The Flamanville EPR, a nightmare site for EDF. The third-generation Norman reactor, scheduled to be launched in 2012, will not start until the end of 2022 due to faulty welds on the site. Launched in 2007, the third generation EPR reactor was initially to be connected to the electricity grid in 2012, and cost around 3.5 billion euros. In practice, it will not start before the end of 2022, at the earliest, and the bill will rise to more than 11 billion euros. An amount likely to be further revised upwards depending on the work that remains to be done.
Le Monde 30th Aug 2019 read more »
The Astrid Fast Reactor Project is shut down by the Atomic Energy Commission. A blow to the future of the sector. This was to be the next step in the development of the French nuclear industry, one that would allow it to project into the future, but which is likely never to see the light of day. According to our information, the Astrid Fast Neutron Reactor (RNR) project is being abandoned by the Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA), which is nevertheless at the origin.
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Astrid, the acronym for Advanced Sodium Technological Reactor for Industrial Demonstration, is a sodium-cooled fast reactor prototype project to be built at the Marcoule nuclear site in the Gard. The objective of this new generation is to use depleted uranium and plutonium as fuel, in other words to reuse the radioactive materials from the electricity generation of the current nuclear fleet and largely stored at the La Hague site. (Channel), operated by Orano (formerly Areva).
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French state nuclear agency CEA has abandoned research into so-called fourth-generation nuclear reactors, newspaper Le Monde reported on Friday. The CEA has done years of research and spent hundreds of millions of euros on developing a new sodium-cooled reactor in the ASTRID (Advanced Sodium Technological Reactor for Industrial Demonstration) project. In November last year, the CEA had already said it was considering to reduce ASTRID’s capacity to a 100-200 megawatt (MW) research model from the commercial-sized 600 MW originally planned. Le Monde quoted a CEA source as saying that the project is dead and that the agency spends no more time or money on it.
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