The French nuclear industry has today signed a strategic contract with the government and unions, covering the period 2019-2022, which proposes an action plan for the industry to succeed in “high-stake” projects. The contract was signed in Paris by Minister for an Ecological and Solidarity Transition François de Rugy, Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire, and Chairman of the Strategic Committee for the Nuclear Industry Dominique Minière. “The French civil nuclear industry sector is an integrated sector, whose activities – with the support of research and development – are structured around the fuel cycle, the operation of nuclear power reactors and decommissioning activities, and the management and disposal of radioactive waste,” the ministries said in a joint statement. The industry, they noted, represents 2600 enterprises (of which 85% are small- and medium-sized), accounts for 220,000 direct and indirect jobs, and has a turnover of EUR50 billion (USD57 billion), of which 22% is from exports.
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In France’s new energy strategy, the Macron administration has said how much will be allocated annually in tenders for ground-mount and rooftop PV projects over the next six years. In the best case scenario, France would have 44.5 GW of solar capacity by 2028, with renewables forecast to come in at up to 113 GW. The largest share of power generation by 2028, however, will still be taken by nuclear. With the controversial power source meeting around 71.6% of France’s demand at the moment, the government wanted that figure to fall to half by 2025 but has now admitted defeat on that ambition.
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