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Survey shows growing public support for nuclear in France

Survey shows growing public support for nuclear in France

For a majority of French people, the nuclear sector is seen as an asset for the country's energy independence, a public opinion poll conducted by research and consulting firm BVA on behalf of Orano has found. The survey also found 53% of French people consider that nuclear power is essential for the country's energy independence.

Nuclear Policies 21 October 2021


Regulator OKs fix to Flamanville EPR nozzle welds

Regulator OKs fix to Flamanville EPR nozzle welds

France's nuclear safety regulator, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire, has approved EDF's proposed solution for rectifying a design anomaly on three nozzles in the main primary system of the Flamanville EPR reactor. EDF's proposal to install a retaining collar around each of the concerned connections is not expected to delay the planned startup of the unit in late-2022.

Regulation & Safety 21 October 2021


France makes nuclear offer to Poland

France makes nuclear offer to Poland

France's EDF has made an offer to the Polish government to build as many as six EPR units. A project of that size would decarbonise 40% of the country's electricity and avoid up to 55 million tons of CO2 per year, EDF said. The "non-binding preliminary offer" represents a range of options for Poland. It details the engineering, procurement and construction that would be needed for four to six EPR units, at either two or three sites. The EPR units would produce 1650 MWe each.

New Nuclear 14 October 2021


Macron: Nuclear 'absolutely key' to France's future

Macron: Nuclear 'absolutely key' to France's future

Nuclear power was at the heart of French President Emmanuel Macron's France 2030 plan for re-industrialisation, announced yesterday. The plan includes a programme to demonstrate small reactor technology and mass production of hydrogen using nuclear electricity in this decade.

Nuclear Policies 13 October 2021


Orano completes new stable isotopes laboratory

Orano completes new stable isotopes laboratory

Orano has completed construction of a new laboratory for the production of stable isotopes at its Tricastin site. The French nuclear fuel cycle company said the laboratory - the first one of its kind in France - will begin operations in the second half of 2023.

Corporate 12 October 2021


IAEA finds commitment to safety at Paluel plant

IAEA finds commitment to safety at Paluel plant

EDF has demonstrated a commitment to safety at its Paluel nuclear power plant, an expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded. The team encouraged the operator to continue implementation of its operational safety improvement initiatives at the plant in northern France.

Regulation & Safety 08 October 2021


Normandy restates its support for EPRs at Penly

Normandy restates its support for EPRs at Penly

Local elected officials from the region around the Penly nuclear power plant in Normandy, northern France, have reiterated their support for the construction of two EPR2 reactors at the site. In a manifesto expressing their support, they say such a project - representing an investment of about EUR15 billion (USD17 billion) - would have a significant positive socio-economic impact on the region.

New Nuclear 23 September 2021


New Orano research centre inaugurated

New Orano research centre inaugurated

Orano's new Centre for Innovation in Extractive Metallurgy (Centre d'Innovation en Métallurgie Extractive, CIME) facility at its Bessines-sur-Gartempe site in the New Aquitaine region of France has been inaugurated by French Prime Minister Jean Castex. The new facility - one of the group's main R&D centres - will host industrial pilot tests for Orano projects under development, in particular for the recycling and recovery of radioactive and non-radioactive materials.

Corporate 21 September 2021


Q&A: Orano Conversion & Enrichment CEO Jacques Peythieu

Q&A: Orano Conversion & Enrichment CEO Jacques Peythieu

Jacques Peythieu, Chief Executive Officer of Orano Conversion & Enrichment, discusses the company's recovery from the impacts of the pandemic and industrial action, 2020 results, production ramp up at its Philippe Coste plant in France, and possible transformation of the conversion market due to the recently announced restart of Honeywell's conversion plant at Metropolis in the USA. He also assesses the prospects of enrichment market and the expected requirements for HALEU, as well as potential hurdles to supply capabilities or transportation of this material. A multinational nuclear fuel cycle company headquartered in Hauts-de-Seine, France, Orano has an order book worth EUR26 billion (USD31 billion).

Perspectives 31 August 2021


Orano signs contracts for return of German waste

Orano signs contracts for return of German waste

France's Orano said it has signed contracts with German utilities EnBW, PreussenElektra, RWE and Vattenfall for the return of all the German nuclear waste remaining at its La Hague reprocessing plant. The entry into force of the contracts - worth in total more than EUR1 billion (USD1.2 billion) - is subject to the formal agreement of the German and French governments.

Waste & Recycling 20 August 2021