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Assystem, Uzbek energy ministry create JV

Assystem, Uzbek energy ministry create JV

Assystem and the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan have formalised the creation of a joint venture to oversee their cooperation in the implementation of the Central Asian country's energy transition. The development, which the French engineering group announced on 11 October, follows an agreement they signed on 16 May.

Corporate 17 October 2019


EDF warns of added costs of Flamanville EPR weld repairs

EDF warns of added costs of Flamanville EPR weld repairs

French utility EDF said its preferred option for repairing the main secondary system penetration welds, using robots, will increase the cost of constructing the Flamanville EPR by EUR1.5 billion (USD1.6 billion). The loading of fuel into the reactor would also be further delayed until the end of 2022.

New Nuclear 09 October 2019


IAEA sees improved operational safety at Bugey

IAEA sees improved operational safety at Bugey

EDF, the operator of the Bugey nuclear power plant in France, has strengthened operational safety by addressing the findings of an initial International Atomic Energy Agency review in 2017, a follow-up mission has concluded. The team also encouraged EDF to continuously improve safety performance.

Regulation & Safety 08 October 2019


Orano and Tepco cooperate further on decommissioning

Orano and Tepco cooperate further on decommissioning

France's Orano Group recently signed a cooperation agreement with Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to strengthen their cooperation on the decommissioning of nuclear facilities at the Fukushima Daiichi site.

Waste & Recycling 04 October 2019


EDF applies for approval to close Fessenheim

EDF applies for approval to close Fessenheim

French utility EDF has applied to shut down Fessenheim unit 1 on 22 February and unit 2 on 30 June next year. The announcement confirms last week's statement from Secretary of State for Ecological and Solidarity Transition Emmanuelle Wargon that France's oldest nuclear power plant would close by mid-2020.

Corporate 01 October 2019


Fessenheim plant to shut by mid-2020

Fessenheim plant to shut by mid-2020

Units 1 and 2 of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant in eastern France will permanently shut down in February and June 2020, respectively, Secretary of State for Ecological and Solidarity Transition Emmanuelle Wargon said yesterday. Their closure had previously been set to coincide with the start-up of the Flamanville EPR, which has now been delayed until possibly the end of 2022.

Nuclear Policies 27 September 2019


Viewpoint: The positive role of D&D

Viewpoint: The positive role of D&D

The dismantling and decommissioning business has a promising part to play in the future of the nuclear power industry as it now demonstrates to the public that a nuclear asset can be permanently withdrawn from service in a safe, sustainable, timely and cost-effective manner, writes Philippe Knoche, CEO of Orano.

Perspectives 30 September 2019


UAE seeks French expertise in waste management

UAE seeks French expertise in waste management

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with French radioactive waste management agency Andra to explore potential collaboration in the field of radioactive waste management.

Waste & Recycling 23 September 2019


No immediate action required on components, says EDF

No immediate action required on components, says EDF

In-service steam generators affected by non-compliance in a stress-relieving heat-treatment process are safe to continue in use, French utility EDF said today. Investigations into the deviation at Framatome's Saint-Marcel site are ongoing.

Corporate 18 September 2019


French-developed SMR design unveiled

French-developed SMR design unveiled

A new small modular reactor (SMR) design has been announced by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, EDF, Naval Group and TechnicAtome. The Nuward - with a capacity of 300-400 MWe - has been jointly developed using France's experience in pressurised water reactors.

New Nuclear 17 September 2019