The Court of Auditors’ alert on the costs of dismantling nuclear power plants. With the shutdown of the first reactor at the Fessenheim nuclear power plant (Haut-Rhin), on Saturday, February 22, France entered a new phase in its history with the civil atom: the start of a long shutdown process reactors built in the 1980s and 1990s, which will lead to the dismantling of these facilities. In a report written at the request of the Senate finance committee and published Wednesday March 4, the Court of Auditors severely judges the schedule and the costs envisaged by EDF, Orano (ex-Areva) and the CEA to ensure the end of its power stations. It also calls on the State to seriously anticipate future reactor shutdowns and to better plan its energy policy in this area.
Le Monde 4th March 2020 read more »
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French power utility EDF has extended outages at three of its nuclear reactors by several weeks, according to data from electricity grid operator RTE on 27 February. The restart of EDF’s 1330MWe reactor at unit 2 of the Paluel nuclear plant has been delayed by 16 weeks to 31 August. The outage may last longer due to a technical issue requiring a new and complex maintenance process, EDF said. Paluel 2 has been offline since October 2019 for planned upgrade and maintenance. The reactor had initially been expected to resume operation at the end of December. EDF also said outages at Flamanville 1&2 had been extended until 31 May from mid-April. It added that the shutdown may be extend due to complex maintenance activities. Flamanville 1 has been offline since September 2019, and Flamanville 2, since 10 January 2019. The French Nuclear Safety Authority placed both Flamanville reactors under increased surveillance in September following shortcomings in maintenance and contractor oversight.
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France began shutting down its oldest nuclear plant last month after 43 years of operation, the first in a series of closures the government has proposed though the the country won’t altogether abandon its reliance on nuclear power. Yet the closure of the two reactors at the Fessenheim plant along the Rhine River on France’s border with Switzerland and Germany, is part of a broad energy strategy to rely more on renewable energy sources. That strategy would see French dependence on nuclear energy from supplying three-quarters of its electricity to about half by 2035.
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