For a long time, it seemed that France, Europe’s leading nuclear power producer, will seek to decrease the share of nuclear in its energy matrix. The 2015 Energy Transition for Green Growth law stipulated that by 2025 the share of nuclear would have to drop from the current 75percent (the highest rate in Europe) to 50 percent, whilst capping maximum production capacity at 63.2 GW, i.e. roughly the level where it stands currently. However, coping with the challenges of energy supply proved to be too complex to cut down on France’s traditional buttress, nuclear power – in fact, during Francois Hollande’s tenure not a single nuclear reactor what shut down. Renaming the Energy Ministry into the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition did not help – with Nicolas Hulot stepping down, nuclear seems to burst back onto France’s energy policy agenda.
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ASN submits to the public consultation on its website a draft decision authorizing the commissioning and use of the Flamanville EPR reactor vessel between 3 and 24 September 2018. After giving an opinion in 2017 on the anomaly of the chemical composition of the steel of the lid and the bottom of the tank, ASN continued the overall evaluation of the tank. On this basis, ASN has drawn up a draft decision authorizing the putting into service and use of this equipment.
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