EDF plans to build a new central storage pool for nuclear waste but has not yet decided on a site, the company said. French environment news site Reporterre on Tuesday wrote that EDF plans to build a central spent-fuel pool on the grounds of its Belleville-sur-Loire nuclear plant, which could receive up to 8,000 tonnes of spent fuel, the equivalent of up to about 90 reactor cores. An EDF spokesman confirmed that the utility, at the request of nuclear regulator ASN and the environment ministry, is studying the possibility of building such a site and will send a proposal to the ASN, by 2019 at the latest. The choice of a site would be made around 2020. He said the central pool would be built on the site of one of its 19 nuclear plants and that it would receive the spent fuel of all of EDF’s 58 nuclear reactors.
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[Machine Translation] EXCLUSIVE – EDF wants to build a giant pool of nuclear waste in Belleville-sur-Loire. The swimming pools of La Hague (Channel), where the spent fuel of the nuclear reactors are stored, overflow? No problem, EDF is currently preparing, in the greatest discretion, a new pool ” centralized storage ” to dump the surplus. According to information from Reporterre , EDF wants to build this very large equipment on the site of the Belleville-sur-Loire nuclear power plant in the Cher. It could accommodate between 6,000 and 8,000 tonnes of irradiated heavy metal (tMLi, the mass unit for irradiated fuels) – in short, the equivalent of 69 to 93 nuclear reactor cores of high-energy and high-energy fuels
Reporterre 13th Feb 2018 read more »
[Machine Translation] Radioactive waste: EDF’s “centralized” swimming pool resurfaces. According to “Reporterre”, the electrician would consider establishing in Belleville-sur-Loire (Cher) its future giant cooling pool to accommodate the spent fuel from its reactors. According to EDF, the choice of the site is not yet stopped.
Liberation 13th Feb 2018 read more »
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EDF plans to build a giant nuclear garbage pool in Belleville-sur-Loire instead of stopping producing unmanageable waste!
Sortir du Nucleaire 13th Feb 2018 read more »
Is nuclear power flexible, round 2: a rise of 21GW in 30 minutes on the French fleet? Last October, I wrote an article on the flexibility of nuclear power and its compatibility with a large part of intermittent renewable energy, I deplored the lack of existing work on the subject. Since then, the maneuverability of the French nuclear fleet has become a strategic topic in the debate on the new EPP, but few new information has come to inform the discussion. Tired of waiting, I propose my own estimate based on the actual production of French reactors since 2011.
Energie & Development 13th Feb 2018 read more »
Emmanuel Macron does not exclude the construction of new nuclear reactors.
Europe1 13th Feb 2018 read more »
The French government should await the findings of a public debate before it drafts how it will meet its goal of reducing the share of nuclear energy in power generation, the commission tasked with organising the forum said on Tuesday. The most controversial issue is how many of French state-controlled utility EDF’s 58 nuclear reactors will have to close to reach the 50 percent target and by when. After initial consultations with energy companies, NGOs and sector specialists last month, a public debate is planned between mid-March and June. A first draft of the new PPE is due this summer.
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