ASN draft decisions authorizing the commissioning of the basic nuclear installation 173, called Iceda, and prescribing its operating conditions. The basic nuclear installation (BNI) 173, called Iceda (conditioning and storage facility for activated waste), is intended for the packaging and storage of various categories of radioactive waste on the Bugey site (01). Its creation was authorized on April 23, 2010. During the operation and maintenance of pressurized water nuclear power plants, as well as in the context of the dismantling of eight first generation nuclear power plants (Brennilis, Bugey 1, Saint-Laurent A1 and A2, Chinon A1, A2 and A3 , Chooz A) and Creys-Malville, EDF produces activated waste which requires storage before being transferred to a disposal center:
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The Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) “alerted” Tuesday on the risk of “saturation” in the pools of the Orano (ex-Areva) plant in La Hague (Manche), where the spent fuel in French nuclear power plants cools, before being retired there. “We expect operators”, EDF and Orano, “to take up the subject in order to achieve the earliest possible creation of storage capacity, either underwater or dry but in any case safe, spent fuel”, warned Adrien Manchon, head of the Norman division of ASN, interviewed by AFP during an annual press conference audio conference.
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French utility EDF has notified three energy suppliers – Alpiq, Gazel Energie and Total Direct Energie – of the termination of their contracts under a mechanism that allows rival suppliers to buy electricity produced by EDF’s nuclear power plants. The suppliers had sought to invoke the force majeure clause in their supply contracts with EDF. Under the so-called Regulated Access to Incumbent Nuclear Electricity (Accès Régulé à l’Electricité Nucléaire Historique, ARENH) mechanism set up to foster competition, rival energy suppliers can buy electricity produced by EDF’s nuclear power plants located in France that were commissioned before 8 December 2010. Under such contracts, between July 2011 and December 2025, suppliers can buy up to 100 TWh – or about 25% of EDF’s annual nuclear output – at a fixed price of EUR42 (USD47) per MWh. EDF operates 57 reactors in France, with a total capacity of 62.3 GWe, which together provide about 75% of the country’s electricity. EDF announced today that it had terminated the ARENH contracts it has with Alpiq, Gazel and Total Direct Energie, as provided for in the contracts when an interruption occurs for a period of over two months.
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