuclear reactor fuel. State-owned Orano’s new plant in Tricastin, southern France, will account for a quarter of the world’s 60,000-tonne annual uranium hexafluoride (UF6) production capacity when it fully ramps up in 2021 and is set to have the industry’s lowest costs, the company said. UF6, produced by combining “yellowcake” uranium ore concentrate with fluorine, is a precursor of enriched uranium, which fuels the world’s nuclear plants.
Euronews 11th Sept 2018 read more »
In France, nuclear power is a state religion. The stubbornness of EDF and the state to invest in nuclear power while the industry’s troubles are multiplying is ” irrational “, says the author of this forum. Who sees in it the persistence of a tenacious belief, of the order of the religious.
Reporterre 13th Sept 2018 read more »