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Final major contracts signed for Iter Tokamak Complex assembly

Final major contracts signed for Iter Tokamak Complex assembly

The ITER Organisation has selected the contractors to carry out assembly and installation activities inside the Tokamak Complex at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter), under construction in Cadarache, France. These contracts are the last major assembly and installation contracts planned for first-phase Iter assembly.

New Nuclear 12 January 2021


Macron stresses importance of nuclear energy for France

Macron stresses importance of nuclear energy for France

French President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday that France's energy and ecological future depends on nuclear power. Speaking during a visit to Framatome's Le Creusot facility, Macron said the industry comprises 3000 companies and 220,000 jobs, with 5000 new hires planned for 2021 in spite of the crisis caused by the pandemic. "Few sectors offer as much, in particular to our young people and all across the country," Macron tweeted.

Nuclear Policies 09 December 2020


Rolls-Royce agrees sale of I&C business to Framatome

Rolls-Royce agrees sale of I&C business to Framatome

British engineering firm Rolls-Royce announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell its civil nuclear instrumentation and control (I&C) business to France's Framatome. No UK-based employees are impacted as the agreement does not include Rolls-Royce's civil nuclear business, or small modular reactor activities.

Corporate 07 December 2020


Head of EDF calls for Europe to include nuclear in Green Deal

Head of EDF calls for Europe to include nuclear in Green Deal

The European Commission should include nuclear among the clean energy technologies that will be financed under the Green Deal low-carbon policy, EDF chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy said today in an online chat with International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol. Several European countries, he noted, are relying on nuclear generation to help them meet their energy and climate goals.

Energy & Environment 25 November 2020


E3 responds to latest IAEA verification of Iran

E3 responds to latest IAEA verification of Iran

The International Atomic Energy Agency has verified that Iran is feeding uranium hexafluoride into a recently installed cascade of 174 IR-2M centrifuges at the Fuel Enrichment Plant in Natanz. France, Germany and the UK - the E3 - warned yesterday that Iran's further violations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action were "hollowing out" core non-proliferation benefits of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Regulation & Safety 19 November 2020


Framatome forge raises replacement parts production

Framatome forge raises replacement parts production

Framatome has ramped up production of replacement component parts at its manufacturing plant located at Le Creusot, France. On 28 October, forging operations began on the first shell that will be used for the fabrication of replacement steam generators for the French nuclear fleet.

Corporate 17 November 2020


3D-printed fuel parts complete initial irradiation cycle

3D-printed fuel parts complete initial irradiation cycle

Fuel elements produced by Framatome using 3D printing technology have completed the first cycle of irradiation at the Gösgen nuclear power plant in Switzerland. These experimental stainless steel and nickel-based alloy components were installed in the 1010 MWe pressurised water reactor in 2019 for a five-cycle programme as part of a qualification project. Framatome said the fuel elements irradiated in the Gösgen plant will be further examined to confirm behaviour in real operating conditions.

Uranium & Fuel 05 November 2020


France and Romania plan joint work on Cernavoda project

France and Romania plan joint work on Cernavoda project

France and Romania have signed a declaration of intent on cooperation in the civil nuclear field, which aims, among other things, to work "with strategic partners" to build units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant and to upgrade unit 1. The document was signed yesterday by French Prime Minister Jean Castex and his Romanian counterpart Ludovic Orban, who led a delegation of his ministers to Paris.

Nuclear Policies 27 October 2020


EDF sees progress in plan to reinvigorate French industry

EDF sees progress in plan to reinvigorate French industry

France's EDF has issued an initial progress report on the status of its excell plan, saying commitments made under the plan have now been met or are close to being so. The plan aims to enhance the French nuclear industry's manufacturing quality, boost skills and tighten governance of major nuclear projects.

Corporate 16 October 2020


Project launched to digitally clone all French reactors

Project launched to digitally clone all French reactors

Digital twins of every unit in France's fleet of nuclear power reactors are to be developed under a four-year project involving partners from academia and industry. These cloned reactors will serve as a training simulator for the new generation of operators and a simulation environment for engineering studies.

New Nuclear 23 September 2020