The EDF Group is revising upwards its nuclear output estimate in France for 2020, to around 315-325 TWh, compared with the 300 TWh estimated on April 16. This revision reflects the adjustment of the duration of planned outages for 2020, taking into account the conditions observed on sites for resuming activities. The output estimate for 2021 and 2022 remains unchanged at this stage.
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On 24 June 2020, Orano Cycle declared to ASN a significant radiation protection event, which occurred on 11 February 2020 in the basic nuclear installation ( BNI ) 151, named Melox , located in Marcoule (Gard). The event took place in the pastillage workshop, intended for the compacting of mixtures of plutonium and uranium oxide powders into cylindrical pellets. These operations are carried out in “glove boxes”, which protect against the risk of dissemination of radioactive materials. When cleaning a “glove box” containing a compacting press, the piercing of a glove caused atmospheric contamination of the work room. This contamination was detected by the room surveillance beacons and the room was evacuated, in accordance with the procedures in force. Among the three people present in this room, one person was contaminated. It was supported by the CEA Marcoule medical service.
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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe resigned on Friday ahead of a government reshuffle by President Emmanuel Macron designed to bolster his green credentials and win back disillusioned voters ahead of a possible re-election bid.
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