The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Electricité de France’s Decommissioning and Waste Management Directorate (EDF DP2D) have agreed to work together to help countries to strengthen technology and human resources development for decommissioning nuclear power reactors that contain significant amounts of irradiated graphite. The agreement, valid until 2025, designates EDF DP2D Graphite Reactor Decommissioning Demonstrator as an IAEA Collaborating Centre, while formalising and expanding cooperation between EDF DP2D and IAEA.
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The government of France has reversed its policy of postponing a decision on building more EPR reactors until work was completed on the disastrous Flamanville plant in Normandy. Agnes Pannier-Runacher, the minister for industry, said on Friday that is was essential for France to expand its nuclear fleet if the country were to attain carbon neutrality by its target date of 2050. She said nuclear and renewable energy was “indispensable” for France’s energy sovereignty. This opens the way to work beginning on six further projects earlier than expected. The EPR reactor is a third-generation design produced by nuclear engineer Framatome and Électricité de France (EDF). The original version has proved difficult to build, with the first two project at Flamanville and Olkiluoto in Finland (pictured) both suffering lengthy delays and cost overruns. Two other reactors were completed at the Taishan plant in Guangdong, China, and entered service in 2018 and 2019 (see further reading).
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Emmanuel Macron ‘eyeing up French nuclear boom with mini-plants in £50million plan’. Information confirmed by the Elysee Palace suggests the President is considering the construction of Small Modular Reactors, also known as SMRs. These so-called mini power plants would in turn use their output to supplement existing reactors across the country – and contribute to the power grid.
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